India coach Kirsten told not to write columns

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: BCCI has asked Indian coach Gary Kirsten and his assistant Paddy Upton, mental conditioning coach of the team, to stop publishing post match comments and columns on the former South African player's website, garykirsten.com.

"He had already taken permission about his website, so there's no issue there. But he cannot write post match comments or columns. The same holds true for Upton too. That's as per our policy," BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty was quoted as saying by PTI.

The website has published Kirsten's views about the matches played by India.On a column published on June 25, Kirsten said there was a need to introduce a rotation policy, adding that one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in need of rest.

Stating that implementing this won't be a child's play, Kirsten wrote that the players were mature enough "to accept that there is simply too much cricket for any single player to perform at his best all the time."

Kirsten has also indicated that India's limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni "is probably the most obvious example of a man needing a break" adding that going by his own experience "by the time a player is feeling tired or flat it is already too late to rest him."

"The rest needs to happen before fatigue sets in. MS is a brilliant cricketer and the sort of man who is happy to play every game, but he knows that it is not practical. Fatigue can also lead to loss of form as well as injuries, both of which can adversely affect a player's long-term career," he wrote.


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