Modi defends 'strategy breaks' in IPL

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 14:39 [IST]
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Strategy breaks will continue: Modi

Cape Town: IPL chairman Lalit Modi has insisted that the 'strategy breaks' in the ongoing second season will continue.

However, he did admit that the experiment has not gone down too well with a section of players.

The seven-and-half-minute break at the end of every 10 overs has been criticised for slowing down the pace of the game with some players complaining that it was also disturbing their rhythm.

Modi said he was aware of the issues raised by players and would consider the suggestions.

"Some players feel one way and others feel the other. We will evolve over the time. Some players want two-minute breaks like in America. We are going to test it out and see," Modi told a news channel.

Organisers claim that the strategy breaks were introduced this season to allow teams time to make their plans in the middle of the game.

But critics argue that the breaks were meant to increase revenue by giving away slots to advertisers.

'Strategy break' comes under scanner

Star players like Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar have given a thumbs down to the idea, saying that the breaks have only broken the momentum of the matches.

Meanwhile, Modi said Kings XI Punjab, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by Duckworth/Lewis method last night, want the system scrapped.

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