Kirsten blames IPL for India's demise in T20

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 11:17 [IST]
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Kirsten blames IPL for India's exit

Nottingham: Postmortem has begun after India's early demise from Twenty20 World Cup.

Indian coach Gary Kirsten came down heavily on lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) for India's below par performance in the T20 world cup. He also requested the administrators to rest the leading players from playing IPL in the future.

Defending champions India were crashed out Twenty20 World Cup by England on Sunday.

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"A lot of those niggles were picked up during the IPL," Kirsten told media men. "We lose contact with our players during the IPL because they are connected and responsible to their franchises and the players take a lot of pride representing their franchises as well.

"The bottom line was the amount of cricket that was being played and the amount of niggles that came into this tournament. Maybe we need to consider pulling players out, but whether that is possible I dont know."

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IPL's schedule for the next year is likely to clash with ICC staging another Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies in April.

India missed the services of their explosive opening batsman Virender Sehwag because of a shoulder injury while Zaheer Khan missed the start of the tournament after sustaining a shoulder injury in the IPL.

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