Mumbai: Reacting sharply to coach Gary Kirsten's comments that the IPL was one of the reasons for India's early exit from the T20 World Cup, the BCCI on Tuesday said it had not forced anyone to play in the IPL and players were free to ask for rest if they feel fatigued. The BCCI said players could opt out of any tournament if they were tired or were not fit.
"BCCI has made it clear that whenever a player feels he is fatigued, he can always let it be known to the board and he will be given rest. After rest and if he is fit, he can be considered for selection again," BCCI Media and Finance committee chairman Rajiv Shukla said.
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“We are not forcing any player to play any series or tournament," he added. Asked pointedly on Kirsten's comments that the Indian players lacked intensity after playing in the IPL, which could be a reason for their early ouster from the Twenty20 World Cup, Shukla said: “These are all suggestions made for the improvement of the game in the country."
Earlier, Kirsten had blamed player burn out for their poor performance in the T20 World Cup.
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A lot of niggles were picked up during the IPL," Kirsten had told reporters at the team hotel. "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."