IPL responsible for India debacle: Amarnath

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 12:54 [IST]
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'IPL responsible for India debacle'

New Delhi: Former Indian cricketer Mohinder Amarnath blamed IPL for India's debacle in the Twenty20 World Cup and also questioned the purpose of India's short tour to West Indies.

Amarnath backed Indian coach Gary Kirsten views on team's defeat but refused to measure skills of Indian players on the Twenty20 yardstick.

Indians put up a disastrous show in the T20 world cup as they were knocked out in the Super Eight Stage of the tournament. Indian team physio revealed that five key players including skipper MS Dhoni carried injuries to the mega event.


The former cricketer questioned the timing of Indian Premier League ahead of the World Cup.

"Half of the team was not fit in the World Cup so how can you expect them to win? It was not IPL, it was international cricket. Playing for the country is of utmost importance so better planning would have helped in avoiding those injuries," Amarnath said.

"You cannot evaluate a players talent on the basis of performance in Twenty20. Its a matter of 20 overs and the game could go either way. A judgement cannot be passed after defeat or victory in just one tournament," he said.

Amarnath was also baffled with the scheduling of the short West Indies tour which he feels lacks sense and utter waste of time.

"I don't think so that team will be benefited in any way by playing four one-dayers in West Indies. Its all wastage of time. It needs a better planning in future so that the issue of players fatigue does not arise," the former all-rounder said.

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India will play a four-match one-day series in the Caribbean, starting June 26.


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