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Manjerakar questions logic behind Windies series

Published: Friday, July 3, 2009, 10:22 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: India's former player Sanjay Manjerakar has lashed out at BCCI for the on-going four-match ODI series in the West Indies and said with an already busy schedule in place, such tours can only result in players' exhaustion.

After the disappointing performance in T20 world cup Indian flew directly to West India for the ODI series.

Indian cricketers fitness was one of the prime reason which was cited by the cricket pundits for India's humiliating exit from the 2009 world cup.

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" Its foolish idea that travel all the way to the West Indies and just play four one-day internationals, that too immediately after the World T20. I think it must have been a logistical compromise but let us hope we do not have such kind of tours," Manjrekar said.

Manjerakar feels a series consisting of even number of matches are devoid of any logic as they often yield no result and asked the International Cricket Council to step in immediately to regulate such practices.

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"What happens if it is tied at 2-2? I also don't see the logic of four ODIs. It should either be five, or three. This is something that ICC should stipulate as early as possible. I don't see a reason why administrators plan a four-match series. The ICC needs to wake up to the problem," he said.

On the rising popularity of Twenty20 cricket, Manjrekar feels that fate of ODIs in near future will depend on viewers adjustment to the 50-over format after experiencing the slam bang version.

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