New Delhi: Indian team coach Gary Kirsten feels that IPL may force cricketers to consider early retirement.
"It is a natural that the guys are then going to say I'm not interested in bowling 25 overs in a day when I can bowl four overs in a six-week period and earn three times as much," Kirtsen was quoted as saying by a leading cricket website.
Reacting on Andrew Flintoff's early retirement, Indian coach said, “The worrying side that Im seeing is that a guy like Flintoff, a high profile cricketer, has now made the decision to leave Test cricket, because he feels that he can get more out of his body and earn much more money by moving away from Test cricket and playing ODIs and Twenty20 cricket. He is perfectly right in his decision. Why not?"
“It"s quite interesting that we"ve got a T20 World Cup in April next year in the West Indies and Team India don"t play one T20 game until that tournament starts."
“The one area that is concerning me about where test cricket is going is that if you are going to be paying playing substantially more to play IPL as opposed to playing a test match for their country, it"s a natural progression that the guys are then going to say 'I"m not interested in bowling 25 overs in a day when I can bowl four over a six-day period and earn three times as much.""
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Kirsten said that it is important that every country needed to look at Test cricket and say how important it was to them.
“Team India plays six tests this year. Is that sufficient or are there other priorities? I don"t know."
“We do need to look at the economics, but if we are going to keep test cricket going like we wanted to, we need to sort out the priorities of test cricket and (whether it) stands above anything else (like) T20 cricket."