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Indian team is jaded, tired: Younis Khan

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 13:17 [IST]
 
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Team India is jaded, tired: Younis Khan

Karachi: 'Tired and jaded' Indian team is a perfect example of how non-stop cricket can affect a side's performance, says Younis Khan, captain of Pakistan team.

Younis urged ICC to reinvent the non-stop international calendar as the exhaustive schedule was leading to many fitness issues for players.

"Pakistan has not played that much cricket in the last two years due to the security issues in our country but the other teams are playing non-stop particularly commercially viable sides like India and Australia," he said.

In the ongoing India Australia series, visitors have established an unassailable lead of 4-2.

"You can see how some of the players especially Indians are looking jaded and tired. I think it would be a good idea if the administrators rethink the international calendar when they finalise the post 2012 future tours program," he added.

Pak captain felt fewer matches spread over lesser number of venues would help the players remain fit.

"It would be a good idea if the travelling of teams was cut down on tours and during tournaments. It would be good for players if one venue was selected to host at least two matches in a series that would cut down the travelling of teams," he said.

"It is always easier to adjust to weather conditions and other details when you play more than one match at one venue. It eases the pressure of travelling on players," Younis added.

Younis also requested ICC to lay out mandatory breaks of at least two weeks between series and tournaments to allow players to recharge.

"I just fear that we don't have an overkill of international cricket in all three formats of the sport," he said.

Younis said while it was good that more money was coming into the sport but that there was a need to balance things.

The veteran batsman said this was one of the reasons why he was keen to see a players association formed in Pakistan.

"I think schedules can be made after due consultations with representative bodies of the players at every level," he added.

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