Kolkata, June 2: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has joined the "country vs club" debate but ultimately sat on the fence. However, he said keeping with cricket's glowing tradition, playing for one's nation should be of paramount importance and take precedence over domestic money-spinning events like the Indian Premier League IPL.
"Always country comes first but at the same time you need to draw a fine balance. It's for the Board maintain a balance between international assignments and IPL. Don''t forget IPL is a product of BCCI," the former captain told the reporters at a promotional event here today.
Commenting on the issue of injury management for the players, he said that the tournament needs big names like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Warne.
"It would not be so successful without the likes of Tendulkars, Shane Warnes among others. It's very difficult to balance as the players are humans after all. So at some stage they need rest. But at the same time IPL is so big. It's very difficult to balance as BCCI wants all the players to take part in IPL."