Greig says, not playing Tendulkar is a 'disgrace'

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Published: Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:26 [IST]
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Resting Tendulkar a 'disgrace': Greig

Adelaide, Feb 13: Former England captain, Tony Greig, who is currently associated with a TV Channel to give commentary for the on-going ODI Tri-series featuring India, Sri Lanka and Australia has termed the resting of senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Michael Hussey as 'disgrace'.

Disappointed with the rotation policy, the former cricketer said "Channel Nine" and the fans should be given a financial compensation for resting the seniors.

"TV networks should receive a rebate on TV rights fees if stars are rested and the same should apply to those who have bought tickets," Greig wrote on his twitter page.

"Tendulkar rested - that's a disgrace as is the resting of Hussey!!!! What about the cricket lovers?"

As per the rotation policy, both Australia and India are currently planning to rest a few players for every match as they plan to give opportunities to all the players in the squad.

Channel Nine's executive producer of cricket, Brad McNamara too has expressed his displeasure as he expected the best players to participate in all the games.

"We want the best players playing every game, as simple as that. Anything that affects our viewing audience is an issue, it's as simple as that. If it has the potential to do that, it is an issue," McNamara was quoted as saying in the "Sydney Morning Herald".

While the broadcaster did express his displeasure regarding resting the senior players, he also revealed that this move, also has the potential to hurt the ratings of the broadcaster ESPN-Star, who are showing the matches in India.

"Imagine what it has done to the viewing audience in India?" McNamara said.

"That particular resting probably has more of an issue for the Indian audience although there are a lot of people (in Australia) who like watching Tendulkar bat. We would much prefer he was playing, put it that way."


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