Rotation policy should be flexible, says Srinath

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Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 13:04 [IST]
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Drop struggling players, says Srinath

Noida, Feb 18: Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath has backed India's rotation policy but opines in-form players should not be rested ahead of struggling cricketers.

Also read: Out-of-form players need rest, not Tendulkar

"Rotation is a good thing, but it should not happen at the cost of the team's interest. If someone is performing well, like Gautam Gambhir, give him a longer run. If someone is struggling, drop him for more than one game. It should not be written in stone but be flexible," said Srinath, who is also the Secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and a ICC match referee.

In the ongoing tri-series, India have opted to give rest to their top three batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag.

But Srinath feels the policy of rotation should help the team and should not hamper team's performance.

When Srinath was queried about retirement plans of senior batsmen like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, he felt transition should happen at the right time.

"I had never expected Dravid, Laxman and Gambhir to fail in the Test series against Australia. Transition should happen at the right time. It's up to the national selectors to take a call on these players. It takes a lot to go out of the team. If you think that you have reached the high of your game, then you'll have the satisfaction (of retiring)," Srinath said during a panel debate titled 'Hitting The Right Pitch' on the future of the Indian cricket, organised by a news channel here.

Srinath, who took 236 wickets from 67 Tests and 315 scalps in 229 ODIs, said that in order to revamp the domestic cricket structure of the country, pitches should be prepared that suit the fast bowlers.

"To improve the domestic structure, prepare fast wickets.You will not see much success for fast bowlers in India until and unless you prepare lively tracks that suit them."

He also advised youngsters Ashok Dinda and Varun Aaron to play county cricket in England for at least one year to hone their skills and avoid injury issues.

"My advise to them is to play county cricket for one year. Your body will shape in the right direction and you will understand the depth of fast bowling. Look at Zaheer Khan...after completing his stint with Worcestershire, he became an altogether different bowler," he said.


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