IPL is ruining Windies' cricket future: Tufnell

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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 16:27 [IST]
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IPL will ruin Windies' cricket: Tufnell

London, May 16: Former England spinner Phil Tufnell feels the West Indies team is moving towards trouble when facing England during the three-Test matches due to the absence of several key players in the Test squad who have chosen to play for the money machine Indian Premier League.

Tufnell has said absence of batsman Chris Gayle, spinner Sunil Narine and all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo due to IPL stints is a big concern for Windies cricket.

"It's going to be disappointing for us this summer not seeing these guys coming over and playing in the Test matches because they are half the side they would be with them," The Sun quoted Tufnell, as writing in his new book Tuffers' Cricket Tales.

Tufnell recalled his early playing days when the Windies would put forward their best playing XI saying it was exciting to watch them perform.

"I remember the days when your best XI from the Caribbean went out and played the Test matches, and it was always a delight to see. It does feel a little bit second hand now in some respects," he said.

Tufnell said he would not like young cricketers follow Twenty20 cricket early on or play for the money.

"The likes of Pollard, Bravo and Gayle in the Test side just makes it a hell of a lot more exciting for the paying punter. There are obviously reasons for it and they've got to get it sorted out but that's why I worry a little bit for the Test match game," Tufnell wrote.

"You don't want all the talent just going where the money is. Test match cricket gets forgotten a little bit. I don’t want to see young cricketers growing up wanting to be a T20 cricketer. I think you’ve got to grow up to want to play Test cricket and T20 cricket,” he said.


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