Bangalore, Aug 18: The Wall of Indian cricket, Rahul Dravid feels best players should be made available for both cash-rich Indian Premier League and Test cricket for their countries, as he put his view strongly and urged ICC to have IPL window in the international schedule.
Having spoken to BBC's Test Match special on Thursday Dravid put his views clear as he urged the need to have an IPL window.
Talking about the consequences faced by cricketers like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen, having played the IPL and not being a part of the national side, said if ICC ensures a window for IPL, best players can be made available for both IPL and Test cricket as many people would love to play IPL.
"The reality is the IPL is an important tournament and people do want to play it. And we are probably coming to a stage where maybe a time will come when there will need to be give-and-take, whether it is finding a window, or whether making the tournament a little shorter."
Dravid also stressed on the fact that it is disappointing to see a player like Pietersen who is dropped for various reasons, for the final Test against South Africa.
"In time, we are getting to that stage where all of us want the best players playing (Test cricket). We all want Chris Gayle playing for West Indies whenever West Indies play a Test match. None of us wants to see a situation today where a great player like Kevin misses out for whatever reasons and I don't want to get into that. But it is disappointing. The game is a loser when the top players don't play Test cricket."
Dravid also stressed that Test cricket cannot miss players of Gayle, Pietersen's caliber as they are fantastic for Test cricket, as they are for IPL and T20.
"I would love to be in a situation where the best players can play the IPL as well as represent their country in Test cricket," Dravid said.
"People like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen are fantastic for Test cricket as they are for IPL and T20 cricket. And they have a short window in which to show us their talent. At the end of the day, this is the game for the fans. The best players should represent their country, it is not only about the people who come to the ground. It is also for the young boys and girls who passionately follow their country in Test cricket. It is hard and disappointing when the best players don't turn up to play for their country."