Test cricket worst affected due to IPL?

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Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 17:32 [IST]
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Test cricket worst affected due to IPL?

Colombo, Sep 13: Having refused to give a separate window for Indian Premier League, ICC might face more trouble, as Test cricket is the worst affected as a Test series between Sri Lanka and West Indies slated for April 2013 had to be abandoned due to IPL.

This year, also witnessed a couple of issues while the lucrative league was on, as players had to accomodate themselves in order to be a part of the league which led to a few issues.

England cricketer Pietersen left for England to concentrate on national duty having played a few matches for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 5, but after leaving, he insisted on playing the cash-rich league which that landed him in trouble.

It is learnt that during his talks with the board, Pietersen had told them about his participation in IPL 6, irrespective of other tours.

Kevin Pietersen, who wanted to concentrate on T20s and Test cricket decided to announce his retirement as the policy did not allow him to choose T20s alone, as players should play both ODIs and T20s or Test cricket alone.

Similarly in 2011, Sri Lankan players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene missed the tour matches against England due to IPL commitments.

If that wasn't enough, Sunil Narine (West Indies) also missed two Test matches against England since he was playing the lucrative league.

Moreover, a bigger issue that rocked the cricketing world was the spat between Chris Gayle and Werst Indies Cricket Board, as Chris Gayle was ignored for a year as he was enjoying his break from international cricket by playing all the domestic leagues around the world.

Now, with Sri Lanka, West Indies test series being replaced by a tri-series also featuring India, Test cricket is the worst affected.

Since the schedule overlaps with IPL, the Test series in the Carribean had to be replaced by a tri-series as they scrapped the previous scheduled which included 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 13, 2012, 11:37 [IST]
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