Mani dismisses suggestions there is too much cricket
LONDON: International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani hit back at suggestions that there was too much international cricket and that players were risking burning out because of it.
“We are looking at the fixtures and trying to get a balance between the number of games the players are playing and the amount of rest they get,” Mani told reporters. “The Australians looked at this issue and the player that played most for them last year spent 150 days at home. When you look at the English season you would realise just how many players come over here to play county cricket so obviously they don’t think there is too much. I don’t believe there is much more cricket than there should be.”
Mani went on to say that he would press on with plans to schedule special events, with next year’s Super Series between Australia and the Rest of the World as the best example. “I think it is terrific idea and will give a new dimension to cricket,” he said. “The best versus the rest. It will also provide an answer as to how good Australia really are when they come up against the best players in the world.
“Tournaments such as the World Cup are all geared towards the one-day game, so by actually playing a Test match we are giving Test cricket the importance it deserves. It adds a new dimension of interest in our game and it helps to promote it.” agencies