there too much cricket?
By Ranil Abeynaike
Many of the recent cricketers are complaining that there is too
much of international cricket. It is a subject that captains and
the authorities of the ICC have discussed in the recent past but
no concrete solution has been arrived at.
review the issue differently. It is the players from England and
Australia who moan most often say the load is too heavy. However,
it is their life that is organized best. Both these countries always
have a specific format for their home season. England between May
and September and Australia between November and February. Therefore,
if at all, it should be the rest of the year that should worry them.
us go back to where it all begins. My memories of playing under
twelve school cricket is of an era when about four school matches
were played in an year, during the school third term. This, having
played some Inter House and Home and Home games in the previous
two terms. This has all changed and from the age of nine or ten
there is more cricket, more competition and with it brings in more
opportunities. It’s the case around the world.
is the possibility of getting the opportunity of playing for your
country at the under fifteen age group. When players reach the under
nineteen stage they should have a reasonable idea whether the sport
will provide them with a livelihood. At that stage every player
who has the desire to continue could visualize the long and winding
road ahead with all its ups and downs.
the countries that are in the International fold the game is a profession
for a certain number of players. They embrace cricket, primarily
for the love of it and therefore have to accept that the hazards,
like in any other profession will exist.
too many players complain of “too much” in their younger
days. It is as they get older, when the demands become too high
to handle physically that the murmurings begin.
demand on all top sportsmen and women are severe these days. Be
it team sports such as soccer, rugby or basketball or individual
sports such as golf, tennis or squash. With individual sport there
is the option of selecting your events and the spacing out the year’s
calendar. It is not so with team sport where a player is at the
mercy of the governing body.
so cricketers do get some time off and this can be mutually agreed
with the administrators. What the people in charge must remember
is to spread the tours giving breaks in between and not indulge
in shoving sudden one day series simply with the idea of making
Pakistan great is discarding “too much” as rubbish.
Miandad had a long career and from his young days played through
the year – for his country, English county cricket and Pakistan’s
domestic tournaments. He believes it is an honour to play or your
country, players are well remunerated these days and playing cricket
is all that they do. He certainly is correct.
Tendulkar feels that thirty one dayer and ten test matches should
be the lot. The Indian great who has been at it since the age of
sixteen is now experiencing bouts of burn out.
is eighty days of cricket in three hundred and sixty five sufficient?
Taking all factors into consideration thirty five to forty one dayers
and ten to twelve test matches should be the limit for an year.
That will make it a maximum of one hundred days of play. Very few
players will be required to be there every single day. Keep it to
that limit and it should keep everybody happy.