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NEW DELHI: Two legends of world cricket, Imran Khan and Sunil Gavaskar on Friday held IPL responsible for the Indian team’s recent downfall, with the latter going on to say that for some Indian players national duty comes second to the cash-rich Twenty20 league.

Without naming anyone, Gavaskar questioned some Indian players’ complete focus on IPL.

“If you look at the events that took place immediately after the 2011 World Cup, you will know the guys who actually took their places for granted, those who did not make themselves available and preferred to play in the IPL and then go for surgeries,” Gavaskar said.

“I think those are the guys who instead of looking at India were looking at contributing for their IPL franchises. If at all you need to take a rest, you need to take a rest from club matches,” he said, when asked about India’s ODI series loss to Pakistan.

Gavaskar’s views were supported by Imran, who too felt that the IPL has a big role to play in Indian cricket team’s decline in the past one year.

“Unless Indian cricket deals with the IPL, unless you work out a balance between Test cricket and Twenty20 cricket and the commercial aspect of the IPL, Indian cricket will go down rapidly,”  he warned.

“The Indian players, apparently, are using up all their energies in competitions like the IPL while giving scant respect to proper international cricket which is a dangerous trend to say the least.”—Agencies

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BEA
January 6, 2013 12:33 pm
The Indian players look tierd it seems like they are going through the motions of playing they need to go back to the drwaing board get rid of the dead wood bring in new players and stop playing so much IPL when you play a sport like cricket you do it for the love of the game the IPL has ruined all that all players want now is to make money cricket is not like football where moiney is thrown at you, you choose a soprt like cricket becasue you know you are not going to make millions from it, they should concentrate on the game and not chase money.
Bbbb
January 7, 2013 6:06 am
My thoughts to keep IPL and international cricket both - keep a cap on the players franchise salaries.
BEA
January 6, 2013 12:34 pm
they do have focus on their own team thats why they are doing so well and India has just given up.
ihtisham
January 6, 2013 8:56 am
Imran's comment should be taken in the present context and the hype created by the on-going pak-india series.one,especially legends like imran,can comment on any cricketing side,and when it is not ill-intended.we should not make a mess of everything.
zavia
January 5, 2013 10:55 am
very well said.
Chanakya
January 5, 2013 11:08 am
So Make them an offer they can not let it down.
Edwardian
January 5, 2013 11:54 am
Blessing in disguise for the Pakistani cricketers.
Shahid Hussain Kanwer
January 5, 2013 12:07 pm
Both of them are 100% right !
ahmad
January 5, 2013 12:31 pm
well both of these men were what we will say MEN but today what we are seeing here in cricket are what we call them not men
vijay singh ivory coast
January 6, 2013 9:07 am
So much money is involved in advertising IPL and fixing that no one is interested in national interest.see what the player of othwr game gets compared to cricket in India.India should take zaheer abbaas as their coach in place of a britisher or australian
m h
January 5, 2013 1:00 pm
I totally agree. Pakistani players not playing in the IPL has been a blessing in disguise, they have been able to focus and concentrate their energies on playing for their country and proving their worth. And they are proving it. Keep up the good work.
Rizwan
January 5, 2013 3:57 pm
T20 is in fact the destroying the art of cricket. Cricket is an artistically beautiful game of both mental challenges times with physical actions but T20 is changing the psyche of players in the worst ways with batsmen turning into mindless hit or miss sloggers which forces bowlers & fielders to go into a frenzy mode. This will destroy the game of cricket in the long run. T20 should either be banned altogether and restricted severely in terms of numbers of T20 games being allowed to play.
Player
January 5, 2013 4:09 pm
They both are mad b/c there was no IPL during their days and they could not make all that money :D
Karachi Wala
January 5, 2013 4:35 pm
Keep up the good work and stay away 20/20.........
Janjuah
January 5, 2013 5:21 pm
I appreciate Pakistan not only as a cricket team winning a ODI series agaisnt India as it is a part of game -loose or win...my appreciation is because THIS TEAM BELONGS TO A country country where international cricked has been banned and cricket is almost dying... a country where everyday is coloured by bloodshed with bomblasts , terrorism and a country internally bad reputed . Winning.despite all these circumstances , is not only winning a game but proving how emotionally strong they are as a NATION......God bless them
Ali K
January 5, 2013 6:23 pm
Imran Khan should know whey the Indian players give huge importance to IPL. After all, Imran Khan also risked his cricketing career with Pakistan when he flew off to play the Packer series. The reason is very obvious and natural: money.
Hindustani
January 5, 2013 6:45 pm
100% Agree with Gavaskar & Imran Its this MAD Money Making Machine IPL which destroys indian cricket.
fussMirza
January 5, 2013 7:39 pm
I would like to advocate the opines of both legends. The Indian cricket board does pay attention to organize and prioritize the jobs and duties of the Indian players, Although, players are motivated to serve for the country by their performance in the ground, but charm of money and to be in a spotlight is dangerously growing target distracting agent amongst young cricket players especially in India. Therefore, a proper balance between league matches and international tournaments will be a great solution for India, as the Indian government and cricket board could not face the complete breakdown and sanctions of any kind on IPL.
Bbbb
January 5, 2013 7:43 pm
T20 banned? Are you mad or what? If hockey goes down, you want to ban tennis? These are two different things. Just keep them separate. Different teams for different games.
Bbbb
January 5, 2013 7:45 pm
Offer must be in the order of millions of dollars per year, otherwise I am not interested.
sali
January 5, 2013 8:54 pm
Who owns IPL? Why can't Indian cricket board put a cap on IPL matched. Number of matches on player can play and money should be capped too. National duty should pay more than IPL matches.
Chanakya
January 5, 2013 10:41 pm
Or saving it(energy).
Chanakya
January 5, 2013 10:45 pm
The name of the game is money.In matter of fact for some reasons or others, Pakistani players could not get in IPL.
Chanakya
January 5, 2013 10:53 pm
Not playing? The Pakistani players strongly condemned for not letting them play in IPL.
Yawar
January 6, 2013 12:42 am
I agree. In addition to looking tired, a lot of the Indian cricketers like Kohli and Ghambir seemed to have lost their form while Pakistani batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez were in form; an extremely important aspect to winning games.
kashif hussain
January 6, 2013 2:33 am
Although I agree that T20 format is the major cause of decline in the art of cricket among the players, however, let’s see the issue under the contemporary lens: -How many sports allow matches to go on for more than 3 hours? none except cricket. -In the “modern times” of glitz, gizmos, and gadgets; how many people can afford to spend hours and days at stretch to watch a single match? probably very very few (as shown by the empty stadia all over the world, unless World Cup matches are on) And hence the popularity of T20 matches, as it come pretty close to other sports in terms of match duration, glitz, and glamor. How ironic that the classic and traditional forms of cricket are going to decline gradually and become obsolete in the modern times and there is no turning back! We have to take it at its face value and there is nothing any one can do to revive the glory of “traditional” cricket. There will come a time when people won’t even have time to watch T20 matches and they might ask for something like T10 or T8 — an hour long matches like soccer and basket ball — the future is pretty frightening as well as interesting for cricket ahead!! Think about it, and let the game evolve. BTW, does any one know, why the sport of cricket was banned in Germany???
Nasser Ali Khan
January 6, 2013 4:46 am
Does Gavaskar live in the real world? Would he have not wanted to play the IPL and make himself rich if he had the opportunity? Don't blame the players; they are only human. The BCCI should come up with a Plan which will attract players to test cricket - simple! The first step towards solving a problem is to identify it and Gavaskar did not do that. At least Imran did not blame the players but the IPL set up and suggested some sort of a balance to be created between IPL and test cricket. As it has turned out this has been a blessing for Pakistan cricket. Pakistani players are hungry and feel that they have to prove themselves and hence are doing so. The 3 nil whitewash of England is easily Pakistan's best test performance in its history, which happened hardly a year ago with majpr credit to Misbah, Pakistan's best-ever captain. He added most value to the team of mostly average players and a couple of world class spinners.
observer
January 6, 2013 4:55 am
Why Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, and many other Pakistanis are so much in love with Indian cricket and Indian team? If they can focus their energies on Pakistani cricket, I am sure some benefit can come.
Daniel
January 6, 2013 6:00 am
Where was the focus when pakistan were beaten 4-0 by England in UAE recently? Where was the focus when India beat pakistan in the ODI world cup, Asia cup and 20/20 world cup? Come on... India won the world cup even after playing IPL. The reason for India's bad form is overall too much cricket, not only IPL. There should be a rotation policy and bring in younger talented players.
Chanakya
January 10, 2013 7:42 pm
Many things played their parts in debacle of the Indian team, over confidence, lack of enthusiasm, no inflow of new blood.Remember a water body if does not get fresh water, starts stinking and finely it dries up.As far as IPL is concerned,, it's the genie out of the bottle.Every cricket player in the world would bend backward to ply in in it.
Abid Mahmud Ansari
January 10, 2013 6:52 pm
Imran is correct, BCCI should coordinate, and draw a time table,so that Indian test players are available,fresh and properly rested, for their national duty. During these matches against Pakistan,some of Indian players clearly exposed. They were visibly tired, and that may be due to their age. Players like, Sehvaq, Gambhir, Dhoni, Yuveraj should now give a chance to fresh blood.
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