India players will be jaded when they reach England for World Cup, fears Roger Binny
“I think the disadvantage for our team is the IPL."
Published - Apr 4, 2019 8:38 pm | Updated - Apr 4, 2019 8:38 pm
The clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the World Cup is something that purists of the game hates, keeping in mind the impact it leaves on the players’ fitness. This year is the third time that such a clash has taken place after 2011 and 2015 but in 2019, the IPL has preceded the WC unlike in the other two years. All the teams that are set to participate in the upcoming World Cup starting on May 30 are concerned about the well-being of their key players that are playing in the ongoing IPL. India are no exception.
The Men in Blue will be the last team to launch their campaign at the mega event because of the Lodha Committee recommendations that seek a minimum gap between the domestic and the next international assignment. The IPL will conclude on May 12 which means the Indian players surviving the full distance in the tournament will have 24 days to get ready for the World Cup.
India have tried and tested a whole bunch of players in the several months leading to the World Cup but former all-rounder Roger Binny fears that the players will not be as fresh as they should be when the big event arrives.
“We have tried a pool of players, but when they get to the World Cup, they will not be as fresh as they should be,” Sportskeeda quoted Binny, a member of the World Cup-winning squad of 1983, as saying.
Engagements like IPL will take a toll, says former India all-rounder
The 63-year-old former cricketer said the engagements ahead of the IPL, including the IPL, were bound to leave the Indian players a jaded lot by the time they reach England to play in the WC.
“I think the disadvantage for our team is the IPL. We’ve already played a lot of cricket, and are unnecessarily playing series, like the one against West Indies. But, they still have to manage.”
For the records, seven out of 10 players who have played the most number of ODIs between the Champions Trophy 2017 and the start of the IPL 2019 are Indians. Three of them: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni – all key players for India in the WC – have played over 50 games during this time.
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