THE cricket fever is at its peak.
The daily dose of IPL matches and the competitive nature of the format are drawing eyeballs not only at each venue but also in the comfort of one’s home. The weather in most parts of India is hot and humid, making indoor recreation the ideal option and Twenty20 the exciting solution.
The buzz around the tournament, created by several stakeholders fighting for every bit of the turf through novel marketing tactics, has been a source of great entertainment for the followers.
This, to me, will definitely lead to complete exhaustion for players, patrons and the crowd when the tournament is over.
India, the world champions of one-day cricket, will be travelling to England to play the Champions Trophy. The conditions will be drastically different.
The heat will give way to cold and wet conditions.
The heavy soft grassy outfields and seaming wickets will require them to adapt and change quite radically.
India have the champions West Indies in their half as also the strong South African and Pakistan sides. Will we be adequately prepared mentally and physically for the challenge or will it be another debacle on foreign soil? The Indian cricketers have had a gruelling six months.
They suffered a humiliating defeat against England, but came out victorious against the Australians.
The IPL tournament is a commercial success for the BCCI, but very tough on the players who I feel are on the brink of exhaustion and burnout.
Cricket is only a part of the tiredness that one can foresee.
The players seem now in automatic mode. The continuous travel for the IPL matches will gradually take its toll on the body. The air travel and hotels are the most detrimental to physical fitness of many a well trimmed physique.
The Twenty20 format requires players to lunge, dive and do acrobatic feats on the field and the travel does not help in resting or recovering from the strain and stress. The matches also fuel mental drain. The continuous pressure does affect fielders and batsmen.
Every player is tense and nervous.
The adrenalin rush increases substantially and this is definitely not the state of mind our cricket superstars would like to be in before they embark on the journey to prove themselves as the champion one-day side.
The cricket calendar, especially for India, is making life for the cricketer an arduous task. Although, the financial gains are huge, they are in a no-win situation.
They cannot afford to let their guard down by taking rest or going on a well deserved holiday.
Budding cricketers are waiting in the wings to take their place in the Indian side.
The BCCI will need to look at the schedule or we may have a complete breakdown of not only the cricketers, and it may draw away the spectators and followers.
The only solution is to recognise, resolve and reverse the situation.
If we do not recognise the grim situation and resolve and reverse it soon, we could land ourselves in big trouble.
Let us not be critical when our merry rich band of cricketers fair badly in foreign conditions against the other top sides of the world. Disappointments are bound to occur if systematic planning is not done.
How else can one explain the series against Australia, followed by the IPL, then by the Champions Trophy and thereafter a trip to the West Indies to play a triangular series which includes Sri Lanka.
If the BCCI does not take corrective measures now, a diminishing following for the game and below par performances may just kill the golden goose.
(The writer is a former Test cricketer. TAG: CYCSPL)
Hectic schedule big worry
Players face danger of burnout due to IPL’s formatBy Yajurvindra Singh | Mail Today – Mon 6 May, 2013 11:45 AM IST
THE cricket fever is at its peak.
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