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IPL could attract more England players - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 19, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen celebrates the win and his hundred, Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Delhi, April 19, 2012
Kevin Pietersen is one of the few England players with an IPL contract © AFP

MS Dhoni, India's captain, has suggested that a lack of availability rather than talent will continue to be a barrier for England players wishing to participate in the IPL. Although England's Test series win in India has raised the profiles of several members of the squad, Dhoni said the limited window permitted by the ECB for IPL participation was a "big concern" for franchises.

IPL commissioner Rajiv Shukla had suggested that the likes of Test captain Alastair Cook and Monty Panesar may be of interest when the next auction for international players takes place. However, with England commitments taking a higher priority, Dhoni said only "special" players like Kevin Pietersen would be of interest to franchises.

"Most of the time when the IPL happens, I don't think the English team has a clear period - so they're not available for the full 45 to 50 days of cricket," Dhoni said. "That's a big concern when it comes to some of the IPL franchises.

"The English team have fantastic talent, players who can have a big impact in the shorter format. If most of them were available for the full 45 or 50 days, I could see England players coming to the IPL."

The IPL in 2013 is scheduled to begin on April 3, a week after England finish their tour of New Zealand, and will run until May 26. England's home series against New Zealand begins with the first of two Tests on May 16, further curtailing any potential for involvement. Pietersen and Eoin Morgan are the only current, centrally contracted England players with IPL deals and, when asked, Dhoni was unsure if many others would be joining them in the world's most glamorous T20 tournament.

"Kevin Pietersen is a really different batsman," Dhoni said. "If he's available for half a season, the sides can still gamble that he can play seven or eight games at least. He's a special player. But you have to be that special."

Several members of the England set-up, including Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Matt Prior, entered the 2012 auction only to prove unattractive. Stuart Broad was bought by Kings XI Punjab in 2011 but was ruled out by injury in consecutive seasons before being released. Luke Wright, who is a member of England's T20 squad but not in possession of a central contract, is part of Pune Warrior's squad for 2013.

Despite various obstacles - in Cook's case, not even being considered good enough for England's T20 side - Shukla had suggested that the Test series victory could capture the imagination of franchise owners and public alike.

"I think so, I think it might well do that," Shukla told The Times. "England have done very well and the franchises are most definitely aware of what has been happening in this series. The English domestic schedule can make it difficult for players to play for long here, and franchises will look at that, but these Test matches have definitely raised expectations of the players from television viewers. I am sure Indian people would love to see them again.

"Cook might be one. Test and Twenty20 cricket are different but Indian people know about him now as he made a very good impression. Monty Panesar could definitely be another, he is very popular over here already, and there are probably some others."

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Posted by   on (December 22, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

well.....this tells that Dhoni is more comfortable with IPL than test cricket....

Posted by landl47 on (December 21, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

Let's hope Dhoni is wrong and more England players don't get picked up by the IPL. As a fan of test cricket, I have no desire to see England go down the same road as India. The worst thing that could happen would be for the various cricket boards to declare a window when only IPL would be played and to see young English players start targeting their style of play towards the IPL. The English T20 competition is bad enough, but at least that doesn't offer huge money for forgetting how to play decent cricket.

Posted by TestsAreMilesAhead on (December 21, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

do you really believe that any of wi or nz are in good test in past few years?

Posted by Bruisers on (December 20, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

@umangsagar - "after losing 10 tests out of 12, 8 in succession".... Errm, did you forget the 3-match series against WI in Nov 2011 and the two-match NZ series in Aug 2012 or are you just ignoring them? He has lost 10 Tests alright, but in 17 matches and not 12.. Do some recalling before posting such stuff.

Posted by Narbavi on (December 20, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

@Thilanka Ranasinghe: How come you guys are always coming up with some excuses? other than malinga which other lankan bowler played in the ipl fully? and if you feel that's the reason behind your recent losses to india then i advice you to stop following cricket

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Think people should calm down before criticising Dhoni over these comments. First, I would think that the interview was based on the fact that India have just been beaten in the Test series, so the obvious question is "why hasn't the IPL got hold of any of these rather good players"? to which he gave appropriate answers. Secondly, having a good look at the players might make them easier to beat next time. I have always been a bit surprised that Swann in particular hasn't made it to the IPL, even for a limited period. He was instrumental in England's T20 World Cup win and can tonk the ball a bit too.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

he he, India Smashed Sri Lankan bowlers after got trained them in IPL.now Dhoni needs to apply the same theory for English players :D.A sport is all about skills. not about money!!

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (December 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

People criticizing MSD should think before they type! The guy was probably asked some questions about English players and the IPL and has answered them accordingly. What was he supposed to say? "Sorry, I refuse to answer that." The fact that cricinfo have chosen to make an article specifically about those particular questions and responses doesn't mean that MSD is only thinking about the IPL. I'm an English fan and hate the extreme bias by most Indian fans on here - but for heaven's sake, don't turn on your own players when they are merely answering questions!!

Posted by santhu147 on (December 20, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Don't worry guys its just a mind game by Mr. Cooool MSD, take it easy. Watch out for the result in t20 and ODI, its INDIA all the way...:)

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Appalling comments by the Indian Captain. As I have mentioned earlier, all he is bothered about it IPL. I think thats what our board also wants. BCCI should sit back and decide whether they want the Indian team to play test cricket at all. Otherwise we should just organise 4 IPLs a year. That way we will never loose as all teams will be from India :)

Posted by amilag on (December 20, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

Dhoni must be crazy. After being white washed from several series and now loosing a series in India, HE IS TALKING ABOUT IPL!!!!

God help Indian cricket!

Posted by umangsagar on (December 20, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

after losing 10 tests out of 12, 8 in succession..first test series loss to england in 28 years...this guy is worried about IPL that is supposed to happen next year !!!!!!!


He enjoys way more freedom and authority than he deserves, he is the one who takes his place most for granted in the side now.

deeply hurt and sad.

Posted by here2rock on (December 20, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Mr Dhoni no one cares about IPL expect you. England has talent because the team led by you do not know how to play.

Posted by cyberstudent on (December 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

why you all people are getting angry at Dhoni? He has suggested the practical way of taking revenge from England.

Recruit Cook, Trot, Bell, Monty and Co. into IPL and destroy their Test Skills and make them blind with money, Really genius thinking from Dhoni. Indian Please Back him.

Posted by Aussiesfalling on (December 20, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Cook and Panesar? Well Panesar can't get into the Sussex T20 side. The domestic T20 sides in England and Australia seem happy to bring players in for the odd game or two, so England players not being available for the whole tournament is no barrier.

Posted by Charlie101 on (December 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

As the next world cup is going to be held in Bangladesh we should encourage the likes of Kieswetter , Hales , Monty , Bopara , Butler and Lumb to play the IPL as they will gain valuable experience which will help our T20 team - these players do not have full central contracts so it will not affect our test or ODI team. West Indies won the last T20 world cup and all their players knew the conditions extremely well. Perhaps Ashley Giles will encourage them to go now he is in charge .

Posted by vatsap on (December 20, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Thankfully most of England players and their administrators have their hearts and heads in the right place. Who cares about IPL in England, when they can win the Ashes in Australia and win in the subcontinent (ooops that has to be India only) so easily.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (December 20, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Time to appoint a new Captain for tests who is not a player in IPL. May be Pujara suits the role. Others are just merceneries who will play for India when the Government(BCCI) orders them to. Atleast 7-8 test players should be those who do not figure in IPL. Further, there should be A team tours to England or Caribbean of 4 unofficial tests and 4 one day matches with some warm up matches during the IPL window so that the real test players can hone their skills with the A teams of other countries. But is BCCI serious? The DRI or some government auditing body should check the BCCI finances to see if there is any misappropriation of funds by its office bearers. I am sure they will find a big scam.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

So here..finally revealed..!! All MSD can think abt is IPL after this..!! thts wht is in their minds..!!! IPL has ruined the will to play for the nation and will take down Indian cricket it seems, at least its headed in tht direction!!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Having spoken to 2 England players in the past 3 months (Matt Prior and Swanny) Neither of them seem intererested in playing IPL. I bet these guys would be on the list of targets. I can't speak for the rest, but for those two guys they were clear that country came first and playing in another nationas domestic T20 competition was not something they were bothered about. It's interesting that in the middle of a home series, the captain of the home side (who is doing a lot worse than predicted) is himself seemingly distracted by the T20 baseball "hit and hope" style of cricket. I would have thought his mind should have been elsewhere?

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@ Edassey- God is busy standing in the queue ..He wants to get the ticket for the opening ceremony of IPL 2013 :p

Posted by Hammond on (December 20, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

I just don't see a lot of England players playing IPL because it just isn't challenging enough. County cricket is where you learn the game at a higher level, os players have been honing their skills in the County Championship since the 19th century. IPL is a gimmick that has a use by date.

Posted by cricfave on (December 20, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Shocking to read Dhoni's comments. We lost badly and fans are hurting...let him not aggravate the situation by behaving as if Team India and CSK mean the same to him. As far as the fans are concerned, it is primarily Team India that matters. Dhoni's comments at this juncture are unbecoming of a country's captain. .

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Who is dhoni to speak about IPL recruitment process. He lost the test series at home after 8 years and it appears that he is no longer interested in 'revenge' series. And we all know with his $40 million 5 year period contract he will stay in the team no matter how many defeats we get.

Yeah lets not recruit cook, monty and KP too. thats the only we can take revenge.

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 20, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

@lisaperiera - plenty of reasons; pride, a sense of achievement, the continuation of tradition, but mainly it would be because they want to play cricket and not IPL. @Partyman - agreed, especially about Cook, but regarding the Aussies, they make have been a bit comical or the past few years, but they have a bright future and are starting to p,ay excellent cricket again. India is just regressing, and there are few lights at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by fan2011 on (December 20, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

First dd anyone thing that media can twist and turn any answer? Maybe just Maybe Dhoni was asked a question by the Media What do you think about English players participation chances are in IPL hence he replied. When asked such a question he can't reply saying, true, india test team lacks bowling power and we need to get Badrinath, pujara, murali vijay into the team... That would be a phsyco talking an indian captain

Posted by pankh on (December 20, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Mr. Dhoni m impressed by your cool temparament, how soon you forgot the bizarre loss and now you are thinking of future. You are a class IPL player and please don't come in international scenario. Enjoy IPL. Hats off to your memories and stainless body without any wounds.

Posted by eyballfallenout on (December 20, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

dont go England players, (from aussie fan) your test success is proof your focus is in the right place. first class leagues are a much better idea to play OS in the off season.

Posted by skilebow on (December 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

Much as I enjoy T20, long exposure to the IPL seems to make batsmen forget how to bat. I hope Englands players don't appear there

Posted by Edassery on (December 20, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

My god, look at the Indian captain! He lost test series after series for India and he's now busy talking about IPL and that too from the franchises' point of view. Do we need to think more? The cricket in this country (when the players and BCCI represent the country that is) is in total chaos and it's an open secret what players and BCCI are after. It's just money and no country pride and all that.

I salute all those cricketers from Australia, England etc who have stood for the country's cause first.

And God save Indian cricket!

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

It was Arjuna Rnathunga, one of the first's who warned about the IPL and the effect that it could cause on international cricket. I think we are witnessing it now. ICC should pay more attention on this franchise leagues though it becoming a global trend these days. Those leagues have not benefited in sake of international cricket so far but making players more delusional and exhausting. I dont blame Dhoni on what he stated. Its the governing bodies who should bare responsibility to dragging players to that position. Players should be directed to their duties by the governing bodies and should keep out financial sectors out of them.

Posted by mrbaddy on (December 20, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Wow..MSD, you dont have time to answer queries from media on the Test Series defeat..Come IPL, you have all the time to answer about even England players............

A serious lack of determination to play for the country.......

The situation is so pathetic, but we'll have to bear with your Indian team captaincy as long as N Srinivasan continues to be the president of BCCI.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 20, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

If you want to lose those that are on your trail, make plenty of smoke. MSD is a clever man & most certainly has a future in politics! (Some people may see that as a compliment; I'm saying nothing!). A truism of the political game is bury the bad or embarrassing news & this is quite a good attempt: it's only four days sine the end of the Nagpur Test. Of course, there are a good number of England-qualified players, not just those that have trounced India, who could take their places in the IPL & raise the fairly mediocre standard of that commercial enterprise disguised as sport. Many have yet to gain their international reputations & are unknown to Dhoni or his BCCI masters. I guess we are but one step away from Indian scouts coming to England & watching some of our young talent perform - with an eye to signing them up at bargain basement costs. But, you know what? They know that a cricketing career comes in a set order: county, then country, then when past the top level, pension money.

Posted by pcraju on (December 20, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Do we need to really waste our time in discussing this? Dhoni has found a permanent place in IPL and that would be his business going forward. He must be thinking he has got T20 WC, One day WC in 2011 which should be good enough for India from his side. Most of the indian players think what he can gain by playing for the country but very few like Kapil Dev, Dravid, Kumble have thought about what he should do for the country. Sachin thinks about his personal image and making records. We should look at players from other countries and their motives..Are they purely playing for money or records? If some of the greats of australian cricket or West indies had thought of only making records or making money, they wouldnt have become greats. Inspite of knowing all the pitfalls of IPL, people still go to watch IPL and generate money which is the worst thing. As a country we should raise our voice to stop IPL. IPL is the root cause of destroying the true game spirit and Test Cricket in India.

Posted by havocsat on (December 20, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Shame on Dhoni... In an alternate universe IPL would be scrapped for 2013... to allow these prima donnas to reflect on the damage it has caused to test cricket in India. Atleast appoint a captain who is interested in Test Cricket. Whatever painstaking progress Ganguly made over so many years has been destroyed by an uninterested captain with horrendous excuses in a jiffy... Lose win Its the attitude that matters... We are back to the early 1990`s. Its as if the glorious 2000`s where we competed overseas with pride and courage never even existed... God help Indian cricket... Cos Dhoni and BCCI arent going to !!!

Posted by Siddharth_zenox on (December 20, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

IPL IPL IPL.... is it all money that ppl worry about. Doesn't representing your country and winning makes any attraction to ppl. I hate IPL.....

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

What is happening here ??? MSD has just lost a huge thing and lo he is thinking in terms of IPL.. Shame on MSD ,somebody please make him think in terms of Test Cricket .... And Really I think IPL should be started when India starts to win series of tests abroad ...Boo IPL...Boo

Posted by SajidC on (December 20, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

WOW!!!!! Dhoni and his team still thinking only how to play in IPL matches Pls play only in IPL matches you can perform much better than Int'l matches.... shame on you Mr. Dhoni....

Posted by satyam.srivastava on (December 20, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Its so shameful and sorry to see that in-spite of being badly humiliated and insulted by loosing the test series,Dhoni is talking about IPL. Now anyone with a decent mind can assume why India is performing like this. Letting the nation down by series of test losses, Dhoni is interested in IPL--he has no shame and guilt of loosing. But why he should be if he is getting support and money from the Board. Mr Shukla is also supporting the same. But let me tell you-England are a quality side ,they do not waste their player's time and energy by letting them play in IPL merely for money. For them country comes first. I am afraid Indian cricket future is over and we do not have players to perform ----CRISES!!!!!!MAY GOD SAVE INDIA

Posted by yoogi on (December 20, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

when you have a IPL team owner at the top of BCCI, and his team captain as captain of India, future of indian cricket is set for new lows. I dont think dravid, Ganguly or Kumble would have said something like this. May be Azhar and Jadeja would have behaved exactly like this.

Posted by PointFielder on (December 20, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

I doubt England would allow a window to its players for IPL. IPL committee has tried for that for past 4 years without any success as ECB is standing strong regarding this issue. Even Morgan is now committed more to County cricket and tests than IPL. KP only pays 7 matches per IPL season. The others are not at all available hence they do not get selected in auction.England have a series with NZL, so this time too ECB would not allow players to give priority to IPL more than an international series. Every board will defend its cricketing system first.

Posted by Wah0003 on (December 20, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

MSD...still more concerned for IPL than India. :)

Posted by infinity88 on (December 20, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

I don't understand why Dhoni should comment on English players being available or not for the IPL. He should mind his own business and leave these kind of talks to the officials who take care of IPL. Looks like he has been made the brand ambassador of the league. First let him concentrate on winning the T20 fixtures atleast. Nobody in India is worried about english players being unable to take part in IPL.

Posted by jimbond on (December 20, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

Dhoni is talking up IPL because that may be the only thing that he plays - in another year. And Cook may not play in the IPL, not merely because he is committed to test cricket and doesnt care about money, but because nowadays teams are smart about choosing players. Unless some team is really foolish, they would not pick Cook for 20/20. Till recently the man himself was smart enough to keep away from limited overs matches. A Dmitry Mascarenhas or a Luke Wright may be much for relevant for most teams- possibly they could be interested in Bresnan or Samit Patel. If Cook tries to change his game to 'adjust' to T20s, the bigger fool he would be.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (December 20, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

@LisaPereira, I wouldnt judge the state of test cricket by the crowds in the sub continent, tune into the ashes in 2013 and you'll see that very few of the grounds are empty, against less teams (NZ, BD, West indies) the grounds are very rarely full, but for big teams like India, SA, Aus things are different.

I personally cant see Cook going to the IPL, you may see younger players like Bairstow, and Root going, but if they have england duty they will be expected to return 2-3 weeks before the first test to play some 4 day cricket in the CC giving them a 3-4 week window to play for a franchise.

Posted by vik56in on (December 20, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Dhoni,should worry about winning some Test matches than worrying about IPL which starts only next year.

Posted by AnujitKM on (December 20, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

Dear Readers of cricinfo and participants in this blog: It is the first time I am posting a message, and there may be many errors, I request to be excused. I used to be a fan of Indian test and ODI teams. However, with a little more maturity now, and with seeing the hunger in the teams such as England, Australia, SA and West Indies, I really feel that it is better they win test matches or ODI tournaments, I feel that will be a fair result. Although non-participation in IPL (if that is what really happens) of England players may reduce their earning opportunities a bit, and earning is really important, I think England players concentrating on test cricket will ultimately benefit test cricket. They really want to play test matches and win them, by playing fair, playing hard and playing professionally. Let not IPL dilute England players continuing contribution to test cricket. There are not too many teams taking test cricket seriously. England is one of these very few teams.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

hahaha..this is hillarious, test series lost then back to the good o'l ipl..lolz

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (December 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Yes, please MSD focus, do not start talking like Gambhir and Shewag!!! We still respect you.There is IPL chairman and BCCI president to talk about English players participation.

P.S: Wonder why Jimmy is telling, what he is telling!

Posted by Yoker111 on (December 20, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@Unmesh_cric : they are minnows, there is no way India can win away but only at home, lets face it. The fact that IPL = Big money kills the value & spirit of the game and these Indians love it. Cric Info, Please publish!

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 20, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Is this sort of comment necessary from a captain who lost 8-0 abroad and is just fresh from a 2-1 loss in home? Go Dhoni and look at possible options which would develop test match cricket in the nation. Concentrate on international games alone. IPL still has time left and no need to worry about that and whom to pick in the sides.

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 1:27 GMT)

It is a pity with MSD that he is still worried about IPL when Indian team is struggling to regain their glory. At this moment he should think about T20 and ODI series coming up rather than IPL. He is just a captain of a IPL team and has nothing to do with the team player auction. I wonder how he gave this coments. Shame on you.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 20, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

Yea thats the way to get England down isnt it MSD. Get them to IPL to ruin cricket skill and than beat them in India. English cricketer still value their country more than money. Some players like KP will try but unlike many other board ECB knows how to deal with them. So I dont think that IPL gonna get full service of English players and you shouldnt be talking about IPL either. India lost 10 test out of last 12 test. For God Sake Dhoni care for team India more than CSK will U???

Posted by Harvey on (December 20, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

They may have just lost a series at home but at least they've got the IPL to obsess about. Maybe if they didn't they would be able to field a team of fit, disciplined players capable of of spending more than a session and a half in the field without getting tired and falling apart. I read somewhere that MS Dhoni is the world's highest paid player. This is incredible given that if he was English he wouldn't get near the Test team, and if he played international cricket at all it would only be the occasional one dayer or T20 match.

Posted by Mitcher on (December 20, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

@Partyman: If Australia as a 'laughing stock' can get within one win of world number one, what does it say about the competition? I guess Australia is just held to a higher standard because of an illustrious record over the years that puts all others in the shade.

Posted by Nvins on (December 20, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

This person, MSD seem to have lost it all, he still wanting/thinking/analysing more of IPL...Can some one from the press ask him or give him a sense, perspective of current state of Indian Test Cricket, of which he is persumably the Captain.? Does he really care ? These days whenever he talks, can't simply stand it, all non-sense.... Shame on you, MSD!!

Posted by Humdingers on (December 20, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

@adam_nwcc - read carefully: IPL = INDIAN Premier League - not WORLD premier league. It's an Indian domestic tournament. It doesn't have to take place when there is no other cricket around, only when India are not playing? Get it mate?

Posted by freo75 on (December 20, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Not sure why any England test players would be bothered about playing in the IPL. They are pretty well paid anyway and would probably prefer not to have to go to India and play hit and run if they can help it. Besides, the IPL will be dead in 2 years.

Posted by Humdingers on (December 20, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

hahahahah you just get humilated (three times) and you start talking IPL.... Ah only in India.

Posted by jackiethepen on (December 20, 2012, 0:22 GMT)

I think Dhoni is just answering a question isn't he?

Posted by Herath-UK on (December 20, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

Funny he said so because irony is England did win in india because English players did not play in the IPL!See what has happened to stars in india & Sri Lanka who are heavily involved in the IPL. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

Wow,i definitely agree with a lot of people here, the last thing he should be talking about right now is IPL and player auctions....eitehr stay shut or talk about ALL THE GAZILLION of things you are and will be doing to improve your captaincy and team form/make up..

Posted by notgburns on (December 19, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

yorkshire-86, what a terrible post, you should be ashamed of yourself. Cook has played 4 T20I and batted either at #1 or at #2. You could have made the point that he doesn't have a good T20 record. But no, you chose to post something incredibly wrong and even worse, something that could so easily (http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/11728.html?class=3;template=results;type=allround;view=match) be found out as wrong.

Posted by Maxyboy_123 on (December 19, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Dhonis comments just about sum up the state of Indian cricket. Part of me feels sorry for him. Who else in world cricket plays as wk/bat/capt over all three formats? Nobody because its a ridulous amount of pressure on anybody. Give the guy a rest! Let him go on holiday with his family. He doesn't need the money.

Posted by adam_nwcc on (December 19, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

@yorkshire-86 cook last batted at 2 in a T20 international, get your facts right before you rant! and the ipl is nothing more than a gimmick, it has improved the batting of KP and Wright but it needs to be scheduled at a time when there is no international cricket taking place, if such a time exists

Posted by sss_m19 on (December 19, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

So,now really the time has come for indian fans to boycott IPL and to show what the stars of IPL are really worth of..

Posted by srriaj317 on (December 19, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

Cunning plan by Dhoni to get the English to play IPL and deteriorate their skills. Sorry MSD, everyone has already seen how IPL has affected your team!

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (December 19, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Cook and Panesar? yea right. The last time Cook playing in an international t20, he batted at 10. Yes. Ten. With only Jimmy Anderson below him. It was such an embarrasment they didnt know where to bat him. With only a few overs left, Broad, Bresnan and Swann (IIRC) were more adept at teeing off and got pushed ahead of him. Now in the IPL, where you have to play golf from ball one, where would he bat? And Panesar? Sorry, but bowlers only get 4 overs and for a non-batting bowler to take one of your extremely valuable 4 foreigner slots you have to be one of the outright BEST bowlers in the world, at the very least to 10, if not top 5. Monty is good, but he is not one of the best 4 non-batting bowlers in the world. KP, Morgan, Lumb and Wright are the only players in the England squad with enough of a record at T20 to command one of the 4 foreigner slots in a franchise.

Posted by Partyman on (December 19, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

I bet my house that Cook will never play in the IPL. He is a very proud, honest, disciplined and upright man who knows where his priorities lie. He will never stoop so low to play in the IPL. Mr. Dhoni and Mr. Shukla - time to keep your gob closed and get on with your ugly business of IPL without getting Cook involved. Cricinfo - please publish.

Posted by Partyman on (December 19, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

No wonder with an attitude like Dhoni's, India are struggling in the international scene. Contrary to wide belief, India aren't a force to reckon with limited overs cricket either despite their WC win. India are fast becoming laughing stock along with the Australians. Both are good at self delusion. I am looking forward to that battle in a few months' time. Utterly laughable comments by Dhoni to say the least.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

wow he just lost the test series and all he can think is about the IPL dhoni should just play in the ipl and forget about his real team they should appoint a another caring captain

Posted by LisaPereira on (December 19, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

The thing is that its all about the commercial value of cricket nowadays.Why would a team struggle for 8 hrs for 5 days to a empty stadium when they can get a packed stadium (and lots of money) to play for 6 hrs.??

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (December 19, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

It seems like the BCCI has assigned Dhoni as a spokesperson of IPL. Why is Dhoni already talking about IPL when we have just lost a Test series at home? You can blame the media for asking questions regarding IPL, but Dhoni also seems pretty keen to talk about IPL. It's sorry state of affairs in Indian cricket right now. It seems only thing that matters to BCCI is IPL. Test losses count for nothing. If this continues, India can soon be counted among "minnows" in Test cricket.

Posted by Windies2Dheart on (December 19, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

and he indirectly reveals his priorities again..... Its 50 days of entertainment, cricket isnt really the focus.

Posted by   on (December 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

MSD pleaseeee, first concentrate on your cricket and Indian team, then think about IPL..

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