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Andrew Symonds cautions against IPL overkill

Cricinfo staff

March 26, 2010

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Adam Gilchrist congratulates Andrew Symonds the bowler, Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, Cuttack, March 21, 2010
Andrew Symonds: "You have to look after your cattle, you can't just keep driving and whipping them" © Indian Premier League
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Andrew Symonds, the Deccan Chargers allrounder, has said the increase in the sheer amount of cricket and tighter schedules may affect the quality of cricket in subsequent seasons of the IPL, and has called for better planning as the tournament grows in size.

"People always want more, they want to get bigger and faster. [What] worries me is that players are going to play more in the same period of time," Symonds told Hindustan Times. "I don't know if the quality of cricket will be as high because they will get tired. They will get injured and that's a concern."

The IPL in its current format features 60 matches between the eight franchises. With the addition of two new franchises, the next season could have 94 matches if the current format is retained, and Symonds cautioned against the impending overkill.

"Lalit (Modi) needs a band of merry men who are going to put their heads together and ensure they get it right. He obviously wants the IPL to be the best and the most special thing in cricket. But to get that you have to look after your cattle, you can't just keep driving and whipping them."

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Posted by popcorn on (April 2, 2010, 5:23 GMT)

Note that all three Aussie greats - Mathew Hayden,Adam Gilchrist,Andrew Symonds are warning about the Overkill of IPL.If BCCI and ICC have some sense in them, they will limit Twenty20 matches- this nonsensical Sloggers Park which requires no talent.

Posted by MasterClass on (March 29, 2010, 2:28 GMT)

The suggestion that a 10-team IPL (where each team plays a minimum of 18 games each over a 2 month period before the semi finals) will lead to burnout and injury is so idiotic I can't even begin to explain! HELLO FOLKS each team only plays 18 games over 8 weeks. That's equal playing 2 and sometimes 3 games per week for the 8 week period. Compare that to US baseball (where the level of phisical skill, effort, etc is comprable to cricket) where each team plays 162 games in regular season over a 5-6 month period. That translates to ove6 6 games a week! PLEASE people need to look at the facts before making stupid statements. In fact the players most susceptable to burn-out are bowlers and the T20/IPL format has seen exciting bowlers like Tate and Bond excel, and even more great is to see masters like Kumble, Murli and Warne bowl with the old mojo and zip! So get a grip folks and enjoy the great ride that IPL is. IT"S THE FUTURE!!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

good observation by bodyguru and while i agree with symonds observation it is difficult for people who are not born in india to fully compreghend the scope of indain cricketing talent - still the players have to be very very good to get to the top and it is the top echelon of players that makes ipl great viewing. as symonds indicated if you are pushed too hard it is easy to stumble. lets hope more is better. i've been watching cricket for half a century and some of the feats performed in ipl are mind boggling. long may it continue and long may we enjoy cricket's global greats providing exceedingly exciting entertainment.

Posted by popcorn on (March 28, 2010, 17:25 GMT)

At last, an IPL player himself has revealed the inside story.Unless the impotent ICC puts a stop to the mindless expansion of Twenty20,the future could see programmable bowling nachines bowling different types of balls to the batsmen. 10 batsmen +1 wicket -keeper each side.

Posted by gt09 on (March 28, 2010, 12:53 GMT)

Well spoken Roy. Quality is far more important than quanity; and this speaks volumes in all formats & aspects of cricket. Watchin the 3rd Ed. of IPL has highlighted the great loss of appeal & contest that was so renowned in previous years. Instead, it's turning into a relentless, money driven ad-show by big business highlighting mobile phones, fireworks & baseball. If ODI's r boring to some; the possiblity of 94 predicable 20/20's will be exraordinarily worse. When it comes to the greatest game on earth; cricket is celebrated for its' contest b/w bat & bowl, its unpredicablity, ablity to unite & need 4 genuine tactical skill. For the benefit of players, spectators, true cricket fans & our heroic fast/spin bowlers return cricket to the deserving contest it really was. Limitation within the IPL, T20Is & ODIs {even more so} can only rejuvinate the game, keep quality standards up & support the highest format of our awesome game (Test cricket) within the future.

Posted by CricketZealot on (March 27, 2010, 13:42 GMT)

Let's assume the current format stays put. The total number of fixtures would then swell from 60 to 94. IPL3 will span 44 days to complete so 94 games could require a 60 day window. This is assuming broadcasters would allow double or triple header gamedays only on weekends. More games will also mean more of the injuries we've seen within the first week of IPL3. With ten teams now fighting for 4 semi-final spots, midway through the schedule half the teams would be out of the running with an unrealistic chance of winning enough games. This hasnt happened with 8 teams as atleast 6 teams have been in the fray. With a bigger league, teams that performed poorly in the first 3 editions now have an even bigger challenge and their fans may have a longer wait for success which could lead to fans switching allegiances and sponsors pulling out.

Posted by nithinsharvirala on (March 27, 2010, 12:16 GMT)

it is better to eliminate the bottom 2 teams aftr the first phase

Posted by S.N.Singh on (March 27, 2010, 12:11 GMT)

IT IS LOGICS OF WHICH ANY PERSON WILL AGREE THAT TOO MUCH OF CRICKET WILL PRESSURE GOOD CRICKETERS AND "THEIR FAMIIES." ANY PERSON WANT TIME OF TO BE WITH THEIR FAMILES. THIS ,TOO MUCH CRICKET WIIL CAUSE BODY STRAIN AND MENTAL FATIGUE. ON THE "IPL" IT IS A DIFFERENT ENTERTAINMENT, IT IS NOT CRICKET IN A SENSE, IT IS " LASHING BALL" THIS IS WHAT "IPL" IS ABOUT WHICH IS VERY ENTERTAINING. THIS WILL ENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO TAKE CHANCES IN THEIR "TEST' GAME" AND PLAY SHOTS IN FUSTRATION AND THINKINING THAT THEY WILL GET AWAY WITH IT. WE SHOULD PLAY MORE TEST CRICKET. " FIVE TEST CRICKET." CUT BACK ON THE 50 OVERS AND 20 OVERS. PEOPLE ARE VERY INTERESTED IN FIVE DAYS TEST. THEY ONLY CAN'T GO TO THE GROUND ALL FIVE DAYS. THEY LOOK ON TV AND REPLAYS WHEN THEY COME HOME FROM WORK. LETS THINK ABOUT IT. GIVE THE PLAYERS SOME TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. S.N.SINGH

Posted by bodyguru on (March 27, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

see, we Indians, like dhamaka and lots of it! IPL is full on dhamaka, andrew comes from a different culture, we in India have many replacements if there are injuries, so i think we can afford to have an overkill!no worries,....more is more in India! whoever has agreed to Andrews comments, change your country or stop watching the ipl if it too much!? don't you agree? don't watch tv if its too much! for quality, if the players are injured replace them, we got enough talent in india! not like Australia where they have no people!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

it is advisabe to divide 10 teams into 2 groups and continue current formt in groupwise; select 2 teams each from the group for semi & final. Otherwise play once instead of twice.

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