Indian Premier League 2010 March 26, 2010

Andrew Symonds cautions against IPL overkill

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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Best thing would be to carry out the tournament throughout the year , therefore lot of these burnouts can be avoided. Players can be fresh and lot more players can get involved.

  • POSTED BY vinaykn on | March 27, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I am not sure whether it is overkill or not and also whether it will affect the cricketers. I think by seeing the number of the matches it looks more. But is not just 3 hours of IPL in a single day,except for weekend. One test match requires 10 times of time comapred to one IPL match. IPL lasts for 2 months and a normal complete series also lasts between one to two months. Anyway it is just my observation and I never play this kind of cricket. He may better know the practical problems of playing so. I am simply enjoying my IPL here sitting at home and watching youtube, no worries :-)

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    haha. good one. I like it :p

  • POSTED BY CMIS on | March 27, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    I can't believe I am saying this, but Thank you Andrew, someone in the system needs to talk a bit of sense. Nothing against this current IPL, but 94 games seems way too many.

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    i think Symonds just needs to keep concentrating on batting/bowling/not getting drunk

  • POSTED BY XIMONA on | March 27, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Very Rightly Said , LOOK AFTER YR CATTLE , YOU CAN'T JUST DRIVING & WHIPPING THEM , hope modi gets this clear enough bcoz without the players there is no cricket. they r turning this into a business project ppl r jumpin inn bcoz of money. just read what the kochi franchise said " I AM A BUSINESS MAN , NO NOTHING ON CRICKET " he is there to make money so he does not mind his team playing 24 hrs a day forget 94 matches , he will make them play in his dreams also !

  • POSTED BY cricket_DD on | March 27, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Tue... IPL needs to come up with conferences or division system like NFL... and divide IPL into two groups/zones.. where teams will play each other in each zone but on rotation with outside of the zone teams... that way you can keep teams like Pune and Mumbai in different groups ... this will limit the number of matches and also make most of the games rare and exciting... Right now Mr. Modi is all about greed and filling up the as many TV hrs as possible with IPL....

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | March 27, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    In continuation of my previous post, the reason why the IPL will come up against the ICC in its exorable expansion is because the IPL will always seek to fulfill its revenue generating potential. And the way will be by expansion into additional markets (teams) and a longer playing season. So far since the IPL is under the BCCI wing it's hard to imagine it not playing nice with the ICC (and yes, even the BCCI muscling around the ICC to create an open window for the IPL is playing nice, as opposed to the alternative!). However one can imagine the IPL saying "the heck with you" to the ICC at some point given the amount of money going a-begging. That decision will open up many more possibilities which is why it's even more likely to happen. So the IPL will expand to 20 teams, organized around a 4-5 month season during the winter/spring period in India and ICC/BCCI will just have to live with it. And players will have to choose one over the other.

  • POSTED BY vicky4113 on | March 27, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    right on symmo...its cramped enough as it is,with 90 odd matches its going to be mayhem.

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | March 27, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    If one looks at the US model for professional sports leagues (baseball, basketball, football) and analyze the specifics (number of teams, length of season and revenue drivers) it's pretty clear that the IPL will probably continue to grow and finally stabilizing at about 20 teams. The Indian market is the driving factor and as long as there's demand the pressure/force to expand will be inexorable. This may sound surprising since the Indian market doesn't have the same buying power as the US market (currently), but it's very likely since IPL is the only game in town for the foreseeable future. And as the Indian demographic grows more affluent (as it surely will) the expansion incentives/pressures will unfold as I predict. Thus at some point the IPL will come up against the ICC and at that time it's the franchise owners who will elect to split away from the ICC because the amount of money will be way too much to ignore! It's going to be most interesting to watch…

  • POSTED BY mrshree420 on | March 27, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    Yeah Andrew, you are 100% right about this. 94 game next season is way too many not just for players but also people will be tiring watching it and the game is going to loose its beauty. Lalit Modi is after money right now and he want to cash it all in but this is not the way to do it

  • POSTED BY A-S-D on | March 27, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    I think an idea we should increase the number of teams to 12 and then divide them into two different divisions with promotion and demotion at the end of the season. If the tournament continues for the same duration as it currently does, the players health will not be a factor with them having lots of rest and not playing as many games as they do now. Also, there should be rounds like there are in NRL in Australia and other competitions around the world. Each odd numbered round (1,3,5,7 etc.) could go from Fri-Sat while each even numbered round (2,4,6 etc) would go from Mon-Thu. Expansion is a good idea but they shouldn't go too far. The most teams they should have is 16 in two divisions. Anymore will wreck the fun. Currently, more people are only watching matchs for the team/s they support. If you have 2 matches at the same time, then you could make it a "viewer's choice" situation where the viewer chooses which match to watch, but still the IPL and the channel get the wanted ratings.

  • POSTED BY ashley_suican on | March 27, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    the ipl4 should be divided into two groups of five teams each, with the top 2 qualifying from each group for perhaps a two legged semis

  • POSTED BY sabina2009 on | March 27, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    I agree with Symonds. The players play too much cricket and it is not at all a good sign. Effective schedules should be made in order to see that the players also get some rest.

  • POSTED BY nskaile on | March 27, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    yes he is dead right. 94 games will kill all the excitment and fun. Im a hardcore cricket fan who take days off form work just to watch ipl games but if PL gonna be 94 games long, then even i wont bother to watch it. maybe i will watch final or somthin but it will be relaly boring. i hope modi listen to u and all the cricket fans out there who thinks the same

  • POSTED BY ShahidAfridiFan on | March 27, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    I think they should increase the number of players you can have in the squad (money for bidding, that way more teams can have quality players to choose from so if say an international player has played many matches than others who are on the bench should be given the chance.

    For example, in the last IPL Mashrafe Mortaza was only allowed to play a single match despite the other players internationals not performing for KKR

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan26 on | March 27, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    I agree with symonds that there will be lots of injuries and players wont perform at their best

  • POSTED BY i2bajwa on | March 26, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    It's annoying to read such comments from professional athletes. If you have a problem with playing so much cricket Symonds, you should head out to a lake for some fishing action. Cricket is not for you if you cannot be professional about he quantity. "I have a concern with the sport i play, the schedule, the risk of injury but the money is good. I am a professional athlete!". And they say you played rugby? Have you seen the sports in North America? try watching basketball or ice-hockey, the athletes are on the road all the time and have 3-4 games a week!

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | March 26, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Thank you, Symos. For we are yet to see an IPL insider articulating these concerns. And, you don't even have games lined up with you international side. When I see IPL, I see a bunch of greedy businessmen, greedier players and even greedy promoters. Not to mention a bunch of dead-enders.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    For once, I agree with Symmo... Someone should talk sense into Mr. Modi. Currently, it appears as though he is using IPL to generate revenue. This is evident in the way the new rules are framed... Strategic timeouts?? This is just a way to slide in more advertisements.. In addition, even during an over there are ads being played on TV.. these guys are clearly not thinking about the viewers either...

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Bought, sold and traded; at least one of the players realizes what he is: Cattle!!!! In any case 60 games/45 days was an overkill. I reckon Symonds needs to invent an adjective or two to describe the mess in store for season 4.

  • POSTED BY abhishekthakur on | March 26, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    It is not very often that Symonds says something and the words come out so right! In fact, his performances for DC also indicate his new-found thinking cap. He appears at ease with himself and playing with commendable self-control (yes there is a word like that in 20-20!) and responsibility!

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    First time though...Liked Symonds straight forward comments!

  • POSTED BY RobTay14 on | March 26, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    The IPL should not expand too much more, international cricket is what we need to preserve. If we allow Lalit to have his way, twenty20 will become the main format, where we need to hold that right for tests, and ODI's. Who wants to see six after six after six... We may as well watch Baseball.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | March 26, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    yeap well said... T20 or whatever more of the same thing would make ppl sick..and as mentioned the quality..

  • POSTED BY halfadozen on | March 26, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    That right Roy... u said it. It will over kill the game may be not now but in another two to three years time..IPL should be played atleat two years once that will allow time to breath for palyers, they get more concetration... Looks like IPL is too greedy... its all new so its very shinning .... dont know what happens after the !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY durai86 on | March 26, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    He is right yar although India is a cricket loving nation 94 games in IPL2011 is too much...a single round robin will result in 49 matches i think that is decent enough.initially i convinced myself that the players are playing just half of the 50 overs format so they will not get tired but the truth is they spend lot of energy in this POWER PACK T20 IPL and more number of games will result in less quality games which we are witnessing with more dropping of catches,poor fielding ,Jaded players.We won World cup 2007 with fresh players with lots of energy and this can happen only when they have adequate rest.Cricket is also a mind game,It doesn't mean that if you play lots of T20s you will win the world cup.after all when india won the world cup thay had played just 1 T20 before against SA

  • POSTED BY Arvian on | March 26, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    I agree with Symonds on this....94 matches in next year IPL and that too in 7 weeks time frame....it's really too much......quality is going to be a problem and people already started calling IPL as Injury Prone League….. Just think about the intensity levels between 7 match ODI series and 3 match series…4:3 looks easy compare to 2:1 right….and most importantly keeping fans interested for 18 matches will be a hard one….As a RCB fan I was not really bothered about the result on last match between RCB vs DD, coz I know even if we lose the next 3 matches we will still have the chance to make it to semifinals….it's time to divide the teams into 2 groups OR let teams play against each other only once, so that the number of matches will be reduced to half of the current quantity.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    the next season should have 2 different groups featuring 5 teams in each. Obviously group will be made using ranking from previous season. So that way time period remains the same with the higher quality of the cricket.

  • POSTED BY princevithu90 on | March 26, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    rightly put, symmo! i've alwayz felt the intro of 2 new teams was gonna spell disaster for the ipl.. in more wayz than one..

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    he is correct. this 59 matches schedule is pretty well balanced. 94 matches is too much for one season. modi should be getting mad. he is misalculating. isn't there any advisor to him?

  • POSTED BY asad114 on | March 26, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Quality of cricket??In IPL??? All I see are pathetic Indian bowlers getting carted all around....don't think increasing the number of matches will change that... IPL is an Indian domestic tournament..that's all it is ...people need to stop pretending like it's the highest standard that cricket has to offer....

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | March 26, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    This RUBBISH, NON-SENSE, STUPID, DUBIOUS IPL has already killed the cricket. Legendary Cricketers like Tendulkar, Kumble, Dravid have fallen to temptation of IPL. The most funniest part is people think that IPL is an Cricket Tournament. In deeper sense it is not at all a cricketing event, it is thoroughly a Commercial event.

  • POSTED BY Indiawins372 on | March 26, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    For once I actually agree with Symonds. If these players aren't rested then their performance in international tournaments and especially the T20 World Cup coming up will suffer, which is more important in my opinion. IPL is exciting and quick but everything is better in moderation. If you try to expand too quickly then you will break.

  • POSTED BY KTiwari on | March 26, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    well said Andrew Symonds...I think duration will get longer and personally, I welcome that...

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | March 26, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    IPL should be played for six months a year. Most matches should be on weekends. Just like the Premier League football.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Wise words from Symmo- how scary is that?!

  • POSTED BY KP_84 on | March 26, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Perhaps the solution is to get more "cattle". In the Barclays Premier League, a team typically has 30 or more contracted players. At present, IPL teams only have about 20. There were a number of up and coming players who missed out on IPL contracts this year because the teams were happy with the number of players on their lists. If Lalit Modi doled more money than the $750k per team they were given this year and encouaged the teams to recruite more players, that would change.

  • POSTED BY starjay on | March 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with you Roy Symo. Now with the IPL increased to 10 franchises Modi has to come up with a plan to have 2 groups of 5 teams each playing round robin fixtures against one another and then move on to a play-off kind of situation with the top teams moving on from either groups. If the current itinerary format is retained then we have 94 games over 2 months which to me is ridiculous and frustrating. We already have many players get injured throughout this season. Players want to be fit both for the IPL and international cricket. You can't have it both ways Lalit. So it's time to buckle up and get your thoughts on how to make the IPL productive in terms of player fitness.

  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | March 26, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Well, I never thought I would hear a sensible comment from some1 with a track record of indiscipline but he has a point. The IPL is entertaining and good, no doubt but the injuries have been raining. The fact that no IPL team made it to the 2nd round of the Champion's trophy, in Ind at that, also hinted that something was off, either with quality or fatigue or both. To me, one solution will be to spread the pool, particularly to ASSOCIATE teams. Search for a few diamonds in the rough. Morgan proved that he was one. Not only will you encourage the game in Associate nations but you will also SPREAD THE WORKLOAD.

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  • POSTED BY _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on | March 26, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Well, I never thought I would hear a sensible comment from some1 with a track record of indiscipline but he has a point. The IPL is entertaining and good, no doubt but the injuries have been raining. The fact that no IPL team made it to the 2nd round of the Champion's trophy, in Ind at that, also hinted that something was off, either with quality or fatigue or both. To me, one solution will be to spread the pool, particularly to ASSOCIATE teams. Search for a few diamonds in the rough. Morgan proved that he was one. Not only will you encourage the game in Associate nations but you will also SPREAD THE WORKLOAD.

  • POSTED BY starjay on | March 26, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with you Roy Symo. Now with the IPL increased to 10 franchises Modi has to come up with a plan to have 2 groups of 5 teams each playing round robin fixtures against one another and then move on to a play-off kind of situation with the top teams moving on from either groups. If the current itinerary format is retained then we have 94 games over 2 months which to me is ridiculous and frustrating. We already have many players get injured throughout this season. Players want to be fit both for the IPL and international cricket. You can't have it both ways Lalit. So it's time to buckle up and get your thoughts on how to make the IPL productive in terms of player fitness.

  • POSTED BY KP_84 on | March 26, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Perhaps the solution is to get more "cattle". In the Barclays Premier League, a team typically has 30 or more contracted players. At present, IPL teams only have about 20. There were a number of up and coming players who missed out on IPL contracts this year because the teams were happy with the number of players on their lists. If Lalit Modi doled more money than the $750k per team they were given this year and encouaged the teams to recruite more players, that would change.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Wise words from Symmo- how scary is that?!

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | March 26, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    IPL should be played for six months a year. Most matches should be on weekends. Just like the Premier League football.

  • POSTED BY KTiwari on | March 26, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    well said Andrew Symonds...I think duration will get longer and personally, I welcome that...

  • POSTED BY Indiawins372 on | March 26, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    For once I actually agree with Symonds. If these players aren't rested then their performance in international tournaments and especially the T20 World Cup coming up will suffer, which is more important in my opinion. IPL is exciting and quick but everything is better in moderation. If you try to expand too quickly then you will break.

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | March 26, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    This RUBBISH, NON-SENSE, STUPID, DUBIOUS IPL has already killed the cricket. Legendary Cricketers like Tendulkar, Kumble, Dravid have fallen to temptation of IPL. The most funniest part is people think that IPL is an Cricket Tournament. In deeper sense it is not at all a cricketing event, it is thoroughly a Commercial event.

  • POSTED BY asad114 on | March 26, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    Quality of cricket??In IPL??? All I see are pathetic Indian bowlers getting carted all around....don't think increasing the number of matches will change that... IPL is an Indian domestic tournament..that's all it is ...people need to stop pretending like it's the highest standard that cricket has to offer....

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    he is correct. this 59 matches schedule is pretty well balanced. 94 matches is too much for one season. modi should be getting mad. he is misalculating. isn't there any advisor to him?