Indian Premier League May 13, 2010

Number of IPL matches could be reviewed - Pataudi

Cricinfo staff
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Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi has said the IPL governing council, of which he is a member, could consider reviewing the number of matches for the league next season. India's poor performance in the World Twenty20 this year has led to criticism suggesting their exit from the tournament was a consequence of a hectic IPL schedule. The IPL is set to stage 94 games in 2011, with the addition to two new teams, as opposed to 60 this year. Pataudi, while acknowledging that the increasing volume of cricket was proving stressful, said players would have to be mentally and physically tougher to adapt to the game's growing demands.

"We can look at this and say how do we reduce the matches. I think there is a need perhaps to review that," Pataudi told the news channel Times Now. "But it will be very difficult now to reduce the number of teams."

Pataudi said the decision to include two new teams and increase the number of games next season did meet opposition even within the governing council. "I can't exactly tell you what happened in the council meeting but it wasn't exactly a unanimous decision I assure you," he said. "A lot of people said there is too much cricket going on, but it was carried. It will be a long summer for cricket. Cricket is going to become more and more stressful as we continue, and people will have to be fitter and tougher mentally as well as physically."

MS Dhoni, India's captain, had said in the aftermath of his team's exit from the World Twenty20 that the travelling and the after-match parties during the IPL had contributed to tiredness among players. "I think Dhoni is not right about the IPL nights as much as he is right about the travelling. That's what really puts you under strain," Pataudi said. "Cricket is very strenuous nowadays.

"Players have to be absolutely single-minded about the game. They have to think about and focus on nothing but cricket and just forget everything else."

Meanwhile, Niranjan Shah, the IPL vice-chairman, has defended the league and lashed out against the Indian players for their "pathetic" performance. "Our cricketers have done very badly in the Twenty20 World Cup. It's really disappointing that they didn't win a single match in the Super Eight round. They must not try to offer excuses for their pathetic performance," Shah told reporters in Rajkot. "The players have to blame themselves. They must introspect where they went wrong or what went wrong. I think, except one or two players, most of them failed to do their jobs.

"I don't think players can complain now that they were tired because of IPL and hence they weren't in a position to give off their best in the West Indies. Most of them are quite educated and know their responsibilities well. If they felt the IPL after-parties weren't good for them, they shouldn't have gone there. Now when the Indian team has been bundled out of the tournament, I think it's ridiculous to blame the IPL and give petty excuses."

"Instead of blaming it, the IPL should be considered a good platform for practice for the players just before an important event like the T20 World Championship. But if the players feel that they're tired because of the IPL, they shouldn't play in it. There is no shortage of talented cricketers in India. There are so many of them to choose from. We shouldn't depend upon on only ten or 11 players."

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  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    There should be no more than 30 games in IPL, Period. Now there are 10 teams. Divide in two groups of 5. Each team plays the other once so 10+10 games in league stage. then semi and finals. So 24 games! Thats the way to go please please reduce the tamasha to 24 games only! Guys lets start a petition to BCCI where thousands of us should sign saying that we want to see around 30 matches in next years IPL!!! Any volunteers?

  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Here is one idea: Play 5-over a side games starting 8pm. The games can be played at a slow comfortable pace. Introduce the concept of 'walking between wickets'. There should be 'comfort zones' at boundary lines where a cheerleader should be available for the fielders to gossip. comfy couches should be placed at long-on, long-off, deep midwicket, deep cover, etc. Match should be so friendly that the losing team should also celebrate. See then we indians will forget the difference between winning and losing. As the night goes on one can bring the party mood to the ground. Players can dance with the cheerleaders in the middle of the ground and crowd can also enjoy. Crowd can also see how these IPL parties are. One can have singing dancing competitions... it wll be a full masala for indian audience and BCCI can fill their pockets with money. I am sure this can sell more than just cricket. What do you think guys?

  • vishal_pintoo on May 17, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    If you cricinfo staff read my e mails I used to send all the time, will find the points which gets appeared from the mouth of legends. I am not saying I am a champion in writing. But you underestimate my thaughts if you read those. You do not reply to any of my mail. But still I will keep sending. IPL teams should be devided in two groups as per their ratings and each team will play against all teams in the same group and only once for the league matches. But IPL is totally mess. In fact 20-20 format is totally mess. Better you sponser these kinds of games on foreign soils if you are honest about your thaughts that our games quality should be raised. IPL will not raise the quality of players but will be like a macchi market and you will get totally confused and unable to select a proper player for required track or pitch. IPL will only help to turn the money over. Nothing else. If you want to improve cricket IPL is never going to help you. I am DAM SURE. Take a note of this.

  • C.Dutt on May 16, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Goverment must not allow Cricket to be played beyond 9 PM to avoid stress & strain of the players.Also,security & transport is a problem for general public to travel in the night. Income Tax & other taxes should be fully charged and no concession should be allowed. Names of allthe franchises should be informed to parliament and State bodies of Cricket organisation to avoid illegality.

  • Mojay on May 14, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    The media as well as some past players are clearly over doing the critcism bit. Neither did they deserve so much credit in 2007 nor do they deserve this amount of criticism now. It shows us as stupid and immature people. So is the same with Pakistan but they do have a lot of infighting. Not so much of that with India. Just look at it - India were 90+ for 1 in the first 10 overs but only 70+ in the next 10. Does that mean that they played very responsibly in the first 10 overs and irresponsibly in the next 10. The Lankans bowled well at the end and we just could'nt get them away. No IPL or late nights are reasons. They lack consistency which is what really matters. No team can match the Aussies in consistency. They are the true champs! Ssome players may act a lill high headed or arrogant and they should be handled. But every player knows what is in store for them if they dont perform. They stand to lose heavily. So lets stop thiis bashing - its getting to be sickening

  • subram54 on May 14, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi is the only former cricketer who has come out with a very positive suggestion for reducing the number of matches in the next editionof IPL. I thinkit should just be a single tier league which would mean 45 matches followed by semif finals and final. In all the tournament would be of 48 matches

  • chaitu3178 on May 14, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The Best way is two divide the 10 teams into two groups (not based on south or North), they should be divided based on a draw. Then the teams in the group shoud play against their other in Home & Away. Then the best 2 teams from each group will come to Semis & then to Final. The total No of matches for each team will be 8 in group level, then may be 1 in semis & 1 final. So this will reduce the stress on players & they will be fit enough for other tounaments.

  • shim on May 14, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    I Think IPL Mgmt and BCCI have their heads in the sand. There are too mny IPL games. They should be cut in to half. Make two divisions and have a knock out like the ICC T20. Give the players some time to rest and plan out the strategy to play other T20 teams in ICC championshisp. The money greed is hurting the country.

  • howizzat on May 14, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Nawab is right while saying the number of games should be reduced. As all teams should be treated at par and should the logic be that every team plays the other team dividing into groups may not work out. One INNOVATIVE way to reduce the number of matches can be, EVERY TEAM WILL PLAY NINE GAMES WITH THE OTHER NINE AND ANOTHER 5(NOT 9). This can be achieved by giving each team 4 BYES. So in all each team play 14 matches as it is in present format. This ensures no loss in revenues for the concerned entities. PLAYER BURN-OUT can also be reduced by making it mandatory for the franchisees that they play a particular player, including the skipper not more than in 10 games during the league stages. Retirees form the national teams can be exempted from this clause. TRAVEL TIME can be reduced by making every team a HOST for Three consecutive matches including a double header.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Indian team didn't had enough time to prepare for T20 world cup. BCCI should learn from its mistake. You just can't do directly without any preparation for important tournament like world cup. You require atleast 15 days preparatory camp and two to three warm up games for the unit to gel together. I think BCCI administrators have messed up because of IPL.

  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    There should be no more than 30 games in IPL, Period. Now there are 10 teams. Divide in two groups of 5. Each team plays the other once so 10+10 games in league stage. then semi and finals. So 24 games! Thats the way to go please please reduce the tamasha to 24 games only! Guys lets start a petition to BCCI where thousands of us should sign saying that we want to see around 30 matches in next years IPL!!! Any volunteers?

  • sachin300 on May 17, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Here is one idea: Play 5-over a side games starting 8pm. The games can be played at a slow comfortable pace. Introduce the concept of 'walking between wickets'. There should be 'comfort zones' at boundary lines where a cheerleader should be available for the fielders to gossip. comfy couches should be placed at long-on, long-off, deep midwicket, deep cover, etc. Match should be so friendly that the losing team should also celebrate. See then we indians will forget the difference between winning and losing. As the night goes on one can bring the party mood to the ground. Players can dance with the cheerleaders in the middle of the ground and crowd can also enjoy. Crowd can also see how these IPL parties are. One can have singing dancing competitions... it wll be a full masala for indian audience and BCCI can fill their pockets with money. I am sure this can sell more than just cricket. What do you think guys?

  • vishal_pintoo on May 17, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    If you cricinfo staff read my e mails I used to send all the time, will find the points which gets appeared from the mouth of legends. I am not saying I am a champion in writing. But you underestimate my thaughts if you read those. You do not reply to any of my mail. But still I will keep sending. IPL teams should be devided in two groups as per their ratings and each team will play against all teams in the same group and only once for the league matches. But IPL is totally mess. In fact 20-20 format is totally mess. Better you sponser these kinds of games on foreign soils if you are honest about your thaughts that our games quality should be raised. IPL will not raise the quality of players but will be like a macchi market and you will get totally confused and unable to select a proper player for required track or pitch. IPL will only help to turn the money over. Nothing else. If you want to improve cricket IPL is never going to help you. I am DAM SURE. Take a note of this.

  • C.Dutt on May 16, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    Goverment must not allow Cricket to be played beyond 9 PM to avoid stress & strain of the players.Also,security & transport is a problem for general public to travel in the night. Income Tax & other taxes should be fully charged and no concession should be allowed. Names of allthe franchises should be informed to parliament and State bodies of Cricket organisation to avoid illegality.

  • Mojay on May 14, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    The media as well as some past players are clearly over doing the critcism bit. Neither did they deserve so much credit in 2007 nor do they deserve this amount of criticism now. It shows us as stupid and immature people. So is the same with Pakistan but they do have a lot of infighting. Not so much of that with India. Just look at it - India were 90+ for 1 in the first 10 overs but only 70+ in the next 10. Does that mean that they played very responsibly in the first 10 overs and irresponsibly in the next 10. The Lankans bowled well at the end and we just could'nt get them away. No IPL or late nights are reasons. They lack consistency which is what really matters. No team can match the Aussies in consistency. They are the true champs! Ssome players may act a lill high headed or arrogant and they should be handled. But every player knows what is in store for them if they dont perform. They stand to lose heavily. So lets stop thiis bashing - its getting to be sickening

  • subram54 on May 14, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi is the only former cricketer who has come out with a very positive suggestion for reducing the number of matches in the next editionof IPL. I thinkit should just be a single tier league which would mean 45 matches followed by semif finals and final. In all the tournament would be of 48 matches

  • chaitu3178 on May 14, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    The Best way is two divide the 10 teams into two groups (not based on south or North), they should be divided based on a draw. Then the teams in the group shoud play against their other in Home & Away. Then the best 2 teams from each group will come to Semis & then to Final. The total No of matches for each team will be 8 in group level, then may be 1 in semis & 1 final. So this will reduce the stress on players & they will be fit enough for other tounaments.

  • shim on May 14, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    I Think IPL Mgmt and BCCI have their heads in the sand. There are too mny IPL games. They should be cut in to half. Make two divisions and have a knock out like the ICC T20. Give the players some time to rest and plan out the strategy to play other T20 teams in ICC championshisp. The money greed is hurting the country.

  • howizzat on May 14, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Nawab is right while saying the number of games should be reduced. As all teams should be treated at par and should the logic be that every team plays the other team dividing into groups may not work out. One INNOVATIVE way to reduce the number of matches can be, EVERY TEAM WILL PLAY NINE GAMES WITH THE OTHER NINE AND ANOTHER 5(NOT 9). This can be achieved by giving each team 4 BYES. So in all each team play 14 matches as it is in present format. This ensures no loss in revenues for the concerned entities. PLAYER BURN-OUT can also be reduced by making it mandatory for the franchisees that they play a particular player, including the skipper not more than in 10 games during the league stages. Retirees form the national teams can be exempted from this clause. TRAVEL TIME can be reduced by making every team a HOST for Three consecutive matches including a double header.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Indian team didn't had enough time to prepare for T20 world cup. BCCI should learn from its mistake. You just can't do directly without any preparation for important tournament like world cup. You require atleast 15 days preparatory camp and two to three warm up games for the unit to gel together. I think BCCI administrators have messed up because of IPL.

  • kaderwavoo on May 14, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    i think better to split 2 groups of 5 teams each & played each other twice, so that the total number of matches reduce to 60 in the league stage + 2 semis & The Final. Total only 63.Which is 31 games shorter than the 94 games for IPL 4th edition.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 14, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Lumb played well today for Eng and so to did Angelo Matthews for Sri Lanka and both played most of IPL. Lumb in particular came to be noticed via the IPL and more importantly he played the spinners well enough, proving he was willing to address his weaker areas. The IPL is not to cop most of the blame. Former players from SA too were blaming IPL for the complete opposite reason. I think neither team was good enough and that is why they flopped. Ind flopped worse than SA because they were even worse than SA. Their bowling and running were weak/inconsistent and their fielding was consistently poor. It has been this way for yrs now...#1 ranking and all. If Ind address these things they will be UNBEATABLE, even if they don't ever master the short ball.

  • lucyferr on May 14, 2010, 1:12 GMT

    Split the IPL into two divisions like the National and American League in Major League Baseball and have their winners meet in the semis.

  • Lahori_Munde on May 13, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Blame IPL for India's failure is Shear Nonsense. Indian team should rather consider itself lucky to have played IPL prior to WC. It was a great platform to practise. India always plays series prior to any major ICC event, to gain practise before they go in. What's wrong with IPL then? India lost because of their team selection, tactical blunders and failure of their players to perform when it mattered.. How come no Aussie aur English player failing, who played in IPL?

  • on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Not that India lack any kind of talent: they are no. 1 in tests and no. 2 in ODIs. No matter if critics call them over-rated, I strongly believe that with appropriate planning and sensible scheduling, India, could one day get back into the groove of t20.

    Administrators in India need to understand that a human mind and body can only take a level of strain and burden. After that it becomes stress and pain. Give your players good amount of rest. By throwing millions of dollars, you cannot expect them to play good cricket in big tournaments. Increase the pool of players. Get a good rotation policy in effect. Otherwise, world might see another debacle in the future.

  • Deenesh on May 13, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Blame blame blame. the captain, the players, the management, the IPL, the BCCI even. Why not just say its everyone's fault and play the game. World Cup coming up, and India have thier last chance to show the world that they have progressed from a mediocre team that can't play high class opposition in global tournaments. I think they will improve and mend thier ways. Dont worry, the media pressure alone is enuogh to galvanize any team into action.

  • hashir86 on May 13, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    why this same question didnt rise when we won the 2 game in the league round, no doubt one team was afghanistan but we did beat South Africa... If the matches would have been played in Guyana or St Lucia or any slow wicket then India would have won surely....India lost the matches in barbados where the pitch is very quick and bouncy....If they are blaming the players then Board is also equally responsible for not making such kind of wickets in India... it happens, you cant ask your team to win every match and every Cup IPL doesnt have anything to do with india loosing

  • on May 13, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    Mr Pataudi and respected mgmt of BCCI: Please introduce a point system for all the 11 spots + 4 for the bench (Team of 15 for T20). Use IPL as a platform to get these 15 out of the league to play the T20 for India. I believe the players should earn their place in the India 11. Just like the purple hat for the best bat and bowl, have a rating system in IPL, for bowlers, batsmen, wk, and alrounders. The best or top point getters go on to play for the Tri Colour. No Blame Game, and a fair chance for talent to represent the Mother India. Jai Hind.

  • lucyferr on May 13, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    I think Dhoni and this Pataudi guy are right about the travelling. But who is this Niranjan fellow? Some guy who only played 12 first class matches (with an average less than 12 runs) - what does he know about the pressures of playing and travelling so much? Good heavens. In any case, I do think the IPL should have more teams - but that the number of matches can be reduced by splitting the IPL into two divisions or something, like the way baseball works. There is much to compare between T20 and baseball - both short games that demand their players play day after day. T20 administrators should learn what lessons they can from baseball.

  • thescorpio on May 13, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    we r gonna have two new teams added to the list & no. of games gonna be more than what we have now.. and now you say this? lmao!!! well said Pataudi..

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on May 13, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    We played bad cricket and we lost. Why this blame game. Lets shut up and work towards the goal.

  • Afsar_US on May 13, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Mr. Pataudi, Reducing the number of matches in IPL will definitely work. Last IPL had around 55-60 matches, next year it will be around 90 matches with the addition of two more teams.

    Teams can be divided in two groups, and top 4 teams from each group quarter finals. The number of matches each team plays will be 4 * 2 (based on two rounds) with 5 teams in each group, a total of 18 matches per group will be played.

    36 (2 groups * 18) + 4 qtrs + 2 semi + 3 finals (Best Of Three) = 43 matches for IPL4.

    To be considered for National duty a player should not play more than 60-70% of the matches in any IPL season going forward.

  • tushvis on May 13, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    Here is one format to reduce the number of matches: divide 10 teams in 2 leagues say north league(Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Kolkata, and Pune) and south league (Chennai, Deccan, Mumbai, Banglore, and Kochi). Pune is put in north and(instead of Mumbai) so that each league has one of the new teams. Each team will then play 2 games each (home and away) with the team in its own league and one game (2 or 3 home and 3 or 2 away) with each team from the another league. So its 13 games for each team as opposed to 14 right now. Then 2 team from each league will reach semi-finals and then a final. Its total of 49 games (45 league games + 2 semi-finals + 1 3rd spot game + 1 final). The final can even be played best of 3 as the number of games are now reduced to less than what we have in the IPL right now. What do you think people?

  • on May 13, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    What an easy job Mr.Niranjan Shah. All he gets to do in his cozy office is complain about players. I totally accept that the team did perform to their potential. I think players should be entitled to their opinion. Too much cricket is being played and players do get Tired. Are nt they HUMAN as well ?

    If Niranjan Shah thinks there is so much talent in INDIA please send that team to the major tournaments, and exhaust naturally gifted players at the IPL. There is so much difference in the way Pataudi and shah speak. And it is obvious that someone who has played the game before understands the players concerns.

    People like Niranjan Shah should step down from top positions in the board and do a service to Indian cricket by not being a deterrent. Reduce the number of games played at the IPL. Give players more break rather than exploit them to make more money through advertising and sponsorships.

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    How about putting a limit on the number of matches each player can play in the IPL? Lets say each player can play only 10 of the 16 matches. That way even the bench players will be tested by each team and would give ample rest for Indian players to relax. Semi's and finals the teams can choose the best possible 11.

  • svrfremont on May 13, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    Please stop this IPL blame game. Tait, Nannes, Watson and Warner are all playing the World Cup and playing fantastically. They are not jaded. These are the guys that are crushing the opposition. The rest of the AUS team is not that great. Our team is just not capable. JUST STOP THIS IPL blaming. Dhoni. Stop whining. We had a chance at the 10 over mark of the Sri Lanka game. Instead of batting them out of the match we gave them a chance and they took it. NO IPL is not the reason. Wake up.

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    The contrast in the thinking of an ex India captain (Pataudi) and an administrator who played just 12 first-class matches averaging 11 is stark! One can empathise with the team, the other.....!

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    The day people like Niranjan Shah leaves Cricket, Indian cricket would improve.. Who is he to blame the players..? What audacity!!! Any tom, dick & harry can voice out opinion like he does and wash his hands off when India loses..What has he done to improve cricket in India being a administrator..? People like him who does not know anything abt cricket running BCCI is the biggest curse for Indian cricket...The day the BCCI is left to ex-cricketers like Shastri, Kumble, Gavaskar, Saurav, Kapil, Srinath & Sachin (once he has retired) cricket in India would grow.. Isn't there anyone to bring these guys at the helm of BCCI to be answerable to India's performance... They bask in glory when India wins and ridicules the team when they loses..God save Indian cricket!

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Agreed that the team's performance lacked the firepower which was expected of them. However, it is a game which might have an undesired outcome. The scheduling of the IPL was a major flaw on the part of the governing council which took its toll on the players. Again, the IPL with all its glitz, glamour and big bucks isn't a good enough practice for an event like World T20 mainly because it is a different format involving both Indian and Foreign Players holding different responsibilities in their respective teams hence altogether different logistics. Rather, the team should have had played some warm up games and intense training camps before appearing for the World T20 event.

  • on May 13, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    New format should be designed. cannot go with 94 games....\

    2 groups 5 teams... top 3 go to super six... then semis & final would be good format.

    its like 1999 and 2003 world cup format..... total number of games played would be far less than 94 games...

    no home team concept all the matches to be held in bouncy /neutral venues.

  • Mojay on May 13, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Pat is absolutely right. I've been tellin this to all my friends. This is greedy behaviour and will end up killing the golden goose!

    The solution is 1. To keep the same teams without the addition of 2 new teams for now and the number of matches remain at 60.

    2. To get 4 new teams instead of 2 totalling 12. Divide into 2 groups of 6 each and each team plays the others within the group twice.

    The total number of matches then will be 30 in each group and 4 knockout matches including playoff for third place totalling 64.

    The new teams apart from Pune and Kochi should be Ahmedabad deinitely any way you look at it and the other can be from Kanpur/Vizag/Cuttack/Gwalior.

    Thats the best solution for now! Playing 94 matches is plain riddddiculous!!!!

  • rathishshenoy on May 13, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I personally feel, 94 matches in 7-8 weeks duration is going to be very hectic and stresful for the players. And a core cricket fan like me doesnt like to see these many matches. At present finalists play max. of 16 games. If the structure is same in the next year, then there will be 20 matches for the final team. Instead to reduce the no. of games, put 10 teams into 2 groups and make 4 home and away matches. Top 4 from each group will qualify for the quarters. This way # of games can bring down.Scheduling shud be in such a wy tht there shud b only one game on weekdays and 2 matches on weekends. And 4 god sake BCCI should schedule tournaments such that there is enough time for relaxing of players. They treat them like machines. and at the end of the day, they will be called as chinese products since they dont last long. Selector Sree should be blamed for this WC disaster than players. Had he picked Irfan n Uthappa, things wud hav been different. Y did he select the team b4 the IPL itse

  • timasani on May 13, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    well said throw them out let them prove and come back to the teams pick the team on form and humblity of players... remove kris from selection board

  • asthomas911 on May 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I hope World Cup 2011 is before the IPL 2011 otherwise Dhoni will come up with another excuse then, if he is still in the team that is. LOL What a stubborn B^$*&%D?

  • arafat.habib on May 13, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I am not an Indian. But I like ILP. Whatever may the criticism be, everyone must concede that ILP has globalised cricket. ILP should not be assessed only by its demerits. Indeed, it has far too many advantages than disadvantages. I saw it made black nigerian people excitedted about cricket, who 1/2 years before didn't have any idea what cricket is. It added glomour, intensity. As a cricket fan, I can say intensity pleases a fan, who wants more and more, rather than one or two games here and there.

    Increasing number of games in the next IPL will only be good for cricket. More games means more opportunity to play- for young players, out of form players- not only from India, but from all over the world . It will definitely help countries like, Newzealand, and Bangladesh. For India team's fitness BCCI can take alternative steps than cutting down ILP. It can limit maximum number of games for selected India team players, e.g. 10 games per IL. And before blaming ILP watch K. Peterson.

  • happy-go-lucky on May 13, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    " But if the players feel that they're tired because of the IPL, they shouldn't play in it" And this guy is a senior BCCI official?

  • Arrow011 on May 13, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Rightly said Niranjan Shah, nobody is breaking coconuts in temples for these players to play for India, if you want top play be fit or else get going home.

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    OTHER THAN THIS SUPER QUICK IPL IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN IPL WHICH SPANS IN A TERM OF 10 and matches happen each weekend as we have in EPL ! 1 match in a week wont be a worry ! In case of national duty let the player go for national duty or in case india playing on national duty let the match be in a week day !

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Mr. Niranjan Shah, you don't want to blame IPL because it is fetching you and BCCI a huge amount of money. If you want to improve the standard of the cricketers in India, the BCCI should think about improving the pitches in India. How long will the players get dusty and flat tracks to play. Treat the pitches to create more bounce, which will eventually improve the quality of the players.

    If you cannot do that, just shut up and do the job of making money rather than supporting IPL.

    It was silly for Dhoni to make such a remark. But the number of matches played in IPL should be reduced. Who needs 14 league matches?

  • kavan871 on May 13, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    if the players are cribbing about tiredness and fatigue due to the hectic IPL, they certainly need to understand that by playing a hectic tournament like the IPL does not cause them to forget how to play short balls. Kumara Sangakarra, David Warner, Mahela Jaywardene and many others played almost every game in the IPL. Their perfomance seemed pretty much up to the mark. So instead of blaming the hectic scheduling and late night parties, they should just admit that they cant bat on bouncy pitches! No IPL worries, no party worries, no nothing. Indian batsmen cant handle short pitched stuff!! The flaw is in their technique and not in the management of external affairs that are apparently causing the performance slide..

  • Adolfhitler89 on May 13, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Teams in IPL should be divided into two groups, the top three teams of each group should go into the next round, then the top two teams of each group should play the semi-finals. This will reduce the number of games in IPL and the players will not get burnt-out.

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  • Adolfhitler89 on May 13, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Teams in IPL should be divided into two groups, the top three teams of each group should go into the next round, then the top two teams of each group should play the semi-finals. This will reduce the number of games in IPL and the players will not get burnt-out.

  • kavan871 on May 13, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    if the players are cribbing about tiredness and fatigue due to the hectic IPL, they certainly need to understand that by playing a hectic tournament like the IPL does not cause them to forget how to play short balls. Kumara Sangakarra, David Warner, Mahela Jaywardene and many others played almost every game in the IPL. Their perfomance seemed pretty much up to the mark. So instead of blaming the hectic scheduling and late night parties, they should just admit that they cant bat on bouncy pitches! No IPL worries, no party worries, no nothing. Indian batsmen cant handle short pitched stuff!! The flaw is in their technique and not in the management of external affairs that are apparently causing the performance slide..

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Mr. Niranjan Shah, you don't want to blame IPL because it is fetching you and BCCI a huge amount of money. If you want to improve the standard of the cricketers in India, the BCCI should think about improving the pitches in India. How long will the players get dusty and flat tracks to play. Treat the pitches to create more bounce, which will eventually improve the quality of the players.

    If you cannot do that, just shut up and do the job of making money rather than supporting IPL.

    It was silly for Dhoni to make such a remark. But the number of matches played in IPL should be reduced. Who needs 14 league matches?

  • on May 13, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    OTHER THAN THIS SUPER QUICK IPL IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN AN IPL WHICH SPANS IN A TERM OF 10 and matches happen each weekend as we have in EPL ! 1 match in a week wont be a worry ! In case of national duty let the player go for national duty or in case india playing on national duty let the match be in a week day !

  • Arrow011 on May 13, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Rightly said Niranjan Shah, nobody is breaking coconuts in temples for these players to play for India, if you want top play be fit or else get going home.

  • happy-go-lucky on May 13, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    " But if the players feel that they're tired because of the IPL, they shouldn't play in it" And this guy is a senior BCCI official?

  • arafat.habib on May 13, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    I am not an Indian. But I like ILP. Whatever may the criticism be, everyone must concede that ILP has globalised cricket. ILP should not be assessed only by its demerits. Indeed, it has far too many advantages than disadvantages. I saw it made black nigerian people excitedted about cricket, who 1/2 years before didn't have any idea what cricket is. It added glomour, intensity. As a cricket fan, I can say intensity pleases a fan, who wants more and more, rather than one or two games here and there.

    Increasing number of games in the next IPL will only be good for cricket. More games means more opportunity to play- for young players, out of form players- not only from India, but from all over the world . It will definitely help countries like, Newzealand, and Bangladesh. For India team's fitness BCCI can take alternative steps than cutting down ILP. It can limit maximum number of games for selected India team players, e.g. 10 games per IL. And before blaming ILP watch K. Peterson.

  • asthomas911 on May 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    I hope World Cup 2011 is before the IPL 2011 otherwise Dhoni will come up with another excuse then, if he is still in the team that is. LOL What a stubborn B^$*&%D?

  • timasani on May 13, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    well said throw them out let them prove and come back to the teams pick the team on form and humblity of players... remove kris from selection board

  • rathishshenoy on May 13, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I personally feel, 94 matches in 7-8 weeks duration is going to be very hectic and stresful for the players. And a core cricket fan like me doesnt like to see these many matches. At present finalists play max. of 16 games. If the structure is same in the next year, then there will be 20 matches for the final team. Instead to reduce the no. of games, put 10 teams into 2 groups and make 4 home and away matches. Top 4 from each group will qualify for the quarters. This way # of games can bring down.Scheduling shud be in such a wy tht there shud b only one game on weekdays and 2 matches on weekends. And 4 god sake BCCI should schedule tournaments such that there is enough time for relaxing of players. They treat them like machines. and at the end of the day, they will be called as chinese products since they dont last long. Selector Sree should be blamed for this WC disaster than players. Had he picked Irfan n Uthappa, things wud hav been different. Y did he select the team b4 the IPL itse