Player burn-out concerns October 23, 2003

Richards calls for separate Test and ODI sides

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Viv Richards, the chairman of the West Indies selectors, has called on the West Indies Cricket Board to select different sides for Tests and one-dayers to try and prevent player burn-out as the international calendar becomes more and more demanding.

"We are probably cash-strapped and can't afford to be transferring people back and forth," Richards told reporters, "but I'd like to think that if we are looking at cricketers' development and moving forward in the future, we must implement certain things that we see. It has become necessary where we have players who have been assigned as Test-match players and others who are assigned as one-day cricketers. We are hoping we can have that put in place."

Richards' comments come as the West Indies start a grueling schedule in which they play Test and ODI series in Zimbabwe and South Africa, then host England before traveling to Bangladesh, from there move on to England for a return series and then finish off next September with the ICC Trophy, also in England.

"It is a serious period where we are looking to rebuild," Richards continued. "We have picked the individuals we believe are suited for the rebuilding process. We have alerted several reserves that they are on the shortlist and we want them to remain in programmes so that when called upon they would be ready to play a part."

And Richards also warned several unnamed senior players to look long and hard at the way they behave both on and off the field. "It's not probation, but we are looking very hard at some individuals, mannerisms, attitudes," he said. "More than anything else, we would like them to commit themselves to scoring runs, all the runs necessary for us to be successful."

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