Haynes wary of cricket leagues in India

April 1st, 2008 - 9:26 pm ICT by admin  

Port-of-Spain, April 1 (IANS) Former West Indies opening batsman Desmond Haynes fears for the well being of cricket and has warned that the money churning Indian cricket leagues have the potential to destroy it. “I am worried about the Indian leagues right now. I am worried that it may destroy the game that has given me so much”, Haynes said at a seminar here.

Haynes also expressed concerns at the unavailability of West Indian top batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivanarine Chanderpaul for the upcoming Test series against Australia. The trio would be playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting April 18.

Haynes cautioned the International Cricket Council (ICC) to pay more attention to Tests and said that if measures were not put in place, the longer version of the game would be a thing of the past.

“Test cricket can be revived but the West Indian Cricket Board has to do their part in the Caribbean. I think no one must ask fans in Guyana to pay $30 to look at a Test match. This is just not right,” he said.

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