Kirsten blames IPL for India’s early exit from World T20

June 16th, 2009 - 6:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Nottingham, June 16 (IANS) India’s cricket coach Gary Kirsten has squarely blamed the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the team’s early exit from the World Twenty20, saying that a lot of players were carrying niggles into the tournament.
“The one thing that did not play into our hands here is that we had a bunch of cricketers who were quite tired when they arrived,” Kirsten said.

“We had a lot of players with niggles coming into this tournament. A lot of those niggles were picked up during the IPL. We lose contact with our players during IPL because they are connected to and responsible to their franchise,” the South African said.

Defending champions India crashed out of the ongoing World Twenty20 after losing to West Indies and England in the Super Eight stage.

The 37-day IPL ended in South Africa just 10 days before the start of the World Twenty20.

“It probably did not help that we had two relatively low intensity (group) games against Bangladesh and Ireland… but the standard of cricket and the quality of cricket has been higher than we experienced in the IPL,” Kirsten said.

“That (IPL) is a domestic competition, a club competition in many respects. While you’ve got international players playing in the teams, you’ve got first-class cricketers making up the rest.”

“I sense there’s a reasonably big gap between what’s happening at the IPL level and what’s happening internationally.”

Asked about the possibility of India internationals skipping IPL duty, he added: “I’ve seen that happen in other sports, I know in South Africa they do that in rugby union. Maybe that’s something to think of in the future. Whether it is possible, we don’t know.”

“The next World Twenty20 is only something like nine months away and we’re keen to start setting up our plans and strategies,” Kirsten said.

“We got it wrong in this tournament and we need to go forward from that.”

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