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Cricket Overdose: Boon or bane for players?
The Indian cricket team has been playing too much of cricket off late, as a result its the players who are bearing the brunt of excess cricket. The players are not complaining as their pockets are..
INDIA IS scheduled to play 13 Test matches, 25 one day matches, and 3 T20 matches in the coming 7 months. Over and above this jam packed schedule will be the Champion’s League matches scheduled to be played in Australia, which again will have participatation of top notch Indian cricketers representing their franchise. Is too much cricket killing Indian cricket? Should Gautam Gambhir's injury and the decision to rest key players like Tendulkar for the ODIs and T20 in West Indies be a wake up call for the BCCI?



Every time we switch on our television sets, it is either cricket or Bollywood entertaining audiences at home, theatres and grounds. Cricket can be declared to be the ‘unofficial’ national game of India. It has been addressed as religion by many and their cricketers as goddess in India.


The cricketers in India have been under lots of stress due to their constant travelling for ICC tourneys and host of other matches. Though some senior players are being given rest for some tournaments, still it disturbs the regular balance in the composition of the team. They have been playing regular cricket since the turn of the year with the tour of South Africa, ICC world cup and the lucrative ongoing IPL, which has become one of the richest leagues in the world.


Most of the Indian players had been drained after playing in full capacity during the World cup, which proved to be fruitful, as the team lifted the world cup 2011. Surely, they needed rest to recharge their batteries. But the lucrative IPL dragged them to the grounds, where some frontline Indian players such as Sehwag, and Gambhir faced the brunt of fatigue as they got injured playing in the IPL.
 
Here's where the debate of Country over club comes in. The gentleman’s game may be headed in the latter’s direction.


BCCI, the principal owner of IPL is expected to earn revenue of around 1000 crore from sponsorships, advertisements, franchisee fees and various other rights from IPL 2011. With such kind of money on the floor, players are putting their bodies on the line to make some quick money, so, what is the harm?


Wasim Akram, a renowned cricketer said it publicly that India is playing too much of cricket. He is spot on. The money that the BCCI earns when an Indian cricket team plays a single match is beyond comparison to any other International match. So, it is not surprising that the Indian team plays cricket for BCCI who rewards them handsomely. Each and every Indian player earns 15-60 lakhs per season depending upon the grading system of BCCI.


We do not need a rocket scientist to explore how rich the BCCI are. They are rich enough to help the Sri Lankan cricket board in clearing their debt. They even provided a financial aid of 50 crores to National Development Sports fund to support other sports such as swimming, judo, wrestling, archery and shooting in 2008. They had also been approached by the Indian football federation for a sum of 25 Crore. Their sharing attitude has silenced the critics many a times.


The positivity out of excess cricket for the Indian team is that they have been improving with each and every outing. On the contrary, other teams such as West Indies, Pakistan have been on a decline as they hardly play cricket due to issues and challenges at home. The ICC has also been playing their cards well to keep the Indian board happy. The ICC, to a certain extent, depends on the money that is generated from Indian cricket.


Excess cricket may come to haunt BCCI. The time may not be far off when players choose which matches they want to play and which not to. They need to seriously think about the game in the long run instead of quick money.
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