BCCI denies compulsion on players to play in Windies

While the club versus country debate continues, the 51-day Indian Premier League (IPL 4) might result in several players missing the Windies tour.

Updated: May 11, 2011 15:20 IST
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Mumbai: While the club versus country debate refuses to die out, the participation of several players in India's tour of the West Indies starting on June 4 is already doubtful. The BCCI insists that there is no compulsion on the senior players to tour the West Indies for the Test and ODI series.

The Chief Administrative Officer of the BCCI, Ratnakar Shetty was reacting to reports in the media that certain senior players are unhappy about not being given a break.

Earlier reports of Virender Sehwag delaying his shoulder surgery because of the cash-rich IPL were doing the rounds. Other reports suggested that several players including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh might be rested for the Windies tour in the view of the tough international schedule ahead.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) however, had taken a firm stand on the issue with its Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat emphasising on fielding a full-strength Indian side on the West Indies tour as per the commitment to the Future Tours Programme.

The Windies tour which comprises of 5 ODIs followed by 3 test matches will start after a six-day gap from the 51-day Indian Premier League.

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