Aussie injury crisis proves there's too much cricket: Marsh

Updated: 05 November 2009 08:59 IST

Australia's injury crisis in India proves that the international calendar is too cramped, feels the country's Cricketers Association CEO Paul Marsh.

Melbourne:

Australia's injury crisis in India proves that the international calendar is too cramped, feels the country's Cricketers Association CEO Paul Marsh.

"If you ever needed evidence of the impact of such an enormous workload, we're seeing it now," Marsh was quoted as saying by 'The Sydney Morning Herald'.

Pace spearhead Brett Lee, fellow fast bowler Peter Siddle, wicketkeeper Time Paine and all-rounders James Hopes have so far returned from the one-day tour of India.

Hopes' replacement Moises Henriques damaged his right hamstring on Wednesday and thus was ruled out of the fifth ODI.

Vice-captain Michael Clarke, paceman Nathan Bracken and young batsman Callum Ferguson were on the sidelines even before the series started.

Marsh said the ICC needs to cut the number of games to prevent such scenarios but the governing body doesn't seem to be addressing the issue in the post-2012 Future Tours Program which is being drafted currently.

"We haven't seen the final copy but we have seen drafts along the way and our views are that it doesn't solve the majority of the programming issues.

"From my discussions with Cricket Australia, I think they are looking at issues like workload and context really seriously, and that's positive, but at the moment the new FTP doesn't reflect that," he said.

"...the Australian injury crisis is just a lesson once again that international cricketers cannot sustain this level of workload. Going forward, hopefully that is something everyone will have learnt the hard way," he added.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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