More players could go the Flintoff way: Kirsten

Updated: 27 July 2009 09:51 IST

India coach Gary Kirsten has warned that a lot of players could go the Andrew Flintoff way and quit Tests to prolong their one-day and Twenty20 career.

Johannesburg:

India coach Gary Kirsten has warned that a lot of players could go the Andrew Flintoff way and quit Tests to prolong their one-day and Twenty20 career as it assures them of more money for less cricket.

"It's a natural progression that the guys are then going to say 'I'm not interested in bowling 25 overs in a day when I can bowl four overs in a six-week period and earn three times as much'," Kirtsen was quoted as saying by a cricket website.

Flintoff will quit Test cricket after the ongoing Ashes and the 31-year-old blamed the decision on his injury-ravaged body.

Kirsten said Flintoff's decision could influence a lot of other players.

"The worrying side that I'm seeing is that a guy like Andrew Flintoff, a high profile cricketer, has now made the decision to leave Test cricket, because he feels that he can get more out of his body and earn much more money by moving away from Test cricket and playing ODIs and Twenty20 cricket.

"He's perfectly right in his decision. Why not?" he said. The former South African coach said ODI games should be lessened and Twenty20 games increased to strike the right balance.

"India plays six Tests this year. Is that sufficient or are there other priorities? I don't know."

"It's quite interesting that we've got a Twenty20 World Cup in April next year in the West Indies and Team India don't play one Twenty20 game until that tournament starts.

"What should be happening is that we should be going on tour and playing six Twenty20 games and one or two 50-over games. I think that's going to happen. It's just a matter of time," he said.

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