Wright bats for international window for IPL

Updated: 19 April 2010 16:28 IST

Former New Zealand captain John Wright on Monday said that Indian Premier League deserves a window in the international cricket calendar.

Wright bats for international window for IPL

Chandigarh:

Former New Zealand captain John Wright on Monday said that Indian Premier League deserves a window in the international cricket calendar.

"IPL is definitely a big opportunity for the players, it's a fantastic tournament and it would be nice to see a window for it (by the ICC), where at least those who need to be involved can be involved," Wright said here.

Wright also sees packed calendar as one of the trends of modern-day cricket, stressing that it was a question of maintaining the right balance.

"I think it is becoming one of the trends of modern-day cricket. The fact that players are too tired may well become a bigger issue, but it is a question of maintaining the right balance," he said.

"(National) teams got to make sure they have depth/bench strength so that they can keep rotating players and rest them in-between," said Wright who is here to announce scholarships for Indian students to be given by Southern Institute of Technology, a New Zealand government owned polytechnic.

Asked if he foresees a time when cricketers prefer IPL to donning national colours, Wright said for any player the pride of playing for his country should always be the first motto though he can't blame them for making commercial decisions.

"I meet youngsters who don't want to grow playing 5-day cricket (Tests). But I tell them that the fact remains that any great player will be judged by his performance in the Test format," he said.

Asked about Tendulkar's fine form in the IPL, Wright said, "He is such a great player and is currently looking in terrific form. He knows his game and I think we should leave it up to him and respect his decision (on when to retire."

Wright also praised M S Dhoni, saying the India team under him had touched new heights.

"I believe Dhoni and (current coach) Gary Kirsten enjoy a good relationship and are working as a good outfit," he said.

Wright said he was not averse to coaching an IPL team and disclosed that on earlier occasions there had been "couple of informal approaches (for coaching) but timing was not right".

"Let's see if it happens again (if the offer of coaching again comes)," he said.

On the controversies surrounding IPL this year, Wright said these were part of cricket in India where people are so passionate about the game.

"Before I took over as Indian team coach, I remember it generated a lot of controversy. People questioned the need of having a foreign coach. Some felt the concept of foreign coach will not work in India. Later on, there were some issues which generated lot of media attention," he recalled.



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