It is unfair to blame the players if they are sidelined due to injuries after a frenetic Indian Premier League season, feels Navjot Sidhu. The former India opener sprang to the defence of Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag, who was criticised after delaying shoulder surgery to play in the IPL last year and enters the upcoming event after some confusion over his fitness after being 'rested' for the Asia Cup.
"You can't blame Sehwag alone. It is the BCCI which has sold franchises, for huge sums. So, they have to work together. There must be symbiosis," Sidhu said at a media event for the IPL. With the league built on big names such as Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the franchises would naturally expect them to feature prominently.
The IPL, starting on April 4, is under pressure to draw crowds and TV viewers after India's poor show.