Former cricketers Sandeep Patil, Chandu Borde and Lalchand Rajput today slammed coach Gary Kirsten for trotting out the Indian Premier League as the excuse for India's early exit from the Twenty20 World Cup in England.
"I'm surprised why he (Kirsten) has said that. If IPL is to be blamed then, pray, tell me how come players from England, South Africa and West Indies are praising it to prepare themselves for the World T20," Patil told PTI on June 16.
Kirsten told reporters after the defending champions were knocked out by England on Sunday that because of the IPL, held in South Africa from April 18 to May 24, the support staff did not have enough time to work with the Indian team members, some of whom were carrying niggles, which affected their performance.
The IPL was given permission by the International Cricket Council and all other boards were also supporting it, apart from the BCCI (Cricket Board), the former India coach pointed out.
The former flamboyant middle order batsman laid the blame squarely on former South Africa opening batsman for the batting order muddle in the key match against England on Sunday.