Underfire for allowing its key players in the Indian Premier League after an injured Matthew Hayden was forced to return from the tour of the West Indies, Cricket Australia on Friday refused to admit the Twenty20 show was a reason for flaring up of the opener's achilles tendon.
Defending CA's decision to permit its cricketers to play in the IPL, its spokesman Peter Young said the risks of releasing players to the IPL were the same as the once-traditional pilgrimage to England every winter.
"Matthew has had achilles tendinitis for quite a long while and people are used to him packing it with ice," Young said.
"If he had stayed home cooling his heels, the medicos say there is still a chance that he could still have had exactly the same outcome," he was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun'.
The paper said "... This serious Achilles tendon -- a longtime issue -- flared while playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Hayden complained of the injury at the team's pre-tour camp earlier this month, but it's understood the problem is more the result of wear and tear than a sudden setback.
"Clearly, the four matches he played for Chennai, scoring 189 runs at 63 off 131 balls, were enough to do some damage and effectively stop the champion opening batsman from fulfilling his contractual obligations to his primary employer, CA," it added.