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‘IPL shouldn’t discount retired players’

The IPL should not discount the contribution that retired cricketers can make to the Twenty20 tournament, former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels said.

cricket Updated: May 18, 2009 01:27 IST

The IPL should not discount the contribution that retired cricketers can make to the Twenty20 tournament, former South Africa captain Kepler Wessels said on Sunday.

Wessels wrote in his column in the weekly Sunday Times: “Although I agree that the IPL should always give preference to active international stars, they should not discount retired players.” The management of the IPL have previously stated that their league is not a “retirement haven”, regarding the involvement of current international players as being critical to maintaining high standards in the game.

“Players who are physically in top shape, mentally determined to make a contribution on the field and pass on their experience will be an asset to any team,” Wessels said.