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MSD differs on player rotation

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2010 00:15 IST
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South Africa may have decided to rotate players as part of their preparation for the World Cup, but MS Dhoni said they couldn’t tread the same path. “The problem with us is that we are expected to win every game and are forced to play our best XI all the time. It becomes tough to conserve players for the future,” he said here on Tuesday.

The skipper feared that given the amount of cricket, it might be a month before the World Cup that India would be able to identify the players for the event.

“We have a jam-packed schedule and every fourth day we have some injury cropping up. We will need to check the injury status of players a month before the event and then decide,” he said.

Dhoni admitted that they needed to rotate players. “We need to have a bigger pool, we just can’t stick to a group of 15 players. We might be going well but suddenly we may find our key fast bowlers injured before the World Cup.”

South Africa, however, are firm on their policy. Coach Corrie van Zyl asserted that he would continue with the rotation policy irrespective of results. “I want to see what these guys in the squad are capable of in these conditions. Whether we are winning or losing, that’s not going to change. Obviously, we are going to try and get the best combination suited for the match but we are going to take into consideration that we want to see everybody in these conditions.”