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Strategy break triggers heated debate

Seven-and-half minutes strategy breaks in each innings played in the ongoing IPL has generated heated controversy with players and coaches saying it is a distraction and affects the flow of the match.

cricket Updated: Apr 20, 2009 20:08 IST

The so-called 'strategy breaks' lasting seven-and-half minutes in each innings played in the ongoing IPL has generated heated controversy with players and coaches saying it is a distraction and affects the flow of the match.

"Yes, we have done well in our last match but I think the strategy breaks are hampering the momentum of a team," Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar said.

"The seven-and-half minute breaks are a bit too long," he observed.
Former player and ex-selector VB Chandrasekar, who heads Chennai Super Kings' cricket operations, is also far from amused with the break.

"The 7-1/2 minute break after 10 overs is quite a distraction and comes in the way of valuable momentum..." Chandrasekar said.

Even though IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has been insisting that the break was introduced to allow teams to strategise, most believe the innovation was aimed at providing the broadcaster extra slots for commercials.

Modi's argument was that since the teams wasted lot of time strategising, most of the matches in IPL's inaugural edition stretched beyond schedule. So, Modi argued, introducing the breaks would allow them to complete their strategising in the scheduled time and get on with the match.