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TA Sekar censures Kirsten for blaming IPL

Team India's unceremonious exit from the Twenty20 World Cup has nothing to do with the IPL and coach Gary Kirsten is only passing the buck by blaming the cash-awash tournament for their failure, feels former pacer T A Sekar.

cricket Updated: Jun 18, 2009 19:16 IST

Team India's unceremonious exit from the Twenty20 World Cup has nothing to do with the IPL and coach Gary Kirsten is only passing the buck by blaming the cash-awash tournament for their failure, feels former pacer T A Sekar.

"I think Kirsten has been witnessing the success of the Indian team for some time and was not able to take the loss in the right spirits and shifting the blame on the IPL," said Sekar, who is among the support staff of the Delhi Daredevils.

"Almost all international players of repute have gone on record by saying IPL was the right platform to prepare for the Twenty20 World Cup," he said.

Kirsten, in contrast to India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comment that fatigue was not the culprit behind their disappointing show, blamed the cricketers' IPL stint for the debacle.

Accusing Kirsten for "shifting the gear" after India's failed title defence, the 53-year-old former Tamil Nadu bowler said the South African should have spoken about the fatigue factor prior to the World Cup.

"I strongly feel that Kirsten is only finding scapegoats or flimsy reasons to blame others and giving unacceptable reasons for India's exit."