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Too much cricket killing pacers: Waugh

The former Aussie captain has warned ICC that hectic schedule has begun to affect the quality of fast bowling and that it is the reason behind the fall of overall standard of the game.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 21:08 IST

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has warned cricket's administrators that the hectic international schedule has begun to affect the quality of fast bowling and that in turn "adversely" affected the overall standard of the game.

"The bowling stock has dropped off the past couple of years because the guys are tired. They're the ones who are going to be adversely affected, especially through physical fatigue," Waugh said.

"When the quality of the bowling drops off, you'll see these big scores and you get games that are not that great to watch.

"So they've got to be careful that they don't overdo it."

Waugh said that the players had the pride of playing for the country and the incentive of more money, but the authorities needed guard against burn out cases.

"You've got to get some balance there. You've got to realise you're playing for your country and earning good money," Waugh was quoted as saying in Guardian.

"However, the authorities have got to realise that if they keep such a heavy schedule, in the end the quality of the cricket will suffer, particularly among the quick bowlers."

The world's leading wicket-takers at the moment are slow bowlers Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan whereas three years ago the chart featured at the top West Indian seamer Courtney Walsh, and before him India's Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee of New Zealand.

Waugh said rotation policy, especially in the one-dayers, could be one solution to the malady.

"One-day cricket being the more commercial aspect of the game, so I think you can rotate," he said.