Abu Dhabi series is 'meaningless'
Calling the planned India-Australia-Pakistan ODIs as a money-making exercise, Australian Cricketers Association said it could lead to mass resting of players.india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 14:24 IST
Calling the planned India-Australia-Pakistan tri-series in Abu Dhabi a "money making exercise", Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) President Paul Marsh has advised the country's board against planning any such event ahead of the Champions Trophy in future.
"Coming off a good break, we probably need something heading into the Champions Trophy this year. But we see a series such as this as fitting under that 'meaningless tournament' bracket," Mash was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald as saying.
"Going into the future, why would they need to be playing it other than as a money-making exercise?" he questioned.
Marsh said Ashes would remain the top priority for the players no matter what Cricket Australia said but added that the Players' Association was also against the mass resting of players.
"It is a shame that players have to miss games for Australia because the schedule is too heavy. But if they are saying they need to be missing these games leading into the Ashes, then Cricket Australia needs to listen to them. If you ask any player, the Ashes would be a higher priority than the Champions Trophy and those other events," he said.
The ACA chief said it would be better to review international scheduling instead of resting players.
"We don't believe that resting players is the long-term answer here," he said adding, "We believe in reducing the number of games and putting adequate space between games."
The planned tri-series, likely to be held in September-October before Champions Trophy is still being worked out and the dates are yet to be finalised for the proposed tournament.