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Back-to-back matches very taxing: Lara

He welcomed the WI cricket board's decision to induce a day's break between games.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 22:09 IST

Back-to-back matches were taking a toll on his ageing body, says West Indies batting legend Brian Lara while welcoming the decision to accommodate a day's break between the five one-day games against India.

"I'm going to be biased. I'm 37 years old. Back-to-back matches are definitely too taxing," the 37-year-old batting genius said.

"I played a lot of them in the past but now it's tough playing on Saturday and Sunday," he said.

The skipper's comments came in the wake of the decision of the West Indies Cricket Board to change the earlier schedule to avoid back-to-back games.

The series originally included back-to-back weekend games at the Sabina Park and Queen's Park Oval but the schedule was altered after a request by India request and a day's break was added. The Trinidad leg of the series has also been rescheduled on Friday and Sunday.

Lara admitted that such games generated good revenue but said there were better ways to do that.

"Most of our revenue is from gate receipts. We need a weekend to play that sort of cricket to get the crowds out," Lara said.

"But now television plays a big part and people can afford to play games if the stadiums are not full because the television rights and that sort of money is greater than anything else," he asserted.

First Published: May 27, 2006 10:38 IST