Players have no right to complain: ICC
The ICC hit out at players complaining about a tight int'l calendar and blamed them for jumping on lucrative offers.india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 20:08 IST
The ICC on Saturday hit out at players complaining about a tight international calendar and blamed them instead for jumping on lucrative offers in their off season.
"Players have to realise it is a two-way street. They cannot, on the one hand, complain of playing too much and then turn round and head off for a lucrative spell of English county cricket when there is a break in the schedule," ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed wrote in an article in 'Cricinfo' magazine.
The ICC Chief Executive also said there were cricketers who actually wanted to play more while also suggesting that it was a win-win situation for most of them.
"They are engaged in their career of choice. They are doing something that the vast majority of people that watch them in action can only dream of, and they are well-paid too. The current crop of international stars are better rewarded for their efforts than any of their predecessors," the Australian said.
Describing the criticism of the international cricket calendar as "quite simply ill-informed and wrong," he said the itineraries were finalised after consultations with the captains and player representatives.
"Avoiding that cycle of problems was one reason why the ICC recently introduced its new six-year Future Tours Programme (FTP) to replace the existing five year schedule," Speed explained.
He said the fixtures had been decided after discussions with the cricketers.
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting hit out at the scheduling of tours after his team had to rush for a Test series in Bangladesh which allowed them a gap of only four days after an intense three-Test rubber in South Africa.
Ponting's deputy Adam Gilchrist also described the scheduling as "ridiculous."
Speed outlined that the FTP ensured that no team should play more than 15 Test matches and 30 ODIs in a 12-month period, although he added that "teams rarely come close to this limit".
But he admitted that the strain of travelling and playing was clear for all to see and he put a part of the blame on individual boards for some of the scheduling which, he said, was outside the ICC's control.
"There is a reliance on members to be responsible in scheduling additional commitments above and beyond those required by the FTP - two Tests and three ODIs home and away against each other during the six-year period.
"The ICC recognises the need for members to look to maximise their revenue in order to grow the game ... But, at the same time, they have to be mindful that the players are their prime assets and overworking them would benefit no one in the long run," Speed added.