Bangalore: Making a strong pitch for a window for the Indian Premier League, Rahul Dravid has said such an eventuality would ensure that the best players would be available to play Test cricket for their countries.
Dravid is in London for the MCC's Cricket Committee meetings, and spoke to the BBC's Test Match Special on Thursday, August 16, the first day of the third Test between England and South Africa at Lord's. "The reality is the IPL is an important tournament and people do want to play it. And we are probably coming to a stage where maybe a time will come when there will need to be give-and-take, whether it is finding a window, or whether making the tournament a little shorter."
England are without Kevin Pietersen for the third Test, which will decide whether they retain the No. 1 Test ranking or cede it to South Africa. Pietersen's fallout with the England and Wales Cricket Board as well as his English team-mates has been attributed in many quarters to his attraction to the IPL after he said a few months back that England were jealous of the IPL.