Kirsten supports rotation system

Indian coach Gary Kirsten on Tuesday made it clear that only a rotation system could deal with the increasing workload, particularly on bowlers.

updated: June 27, 2008 09:41 IST
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With the cramped international cricket calender becoming the norm, Indian coach Gary Kirsten on Tuesday made it clear that only a rotation system could deal with the increasing workload, particularly on bowlers.

"A system is needed to be created, I think it will be unfair to ask a player to rest, he'll then also be worried that someone else was coming in his place, so I think a proper rotation policy should be implemented," he explained.

"We have to be careful with the bowlers as there's lot of cricket at the moment and some of the guys have really played a lot this year.

"We need to be careful, we need to monitor guys to make sure their physical fitness is good, we certainly do not expect all the bowlers to play throughout the year, we would rest our players," he said.

India has already lost their top pace bowler S Sreesanth to a fitness problem as he had to pull out of the Asia Cup squad at the last moment and was replaced by the promising Manpreet Gony, who ironically came to the forefront in the Indian Premier League.

Kirsten said he would look to try out different combinations wherever the team can afford it.

"Players are fully aware that when you're representing your country every match is important and you guys (media people) know when we lose the game every one comes so hard on us... so we're working hard as we can to keep improving," he said.

Kirsten, who took over as coach after the unceremonious exit of Greg Chappell last year, said he was encouraging the players to play the game in new ways.

"I encourage players to come up with new ideas, new innovation, no shot making... so they keep trying to improve their game... and they keep on thinking how to play each batsman and each bowler," he added.

Indian and Sri Lankan skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mahela Jayawardena had also spoken about the increasing workload and demands on players in the international cricket calendar on Monday.

But they accepted that being professionals, cricketers were expected to cope with the workload and challenges of international cricket.

Jayawardene stressed on the fact that every form of the game had its own importance and it would be wrong to say Twenty20 will overshadow Test or one-day cricket in the near future.

Pakistan's Australian coach Geoff Lawson has also been working on a system to have a rotation policy for the bowlers because of the packed calendar.

But fitness and other issues have kept top bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif most of the time since last year and this has increased the workload on the younger bowlers like Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir.

Pakistani selectors have been working on giving more opportunities to younger bowlers who have done well on the domestic front in recent times. This has led to the discovery of some good pacers like Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz and spinners, Saeed Ajmal and Mansoor Amjad.