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    May 30, 2008

    IPL - Injury Prone League?

    The news that Matthew Hayden will return home from Australia's on-going tour of the West Indies has Jon Pierik (Herald Sun) up in arms, since Hayden apparently aggravated his achilles tendon injury while playing in the Indian Premier League.

    However, Hayden is not the only player to miss out on international assignments because of an injury sustained or aggravated while playing in the IPL.

    Zaheer Khan's ankle injury, which ruled him out of the tour to Australia after just one test as well as the home series against South Africa, apparently resurfaced while playing in the IPL.

    Sachin Tendulkar didn't heed the recommendation by John Gloster that he take rest. He played the first test against South Africa and ended up missing the rest of the series as well as nearly half of his side's games in the IPL. Perhaps he was still unfit when he returned, since he didn't exactly fare too well, as is fairly obvious from the numbers: 188 runs from 7 innings at a strike rate of 106.

    Now, he will be missing two ODI series because of the injury.

    All this makes me wonder if talk about international cricket being more important than the IPL is hogwash. If that indeed were the case, players wouldn't be risking aggravating injuries when they had international commitments immediately after the IPL ended.

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    By Blogger Ganesh (02-Jun-2008, 1:07:00 PM)  

    What is the gurantee that they won't be injured while practising at home or playing at local matches ? When you are enrolled to play a form of game, you expect to do well. And unfortunately sometimes you get injured.

    How many times players have been injured during practise or during non international commitments ? Have we raised questions on them ?

    By Blogger Dragon (03-Jun-2008, 4:19:00 PM)  

    True, the risk of injury is always there. But players do get rested before international commitments to prevent injury. But in the case of the IPL, that situation didn't arise.

    The point is that Hayden, Zaheer & Tendulkar aggravated existing injuries, when they may have been better off resting. None of them actually had any new injury.

    By Blogger Jagadish (04-Jun-2008, 4:31:00 PM)  


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