Friday, January 30, 2009

Packed Cricket Schedules Increasing the Rate of Injuries among Cricketers

The ICC international calendar 2009 is packed with loads of cricket tournaments and series. No doubt, it would definitely increase the injury possibility among the cricketers. That is why, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has not allowed its centrally contracted players to take part in the Standard Bank Pro20 tournament for their respective franchises. CSA holds a control over the participation of the national team cricketers in the tournament. National team captain Graeme Smith and wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will not take part in the tournament due to their injuries. Pace bowlers, who are more likely to fall in injury due to bowling above a certain number of overs.

That is why, CSA ruled that the bowlers like Morné Morkel, Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn who played a big part during the Australia tour would only take part in the Standard Bank Pro20 tournament if their respective teams make it to the finals. Jacques Kallis will be allowed to take part only in the final, while AB de Villiers can play only the semi finals and the final matches of the tournament. Other national team players like Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Neil McKenzie, Johan Botha, Herschelle Gibbs and Albie Morkel can participate in the whole tournament. I think, this is good move taken by CSA in order to protect the national team players from injuries.

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