Get on and play, Gavaskar tells cricket burnouts

NEW DELHI, Apr. 18 (AFP) – Indian great Sunil Gavaskar scoffed Tuesday at suggestions excessive cricket was burning players out, saying the hard grind was part of the honour of representing one’s country. Gavaskar, who now heads the powerful cricket committee of the sport’s world governing body, said he was shocked at players complaining of the gruelling international schedule.

“I can’t see the problem, these players are turning out for their countries, it’s an honour to represent your country,” Gavaskar said on a television programme.

“I would be willing to sweat 365 days in a year for India. Those who can’t stand the heat should stay out.”

Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) president Tim May has mentioned the possibility of a players’ strike if the International Cricket Council (ICC) fails to change the cramped schedule.

May, a former Australian off-spinner, said his dealings with the ICC were bordering on a joke.

“We’re frustrated, we’re concerned, we’re disappointed the ICC and the member countries aren’t abiding by principles that are supposed to be abided by in the scheduling of tours,” May told Australia’s The Sun-Herald newspaper earlier this week.