In the wake of Gautam Gambhir`s injury controversy, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram termed the itinerary chalked out by BCCI for Team India as "inhuman".
"At a time when the club versus country debate is doing the rounds, I wonder if the BCCI has planned its calendar keeping players` welfare in mind," Akram said.
"While I reiterate that IPL must have a separate window, top-line Indian cricketers are playing far too many competitive matches. The itinerary is simply inhuman and the effects are already showing," he added.
The BCCI is currently grappling with Gambhir`s injury issue, which has cast a shadow of doubt over the India opener`s availability for the West Indies series, and Akram felt the board would find itself in a sticky ground now.
"Gambhir`s shoulder injury will actually catch BCCI on a sticky wicket. Gambhir was playing in a BCCI-sanctioned tournament and was only honouring his commitment towards his franchise, who had bought him at a record price," said Akram, who is also the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling coach.
"I hear Gambhir was already injured during the World Cup. Therefore, it is up to a player to decide what is good and bad for him.”
"Gambhir`s Delhi-mate Virender Sehwag is another case. Sehwag is already out of the West Indies series and doubtful for the England tour, too. It`s a blessing in disguise that Delhi Daredevils did not go the full distance in the IPL! More matches would have only delayed Sehwag`s treatment," he added.