ICC not keen to see star Ind players missing WI tour

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2011, 23:35 PM IST

New Delhi: The ICC said it would not be proper if all the Indian star cricketers skip the West Indies tour to take rest from a hectic schedule.

Media reports have said that players such as Sachin Tendulkar, skipper M S Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir may be rested.

Senior players have already written to the the BCCI to allow them to skip the West Indies tour, involving three Tests and five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 game.

The players have been playing continuously for the two- and-a-half-months.

There was just six days gap between the World Cup and the IPL and immediately after the conclusion of the Twenty20 league on May 28, the West Indies tour is scheduled to start on June 4.

Players are keen to take rest but the ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said it won`t be good for the West Indies.

"I think it affects the brand of cricket. Everybody wants to see full strength side. Same applies to the IPL and any of the FTP commitments. Because of the volume of cricket, every individual player has to be managed.

Lorgat also made it clear that the governing body of the game is not keen to create a window for the IPL in its Future Tour Programme.

"It`s bit more complex situation and IPL is something which needs to be looked into quite clearly. The ICC`s FTP Programme does not cater to the domestic fixtures, that`s the root of the issue," Lorgat said.

The ICC CEO feared that other cricket boards may also ask for a similar favour, if a window is granted to IPL.

"The BCCI does not require it or I will say have not requested the ICC for an IPL window. What we do not want is to engage in creating a window for a domestic league for one member nation.

"We do not want to face the situation where other members want the same window for their domestic tournament. How do you then cater to other members," he asked.

PTI