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IPL will produce butchers not classic cricketers: Ranatunga

Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:57
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IPL will produce butchers not classic cricketers: RanatungaDubai: Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has criticized the Indian cricket board for harming the game through the Indian Premier League as it will now produce butchers, instead of better Test players.

Ranatunga, who is in Dubai to give away the Shyam Bhatia annual cricket awards, blamed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the game heading towards disaster in India.

“They won the World Cup, but look at the way they are playing Test cricket. They are losing to most of the countries and don``t produce any more Gavaskars, Vengsarkars or Viswanaths, Tendulkars, Dravids and Laxmans. I am talking about classical cricketers,” Ranatunga said.


“They will now produce butchers because of the IPL. Most countries are now being controlled by the Indian Cricket Board because they are the kingpin and have all the money,” he said.

“In the International Cricket Council (ICC), when India says something, all the others keep their mouths shut because they are dependent on Indian money. The ICC board officials are there to get money for their country rather than to promote and protect the game properly,” Ranatunga added.

Commenting on the fallout of the IPL on the game, he said cricketers now prefer to play IPL rather than for their country.

“Malinga has retired from Test cricket because he wants to play in the IPL and our board did nothing. You cannot pick and choose. The IPL is entertainment for a public who does not understand the game. People who understand this lovely game will never get into the shorter version,” he said.


ANI

First Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:57


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avinash - hyderabad
in that case srilanka premier league also produce butchers
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avinash - hyderabad
in that case srilanka premier league also produce butchers
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Sri - Pune
Well Said. Really IPL is not for the game, it is just for money. When India loose the intl. match then the feeling of players is casual, but for IPL its serious. Playing for nation is pride than getting money in IPL.
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santosh - chennai
i agree with you Mr.Ranatunga many players chose ipl rather than national commitments. West Indies Australian is going on but here we have gayle,pollard,bravo,cooper,samuels and the windies struggling there what their cricket board is doing .its totally unfair . a player cant prove his worth in shorter version. test match is the mother of cricket . only in a test match a player can prove himself.
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Raghuram - Mumbai
Ranatunga sir is correct...Many cricketers play Test cricket like T20....later forget the logic of Test cricket
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