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Kumar questions priorities

Kumar questions priorities

SRI Lanka stalwart Kumar Sangakkara has lampooned players taking tri-series sabbaticals then making a beeline for lucrative India Premier League pastures.

India rested Mumbai legend Sachin Tendulkar in Sunday's nail-biting, four-wicket win against Australia. Chennai and Australian veteran Mike Hussey watched Michael Clarke's men lose on Sunday night in Adelaide from the west.

Australia has also flirted with its tactics - sidelining keeper Brad Haddin but demoting inform replacement Matthew Wade to No.6 in Twenty20 and 50-over losses to India.

"Player, spectators and teams want the best players on the park at all times," said qualified lawyer Sangakkara, arguably among cricket's most articulate and credible voices backed by 9347 Test runs at 55.97 in 106 Tests.

"It is a really tough question to answer as if you do say there is too much cricket then the next question is why don't you take some time off in the IPL?

"It is quite a tough one for a player to explain all of that."

Of course, the tri-series is being held in part to generate television revenue from the lucrative subcontinent market.

"I think in scheduling it is important to get the context right so you have players all understand what the particular series is about and not just adhoc tours to earn the extra dollars for a board," said 34-year-old Sangakkara, who has headlined a dozen Sri Lanka one-day leaders churned in the past decade.

However, Sangakkara is wary of a freshened maestro Tendulkar bagging an elusive 100th hundred against an attack less fearsome than Australia's and on an Adelaide surface that replicates subcontinent conditions.

"Great players are great players for a reason," noted Sangakkara ahead of today's one-day clash against India in Adelaide.

Sangakkara believes Australia - expected to be deprived of skipper Michael Clarke until the tournament finals with a hamstring strain - and inconsistent India are ripe for the picking with Sri Lanka a more settled ensemble under the stewardship of 128-Test and 361-game one-day batsman Mahela Jayawardene.

"I think we have evolved a lot but you have got to win a minimum of four games really to have any chance of qualifying for the finals," said Sangakkara, lamenting a five-run loss to Australia in Perth last week that kept it winless from two outings.

"So we had better start winning soon ... we should have been one-up by now and it's unfortunate that we aren't.



Posted on 2012-02-13 19:19:28
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