|Why the ICC must act to prevent burnout
Posted: 08 Jun 2018 12:34 PM
|Despite the easing out of the FTP requirements from a five-year cycle to a six-year cycle, and no matter what "smoke and mirror" spin-doctoring that the ICC employs, the raw and indisputable fact is that the new FTP contains more cricket in the six-year period than in any six-year period in the game's history [url=http://usasmokingsale.com]Cheap Cigarettes For Sale Online[/url].
So much for the saturation point!
A more detailed analysis of the FTP will demonstrate even further concern for player workloads [url=http://smokingsaleusa.com]Duty Free Marlboro Cigarettes[/url]. The lengths of tours scheduled in the FTP make it difficult - and in some circumstances impossible - for the required number matches to played in accordance with principles established by the ICC.
Indeed, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board spoke publicly of his concerns, Ehsan Mani, the ICC's president, warned countries of scheduling even more cricket, and the ECB continues to flag resting vital players during one of ICC's premier competitions, the 2006 Champions Trophy.
This is hardly support of the FTP and, in particular, the issue of player workload.
Still the ICC in a recent media release maintained: "The FTP was put together on the basis of guidelines supported by the ICC Cricket Committee, players at the captains' meeting and by player representatives [url=http://cigarettessupermarket.com]Newport Cigarettes For Sale[/url], including FICA."
A limit of 15 Tests and 30 ODIs per calendar year, per country (meaning no more than 15 Tests in any calendar year and/or no more than 30 ODI's in any calendar year)
A minimum break of six weeks per calendar year divided into two periods of a minimum of three weeks
Ten-day breaks between overseas tours
Back-to-back ODIs should be avoided and there should be at least a two-day break between matches
At least three days between Test Matches [url=http://usacigarettesshop.com]Cheapest Marlboro Cigarettes[/url], save for the Christmas/New Year Tests and in exceptional circumstances
The recently-released FTP contains numerous breaches of the above guidelines - yet the ICC continues to maintain that the Program supports the above principles.
The scary part of the FTP [url=http://cigarettesss.com]Cigarettes Online Free Shipping[/url], as crammed as it is, is that it does not provide any mechanism to prohibit a country from scheduling any number of matches in addition to the released FTP. The ICC are completely powerless to stop countries from agreeing to further series.
Countries continue to contemplate even more tours, and attempt to mitigate the impact on players by informing players that they can rest and the boards will employ rotational policies.
In the interests of the players, in the interests of all those who played before them and don't want the value of being selected for your country to be devalued, and in the interests of the spectators who want to see the best at their best - this must stop.
It is high time that the ICC is empowered to protect the game from the self greed and top-line-driven policies that now abound the cricket landscape. Only then will cricket be able to protect the value of the game, protect the value of an international cap and allow its present stars to prepare and participate in matches to the best of their ability.
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