Sydney, Jan 17(ANI): Former Australia national selector Jamie Cox has claimed the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) is the major reason behind the dubious rotation policy, adding that the players are choosing to play Twenty20 cricket during their rest time.
Cox said if players want to rest they have six weeks to do so instead of playing during the IPL in April-May, the Herald Sun reports.
Cox is well placed to address the rumpus that has erupted over Cricket Australia’s (CA) so-called player management policy that has sparked the ire of greats including Shane Warne, Allan Border, Ian Chappell and Brett Lee.
Cox said Australian players need to choose between quick bucks and national interest, adding some players like Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke, and Ricky Ponting have made the sacrifice by rejecting IPL contracts in the national interest.
Australia’s squad rotation of fast bowlers, particularly Mitchell Starc, in once sacrosanct Test matches and resting of star trio David Warner, Clarke and Matthew Wade from the opening one-day games against Sri Lanka has focused scrutiny on player workloads.
Opener Warner was rested in Melbourne and Adelaide games against Sri Lanka but the left-hander is routinely available to play in the IPL or Champions League for Delhi Daredevils.
This adds weight to criticism from former players including Warne who branded the rotation policy mind-boggling. (ANI)