There have been reports that some senior players, including former India captain Virat Kohli, have requested the BCCI to drop them from the five-match T20I series against West Indies starting later this month.
While Kohli is not part of the three-match ODI series of the tour, reports have suggested that he may also want to rest for the T20I series starting July 29.
Questioning the alleged demand to drop some senior players from the T20I series, Gavaskar told SportsTalk that he does not agree with it.
“I don’t agree with that. You won’t take rest during IPL and then you take rest from playing for India. I don’t agree with this logic. You have to play for India… don’t talk about rest or Whatever. T20I is a matter of 20 overs and it doesn’t affect your body,” Gavaskar said.
“In Test cricket, your body and mind beats, but in T20 matches, it’s 20 overs of batting and 20 overs of fielding, so there is no problem. Indian cricket board should rethink its policy On the players’ demand for rest, Gavaskar said.
“Every A-grade or A+ grade players get a huge retainer fee from BCCI. Apart from the contract, the players get paid heavily for playing matches. Tell me, which company or corporate is its chief executive officers, directors or Will pay the managing directors for such pay. Extended vacation time. Is there any company that pays so much salary for not working?” Gavaskar inquired.
Gavaskar felt that if Indian cricket is to become more professional, it has to draw a line somewhere.
“If Indian cricket has to become a professional they have to draw a line, that is, if you want rest, your guarantee has to be reduced.
Gavaskar said, “How can they say that they will not play for the Indian cricket team? Sitting at home, you will not be able to score runs or take wickets, so it is better to go out and score some runs and take wickets.”
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