Andrew Strauss to talk tough with KP, ECB on IPL participation

England captain Andrew Strauss is worried Kevin Pietersen and other star players will suffer injury or burnout, and could undermine their Test careers if they insist on participating in lucrative Twenty20 events.

Strauss and head coach Andy Flower will urge England managing director Hugh Morris to adopt a hard line over players appearing in the Indian Premier League and Champions League in future.

“It’s a big debate, both myself and the ECB will be very involved. No decisions will be made lightly. We want the strongest-possible England team. For that to happen, players must be fit. The way players are managed is crucial,” The Sun quoted Strauss, as saying.

“You can’t stop players playing in these events on the basis they might get injured. But, at the same time, we have to manage workloads,” he added.

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