Gary Kirsten blames IPL fatigue for India’s exit

Team India’s coach Gary Kirsten pointed fingers at the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for his team’s ouster from the World Twenty20, saying it had left the players tired.

“We had a bunch of cricketers who arrived quite tired. We have had a demanding schedule and we never got ourselves to the required intensity for the standard and quality of the international game, which is higher than IPL. We weren’t an energetic team,” said the Team India coach.

“The bottom line was the amount of cricket that was being played and the amount of niggles we had coming into the tournament,” added the South African.

However, IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was on a different tone. “It’s the part of the game, you can’t blame anything,” said Modi.

“It would have been any bilateral tournament and it was a coincidence that it was IPL,” added the IPL Commissioner.

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