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Sehwag fears early retirements

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NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi would prefer hosting the Twenty20 entertainment twice a year. But Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag has a word of caution.

“If we have it twice a year, it would lead to some early retirements and that would not be good for the game overall,” said Sehwag during an interaction with the media here on Tuesday.

Modi had recently remarked that the first three edition of the IPL would be an annual affair but wanted it to be held twice a year, in May and September.

Top priority

Admitting that the IPL has attracted huge crowds at all the venues, Sehwag also reminded the authorities that it was international cricket that matters more as far as cricket lovers were concerned. “The authorities should think once more because the international schedule is so packed that two IPL tournaments in one year would not be a good idea. It is a fact that people still want to see more cricket between nations. I doubt if the authorities can squeeze out four months in a year for IPL.”

Sehwag, however, said the IPL could not be ignored and there was room for youngsters to make a mark and qualify for national selection. “Performance in IPL should count. Everyone is watching IPL. I have been getting messages from Pakistan, England and even West Indies. I think selectors should take consider IPL performances when they select the Indian team.”

Sehwag pointed out the performances of Shikhar Dhawan, Pradeep Sangwan and V. Yomahesh apart from many others. He advocated a rotation policy keeping in mind the long schedule ahead for the Indian team.

Lucky no doubt

On Daredevils making it to the semifinals of the IPL, Sehwag observed, “We have been lucky no doubt. In the beginning we had lost some close matches but luck favoured us when it really mattered. It now depends on who plays well on the day because all teams are equal. In our team, we don’t depend on one individual. It really has been a collective performance.”

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