Overloaded Cricketers and Cricket Impasses

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Overloaded Cricketers and Cricket Impasses
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Lately, Hasim Amla resigned as the Test Captain of the South Africa Team. The reason cited by the player was: He needed to concentrate as a batsman. It is not a matter of further contemplation what the player achieved as a batsman after he stepped down as the Captain, but what needs to be contemplated at the first place is his reason to step- down. The decision taken by the batsman clearly indicated the effect of the possible 'work pressure' on his job as a captain, which in return had an adverse repercussion on his performance as a batsman. If this argument is valid, the issue is certainly a dubious one for the cricket community.

Following the trail, the baton of Test Captainship was handed over to AB de Villiers. However, on the flipside, de Villiers has been consistently raising a red flag on his 'overloaded' involvement with cricket. The 31 years old player is the Skipper and well as the top batsman for the team and he has been playing cricket in all formats. He strongly indicating that he might retire from the game, at least from one of its formats. Indian Skipper MS Dhoni is another cricketer who has retired form Test Cricket before time. The performance of the all-rounder, who was one of the top strikers in India, seems already bothered by his role as a captain as his performance as a batsmen has been on an ebb consistently. It is a point to ponder that Dhoni would have performed as a better batsmen if someone else were to lead the team.

Overloaded players can emerged as soft spots for teams. Even through there are players like Australian skipper Steve Smith who has been carrying out multiple roles successfully, it cannot be expected from every cricketer. Although for cricketers, playing is the profession, it would be too much to expect round the year games from them without any breaks. Cricket is a game that involves physical strain and players need considerable rest and rejuvenation to keep up with their performance. There are players who partake at Class A matches without breaks for months.

Moreover, cricket has changed a lot since the early years where players were not accused of being lousy, even if they could not hit the ball tight or take wickets throughout the innings. In present times, cricket has become a game that needs shots and smashing hits and especially, batsmen are rated by viewers by their run rate. This makes cricketers to restrain themselves from playing if they somehow comprehend their paucity to be at par with new upcoming players. Against this backdrop, overloading senior players with multiple roles is quite devastating.

A possible solution to this enigma is limiting players from participating from games. This seems a harsh measure that could erupt violent debates. But, it has several advantages that will solve multiple issues in cricket. By limiting players to participate in specific format of the game, it would offer them adequate time to concentrate on their approach to excel. As players will be limited to specific formats, more matches can be scheduled across the globe for different formats of the game. It would expose more players to international cricket and class one matches upbringing new cricketers. Furthermore, it would increase the bulk of cricket viewers, bringing the prospect of earning and business for the game and thus the players.

Any sport is meant to be an entertainment for spectators and more for the sports person. If the sportsman itself cannot enjoy the game, the sport would naturally turn dull. Similarly, although cricket has grown to be a profession for cricketers, turning it to be an overload for players would kill the spirit of the game. Hence, the community should act intuitively to solve the genuine concern that has troubled top players who has been the center of attraction of the game.

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