The priority of the players for the country as compared to their respective clubs in cricket

The old debate of the priority of the clubs with respect to the country for the players has once again started with fresh controversy involving Gautam Gambhir and the shoulder injury which was aggravated during the IPL. The self proclaimed experts have been going all out against the board and the players as if they have fixed a match.

The never ending controversies

Like every year and each edition of the IPL, even this edition had controversies and things out of the ground being talked about more than the cricket being played out in the middle. There were fair share of controversies ranging from dropping interest in the games to the spat between Shane Warne and a Rajasthan cricket official. But the news which captured the interest of many people was the injury to Gautam Gambhir and his subsequent expulsion from the tour of West Indies. This has once again opened up the debate of the club v/s country and who is responsible for such a situation.

The pressure on the players

The situation becomes a lot more interesting because you cannot blame a single party completely because the situation is a lot more complex than what appears at the surface. The stakes involved in a tournament of such a grand magnitude are so high that it becomes very difficult for a player to voluntarily opt out of the competition, especially when you have been signed up at a record price by a high profile team.

Irresponsible role of the media

So as soon as the news broke out, the news channels got the fodder they were craving for from the entire season, after all they were terribly tired of praising the team since their victory in the world cup. The frustrated experts started hammering Gambhir as if the 11 crores he was paid went from their own pockets, some saying that he give his club more priority than the country while some lauded Gambhir for showing some sense of professionalism.

Need for a better schedule

One thing clearly coming out of this controversy is the fact that there is an urgent need to restructure the international calender if the board wants IPL and international cricket to co-exist because you cant blame a player for earning some handsome amount of money. Also, the media should show some respect and sense of responsibility when it pulls out its hammers and knives to cut away the reputation of players who have done so much for the country.

Hope for the better

Being an optimist, I would like to believe that this entire fiasco would give the senior players some much deserved rest and the youngsters a chance to prove themselves against a depleted West Indies team. The quality of the Indian team is still very high even without its star players to overpower the not so fancy Windies side.

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