Former India captain Kapil Dev says its okay for players take a break to cope with packed international calendar

Kapil Dev has said professional cricketers of the current generation need to cope up with the tight schedules of international cricket and they can take a break if they don't want to play.

PTI, Nov 21, 2017 14:55:58 IST

Hyderabad: Veteran cricketer Kapil Dev has said professional cricketers of the current generation need to cope up with the tight schedules of international cricket and they can take a break if they don't want to play.

"They (cricketers) can take a break, if they don't want to play... they are professionals. If you (journalists) are a professional, (and if) you cannot write an article, somebody else will write. If you are not professional, you are doing for enjoyment and your passion, then it's different," he said.

File photo of Kapil Dev. AFP

File photo of Kapil Dev. AFP

"I think today's game is (a) profession and a professional can always say, 'I don't want to play, 'I can play'," Kapil, who was in Hyderabad last week for an event, told PTI.

He, however, said he would not like to be judgemental on the topic if a cricketer feels that there is too much cricket.

"If cricketers (are) saying there (is) too much cricket, must be. I don't know. I am not with them. I cannot really make any judgement on their behalf," he said.

Praising the current Indian team, Kapil, who led the Indian team to victory in 1983 World Cup, said the national sides have been doing a great job in the last 10-15 years.

"I think they are wonderful. They are a great team at the moment. Last 10-15 years, the Indian team has done really well," he said.

Updated Date: Nov 21, 2017 14:55:58 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254