Indian money ends cricket 'burn-out' whinges
Apr 15 2008 By Pat Murphy
Now that the brave new world of Twenty20 cricket Indian-style is promising lucrative nest-eggs for certain lucky cricketers, I notice that the issue of 'burn out' among them is no longer such a hot topic of conversation.
In recent years, you couldn't have a private chat with an international cricketer for more than five minutes without them telling you that they play too much cricket around the world, especially the one-day variety.
But with the Indian Premier League promising to make them very rich men, somehow they'll manage to get through the barriers of ennui and physical draining for the chance to fill their boots.
It was only last summer that Kevin Pietersen was bemoaning his lot, telling us how tired he was, trying to fit in all his commercial deals with the demands of a day job that expects a degree of commitment to be at certain places regularly to play international cricket. In other words, to do your job.
Now Pietersen is imploring his employers to re-jig the international calendar so that he can make a lot of moolah in India. One assumes he won't be too tired to give of his best if the ECB clear the way.
One certainty of professional cricket is that if you tell a player he looks tired and is playing too much, he'll believe you. It's best just to let them get on with enjoying a great game and getting paid for it, while counting their blessings.