IPL hurt India: Miandad

IPL hurt India: Miandad

IPL hurt India: Miandad

Javed Miandad

“I just get the feeling that lame excuses are being given to protect the IPL. People are saying that players from other teams also took part in the IPL but are doing well in the World Cup. They forget that the IPL was an Indian event,” Miandad said.

“Anyone who says that is joking because nothing can replace the intensity or pressure of representing your country,” Miandad added.

The former captain, who is now the Director General of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said focus on the IPL had also diverted the attention of the Indian players from World Cup preparation.

Miandad, a veteran of 124 Tests and member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning team, who had plenty of coaching experience with the national team said that playing in the IPL was not the ideal way for the Indian players to prepare for the World Cup. “You can’t compare the IPL and World Cup. They are different things. I don’t think there was much at stake in the IPL for the players except maybe some extra money.

“So the competition was never intense in the League but when you go and play for your national team in a World Cup the pressure and intensity of competition is different and I don’t think Indian players were prepared to handle that pressure,” he said.

Miandad pointed out that it was no coincidence that India won the first T20 World Cup when the IPL was not launched but since then have fared badly in two successive editions.