The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to investigate playersâ€™ workloads after criticism of its international schedule.
In a speech to the ICCâ€™s annual business forum at Lordâ€™s on Friday, the chief executive Malcolm Speed said the project was likely to compare player workloads in different eras as well as assessing injury trends.
â€œTwo words that concern some of our stakeholders are â€˜burnoutâ€™ and â€˜saturationâ€™,â€ he said. â€œThey are highly emotive words and they are too often used in the absence of facts and evidence. Many of the gameâ€™s top players are playing fewer cricket matches than their predecessors while international cricket is in greater public and commercial demand than ever,â€ he added.
Last month, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) said the cricketers might be forced to resort to performance-enhancing drugs because of the number of matches they were obliged to play.
Former Australia off spinner Tim May also criticised the ICCâ€™s Future Tours Programme (FTP), calling it a disaster because it put no upper limit on the amount of international cricket being played. â€œA lot has been written about this FTP, some of it critical and not all of it based on facts,â€ Speed said. â€œLet me say today that the FTP is fundamentally good for the gameâ€.
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