Players' choice to play for country or club: Kapil Dev

Published: May 30, 2011, 09:21 IST | IANS

Cricket legend Kapil Dev yesterday said that it was entirely up to the cricketers to decide whether they want to play for their country or their club

Cricket legend Kapil Dev yesterday said that it was entirely up to the cricketers to decide whether they want to play for their country or their club.

Dev was replying to a query on if the current cricketers preferred club over country.

"Things change as time goes by. I feel everybody has the right to choose what ever they like. I loved to play for my country. Things have changed, life has changed. You cannot control anybody's life. Whatever anybody wants to do he should be allowed to do," said India's first World Cup winning captain on the sidelines of a promotional event here.

Top Indian stars like Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag will be missing the West Indies tour due to injury or fatigue which had stoked a belief that the cricketers have started to prefer playing in the cash rich IPL over playing for the national team.

"I really don't know. For some it's too less cricket while for some it's too much cricket. It is up to the organisers to decide what amount of cricket is decent. In my time we used to play for six -seven months but now they play almost all the year round." Kapil said on if there was too much cricket being played these days.

When asked to compare his 1983 World Cup winning team with that of the current world champs lead by M.S. Dhoni, Dev said: "I feel proud. Like a big brother or parents I am very proud of the current team. This team is far better than ours was. It has world class players in every department."

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