Kumble with Dhoni on tough schedule

Kumble with Dhoni on tough scheduleIndian Test captain Anil Kumble endorsed his ODI counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s view that back-to-back matches are taking a toll on the players’ bodies.

“It’s never easy to play back-to-back One-day games,” Kumble told reporters when his reaction was sought on Dhoni’s comments. “I have done that in my (One-day) career. It’s quite tough and demanding on the players”, he said on the last day of a week-long camp here for Test specialists as part of the preparations for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour.

Dhoni on Saturday lambasted the grueling Asia Cup schedule after his side swamped Bangladesh by seven wickets to record their third successive win in the competition in Karachi.

Dhoni had said: “We have spent 36 hours playing cricket out of the 84 hours we have been in Karachi. It is too tight. I am not happy with the schedule. Two teams have to play back to back matches while two have got a day off”.

He also said that his players were tired after the matches. “It was tough out there for us”.

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