Kirsten in favour of rotation policy for Team India

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Lahore, Jun 25 (UNI) Team India coach Gary Kirsten is in favour of a rotation policy to keep players fresh amid a hectic and demanding international calendar.

''I am very much in favour of a rotation policy to keep the players fresh and we need to have a pool of around 20 players,'' Kirsten was quoted as saying by 'The News'.

''We have got to rest players and we have got to rotate. Test match cricket is tough with bowlers bowling around 25 overs a day in three to four Tests and it is tough. So we need to rotate players,'' he added.

The 40-year-old Kirsten, who took over as India coach in March, said a system needs to be created which allows a player adequate time to recover from injuries without putting his place in the squad in jeopardy.

''The system needs to create that and it is unfair to ask the player himself to be rested and he is also worried that if his replacement does well then he will lose his place,'' he said.

''So we need a rotation system in which if we rest a bowler, and his replacement does well, he still remains the number one bowler and gets his place back.'' India, who were runners-up at the Asia Cup in 2004, are missing several key players in this year's edition with Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth ruled out due to injuries.

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