Verdict: Players should get to decide what format they play
The most recent debate on whether 'Players be allowed to pick and choose formats to prioritize' drew a lot interesting perspectives. While Shruti chose to defend the topic by saying players risked burn out by playing all formats, Ushma was technical with her outlook and chose to attack. She was of the opinion that the long term planning of a team would be affected if players were allowed to pick and choose.
Most participants of the debate favoured the view that players should be allowed to choose formats to prioritize. Shruti put forth another important point when she spoke about how touring and playing takes a heavy toll on players mentally and physically and so it was reasonable for at least senior members of the team to choose the formats they wished to play in.
Clifford Adam, who supported Shruti's views, highlighted the fact that there is no dearth in the talent pool and a departing cricketer can easily be replaced by fresh blood.
Ushma, who was opinion that the resources of the respective boards are wasted when players are given liberty to choose formats, did not have the numbers backing her. But a strong defense to her point came from Sree Harsha Reddy who was right in saying that players look to excel in every format but don’t and hence the board should take the call instead of the players.
In all, another great debate on RCB where the fans lucidly expressed their opinions. Monish Moorty's verdict showed the intensity of the debated topic. He summed it up by saying, “This is a really tough call. Responsibility of avoiding burn out lies primarily with cricket boards but if they insist on cramming the calendar then players have to take the hard decision. In the end, players must decide if they are comfortable and prepared enough to play in different series. The choice of format however should remain with selectors who judge player skill sets.”
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