The need for a window in the ICC calendar for the IPL has been raised by several international cricketers before. On Friday now-retired Australian spin wizard Shane Warne also batted for the same, saying the tournament helps breaks down barriers in world cricket which lessens instances of sledging in international matches.
Warne retired from all forms of competitive cricket on Friday after leading IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.
The RR skipper-coach said, “I look at the IPL with fun and with the wish that the ICC, would say no international cricket for six weeks and every cricketer is available to play. That will help in breaking down barriers in world cricket about sledging and all those sorts of things and everyone is friends.”" said Warne who played his last competitive game last night, leading his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.
Earlier former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara and Sri Lankan team’s coach Stuart Law had also come out in support of an international window for IPL since they felt it would solve the players' dilemma of having to choose between fulfilling their contractual obligations with the franchises and playing for their country.