Fatigue, injuries hampered India: Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon plans to quit all cricket after the Champions League Twenty20 in India Getty Images

S Janakiram

Hyderabad: Sep 18, 2011

Injuries and a taxing cricket schedule were the reasons for India’s poor performance during the recently-concluded England tour, during which the team failed to win a single match in any format of the game, feels former England batsman Paul Nixon.

“I feel for India because India had so many injuries. No team loses that many world class players. It is almost that they lost a team. I feel for India as they played against a very good England side. England cricket is in a good place,” Nixon, who is here to play in the Champions League Twenty 20 for Leicestershire Foxes, told PTI.

“I feel for India because you cannot lose that many world class players and do well. They are tired. They play too much cricket. International cricket schedule is too much. TV and media wants all the cricket and it is hard for players,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said.

Nixon will quit all cricket after the Champions League Twenty20. He said he looks back at his 24-year-long career with fondness and cherishes the great memories it had offered.

“I look back with fondness, special memories, cricket has been kind to me, 24 years as a professional cricketer. I have been blessed to play cricket for so long, I met wonderful people, I travelled around the world, I played some exciting games,” Nixon said.

“I played in front of 90,000 people. I remember the dressing room banter, the camaraderie, the fun and I look forward to watching some world class cricket after my journey is finished,” he said.

Nixon said he enjoys coaching and that he is likely to take it up as career post-retirement.

“Hopefully, coaching. I enjoy coaching. I am passionate about coaching. I would like to make a difference. I have knowledge (of coaching),” he said.

Nixon is also likely to write his autobiography.(PTI)