He does not quite know how it can be worked out but former India captain Rahul Dravid wants an arrangement, in which the world’s best cricketers can play in the Indian Premier League without compromising on representing their country in the Test arena.

“I’m not sure what the solution to it is exactly but I would love to be in a situation where the best players can play the IPL as well as represent their country in Test cricket,” Dravid said.

“People like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen are fantastic for Test cricket as they are for IPL and T20 cricket. And they have a short window, in which to show us their talent,” he added.

“At the end of the day this is the game for the fans. The best players should represent their country — it is not only about the people who come to the ground. It is also for the young boys and girls who passionately follow their country in Test cricket. It is hard and disappointing when the best players don’t turn up to play for their country.”

Dravid insisted that there is need for a compromise formula.

“The reality is the IPL is an important tournament and people do want to play it,” Dravid was quoted as saying on BBC’s Test Match Special at Lord’s during the third Test between England and South Africa.

“And we are probably coming to a stage where maybe a time will come (when) there will need to be give-and-take — whether it is finding a window, or, whether making the tournament a little shorter,” he added.

Dravid, however, said that a solution was necessary as the IPL would continue to clash with the start of the England cricketing summer and the longest version of the game could not afford to lose big names like Pietersen and Chris Gayle.

“There are some positives with the IPL and you have to understand that if the top players in the world want to play it and people want to watch then there is got to be some thing good about it is as well,” Dravid, who is in London to attend the MCC cricket committee meeting, said.

“It does effect the England season particularly, and, especially since traditionally the English season has been the same for many, many years. So it is challenging that a little bit. In time we are getting to that stage where all of us want the best players playing (Test cricket).

“We all want Chris Gayle playing for West Indies whenever West Indies play a Test match. None of us want to see a situation today where a great player like Kevin misses out today for whatever reasons and I don’t want to get into that. But it is disappointing. The game is a loser when the top players don’t play Test cricket,” he added.

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