Ageing stars prolong their careers in the IPL
Dubai: The Indian Premier League has allowed ageing stars to prolong their careers, according to a veteran cricketer from the UAE .
Jairaj Thakur his six double centuries aged over 40 in the UAE's domestic cricket league and now holds both Australian and Asian Cricket Council coaching certificates
"Cricketers can look forward to playing into their 40s," Thakur said.
"Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has proved that he is not only a fine captain and coach, but also an effective player in his 40s.
"Because of the IPL we might even get to see Sachin Tendulkar in action even at the age of 45.
"A cricketer matures after the age of 30 and IPL has extended careers.
"It has proved to be an excellent stage for youngsters to make their mark and those out of the national team to stage a comeback.
"West Indies had ignored Chris Gayle but now want him back after his fine knocks in the IPL to lift their team against Pakistan."
Thakur played alongside Test stars for Mumbai Mafatlal in the Kanga league.
He added: "Mumbai Indians were victims of complacency against Rajasthan Royals.
"I find no other reason behind such a strong line up being restricted to 94. This defeat against Rajasthan should come as an eye opener for all teams because it does not take long to slip down from the top of the table.
"Pune Warriors are a good example. Each and every match should be played like a final."