Andrew Strauss said it "makes sense" for England bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson to have a rest from County Championship given the demands they will face over the next year.
The England management's decision to prevent Broad from playing for Nottinghamshire at Durham this weekend has reportedly not gone down well.
Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are among the England players plying their trade in the Indian Premier League, but Broad and Lancashire seamer Anderson have been given a rest after playing in the first round of Championship matches.
Director of England Cricket Strauss is in no doubt that it is the right decision for the experienced strike duo to put their feet up.
"We have to recognise the demands of the international programme over the next 12 months, with seven Tests in 10 weeks from July followed by another seven in Australia and New Zealand over the winter," said Strauss.
"We have to manage all our players and especially our bowlers accordingly. Both Stuart and Jimmy are committed to their counties and keen to play as much possible. But equally they recognise both the challenges and demands to come over the summer.
"A plan for availability for the early-season fixtures has been put together in consultation with the players, and counties were made aware of the likely schedule back in January.
"Stuart bowled 21 overs for Nottinghamshire at Leicestershire, and Jimmy bowled 42 for Lancashire at Essex, so it makes sense for us to stick to the original plan of them taking a week's break before returning for the third round of Championship fixtures.
"They will also be available for further Championship matches as well as the early stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup."