The changing trade in T20 cricket has been one of the most talking points at the present moment as players are more focused on franchise form rather than the international stage. Recently South Africa and UAE launched their new T20 league where big names from the Indian Premier League (IPL) have invested. Parth Jindal, Co-owner of Delhi Capitals and now the Pretoria Capitals have raised concerns about the players that are more focused on franchise cricket.
“I genuinely find that extremely upsetting. You have Phil Simmons, the coach of the West Indies, stating that he could no longer force players to participate for the team. It is very sad. I don’t know, I am not particularly pleased to see this happening,” the co-owner of Delhi Capitals recently quoted.
According to Jindal, players no longer focus on international cricket and are more obliged to play for franchises around the world. The IPL is the biggest fish in the market with Rs 118 crore value per match. The Big Bash League (BBL) has been making money Down Under in Australia. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is another that attracts a huge pond of players at the current moment.
“The IPL lasts for two and a half months, therefore it is quite challenging to sustain the interaction with our fans and sponsors. We, therefore, saw this as an opportunity to maintain the brand’s relevance for a longer period when we got the chance to purchase a team in the South African League. Then our partners purchased a team in the UAE League,” Jindal concluded while he raised questions on the players’ commitment at an international stage.
With IPL now extending for a period of two and a half months and the launch of several franchise leagues, the player’s commitment will once be questioned. Star players like Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are the best examples of still active players but do not represent the national side. With big names again entering the business side, it is worth noting that in the future players may well be focused on franchise cricket and may be happy with not representing the nation on the global stage.