Just weeks after Mike Atherton issued an ominous warning to the ICC about the very real threat of franchise cricket gaining prominence on international play, an IPL boss has confirmed a desire to contract players from around the world full for 12-month contracts.
“In an ideal world, of course, because it gives us the opportunity to further strengthen our vision and strategy,” said Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. The Telegraph.
“If we could have X number of players under contract and we could use them all in different leagues, I think that would be nirvana. Hopefully one day that will happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. . »
The report comes as former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said it would be “commercial suicide” for Cricket Australia to allow David Warner to skip the Big Bash and play in a rival T20 league elsewhere in the world.
It also comes just weeks after the Proteas withdrew from their ODI series in Australia next January, with South Africa losing their World Cup qualifying points so they could have their international players at home. for the launch of their new T20 competition.
While Gilchrist could relate to Warner, who is in the twilight of his “great career,” wanting to play overseas to supplement his bank balance, he said it would set a dangerous precedent for up-and-coming players.
“It’s the big kick, isn’t it, to be maybe the step towards a contract with the club forward or over the country for the predominant amount of cricket you play,” said Gilchrist at SEN last week.
“I think it would almost be commercial suicide for them (CA) to allow a player like him (Warner) to face their own competitors.
“It’s the new, younger player coming in who starts making those noises where it’s going to be really difficult.
“This is perhaps the first instance where David Warner doesn’t sign a contract with Cricket Australia at all, he just plays for match fees.
“He’s going to play wherever he wants but says, ‘I’m available for every test match, every one-day international and every T20 international’ as an example, I’ll be there for you in national colours.
“But other than that, I’m going to play my club, my franchise cricket, wherever I want, knowing that none of those big tournaments will come up against international cricket.”
Gilchrist’s comments came a fortnight after Atherton clarified South Africa’s decision to withdraw from their ODI series against Australia and ultimately the predicted franchise cricket would increasingly line the pockets of players and would see them contracted by owners cashed in instead of their countries.
“A franchise-dominated landscape, with annual ICC tournaments and little cricket or bilateral international testing, is coming, however,” wrote Atherton, the former England captain. The temperature.
“All of this is good news for players’ bank accounts, primarily, but it will be a very different landscape, with players contracted possibly to private companies acquiring franchises around the world.
“I found myself arguing with a player’s agent this week in Birmingham along those lines. England, he said, will be the last man standing when it comes to Test cricket. June and July stand out as the only non-competition T20 months where Test cricket can thrive.
The Telegraph The report confirms what many respected gaming figures feared, with the privatization of gaming, particularly at the franchise level, now beginning to take full effect.
Twelve-month contracts would likely have a seismic impact on international play, allowing franchises to sign lucrative year-round contracts with players and, therefore, jeopardize a player’s international availability.
It could also have a destabilizing impact domestically, with the next tier of players unable to improve and test their skills against international players, if they were abroad.
AsThe Telegraph highlighted, the Knight Riders now have four teams under their umbrella – their flagship IPL franchise, the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, as well as teams from the T20 International League (UAE) and Major League Cricket (States United), both of which will launch next year.
Other IPL teams are buying teams from other leagues – the six franchises of South Africa’s new T20 league, which will launch in January – as international cricket faces increased pressure to compete.
A current obstacle to the IPL’s desire to globalize the game is the diversity of recruitment rules used in the different T20 leagues.
Currently, for example, Indian stars are not allowed to play in overseas T20 leagues while only four international players are allowed in an XI in the IPL.
Mysore hopes those barriers will eventually be removed and says England’s The Hundred and Australia’s Big Bash competitions are the next hunting grounds for IPL owners.
“If it happened that way, at some point in the future, that would be great,” Mysore said. The Telegraph.
“What we want to create is a common platform, system and culture that allows us to participate throughout the year – enhancing our brand, growing our fan base and providing opportunities to cricketers around the world. And in the process, you hopefully build a successful business around it.
He added: “Our immediate reaction to such a proposal is to say, yes, we are absolutely interested because it is part of our strategy. Whether it’s the Big Bash or the Hundred, although we understand the challenges these leagues face in attracting private investment.
“Wherever we went, we made it a success for the mutual benefit of the league as well as the Knight Riders. When a proposal comes to us, it’s because they understand the value that the Knight Riders brand brings with it and the whole package that comes with it – we know how to build those brands.