Australia captain Pat Cummins makes a big statement on players picking IPL over International cricket

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand

June 3 2023
Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins didn’t take part in the recently concluded cash-rich IPL 2023.

The Indian Premier League has been a massive change in international cricket since its inception in 2008. IPL is taking centre stage in cricket with an increase in the number of teams, players, and matches. In the IPL 2023, a total of 74 games were played in the two month-long tournament. There is a debate about players prioritising participation in various leagues, especially in the IPL over their international careers. Current Australian captain Pat Cummins has put his view forward and said IPL has ended the monopoly of players time in international cricket. It is a fact that a lot of players look interested in a big deal in T20 leagues around the world rather than prolonging their international cricket career. 

Pat Cummins’ bold statement on IPL

Australian captain Pat Cummins is currently preparing for the World Test Championship final against India at The Oval. The Australian team is practicing at Beckenham before their big game. As quoted by Sydney Morning Herald, Cummins said, “It’s been coming for a while, but I think it is here now. International Cricket doesn’t have a monopoly on players time like it did in the past. The IPL changed that a decade ago, but there’s just going to be more and more content that creeps in. so I think we have got to be proactive about that”. He also felt that convincing players to prioritise international cricket will be a challenge. 

The Indian Premier League governing council has batted for increasing the number of games in one season. IPL will see a total of 94 games being played in the upcoming seasons. They are also planning for another window in the year to host a mini IPL. T20 cricket is a lucrative business around the world. IPL has just grabbed the market beautifully with massive Sub-continent crowds and involvement of every section of society. With the growing number of leagues around the world, international cricket may suffer and soon cricket may go football’s way in international schedules prioritising various leagues around the world. 

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