Weeks after Mike Atherton revealed to the ICC the real threat to cricket in the international game, the IPL boss has confirmed his desire to sign players around the world to 12-month contracts.
“In an ideal world, sure – because it gives us an opportunity to make our vision and strategy even stronger,” said Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore. telegraph.
“If we can get X number of players under contract and use them all in different leagues, I think that would be nirvana. Hopefully one day it will. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.”
The report comes after former Australian captain Adam Gilchrist said it was “commercial suicide” for Cricket Australia to allow David Warner to skip the Big Bash and play in another rival T20 league in the world.
It also comes weeks after the Proteas bow out of their ODI series in Australia next January, with South Africa missing out on their World Cup qualifiers and their internationals at home to begin the new T20 campaign.
Gilchrist said that while he could understand Warner, who is in the twilight of his “great career”, he wants to play overseas to fill his bank account, setting a dangerous precedent for young players.
Gilchrist told SEN last week: “That’s the big shocker, no, it could be a move to sign with the club because of the high level of cricket she plays both before the club and at the country.
I think it would be suicidal business for them (CA) to let a player like him (Warner) face their own competition.
“It’s the new young player who starts making those noises where it’s really challenging.
“It’s probably not the first instance of David Warner not signing a contract with Cricket Australia and playing on pay-per-match.
He goes and plays wherever he wants but says ‘I’ll be there for every Test match, every One Day International and every T20 International’, for example, in national colours.
But other than that, I’m going to play my club, franchise cricket wherever I want, knowing that none of those big tournaments will clash with international cricket.
Gilchrist’s comments come two weeks after Atherton accepted South Africa’s decision to pull Australia out of their ODI series, and will ultimately see franchise cricket lining the pockets of players and being signed by cash-strapped owners on behalf of their country.
Former England captain Atherton wrote: “A fringe-led landscape, an annual ICC tournament and more bilateral international cricket or Tests is coming.” The Times.
“This is all good news for players’ bank accounts, but mainly it will be a very different landscape, with players eventually contracted to private companies and franchised around the world.
“I found myself speaking to the player’s agent on this line in Birmingham this week. He said he would be the last man to stand where England was watching Test cricket. June and July stand out as the months without a T20 tournament where Test cricket can thrive.
Telegraph’s The report confirms what many respected figures in the game have feared, that the privatization of the game, especially at the franchise level, is now in full effect.
Twelve-month deals can have a seismic impact on the global game, forcing franchises to sign players to lucrative annual deals and thereby jeopardizing a player’s global presence.
If the next level of players fail to improve and test their skills against international players, it could have a destabilizing effect at the domestic level.
such astelegraph The Knight Riders now have four teams under their umbrella – the main IPL franchise, Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, plus sides in both the International League T20 (UAE) and Major League Cricket (US), both of which will be launched next. year.
Other IPL teams are buying teams in other leagues – including South Africa’s new T20 league, which starts in January – as all six franchises face intense pressure to compete in international cricket.
Currently, what is hampering the IPL’s desire to globalize the game is the different recruitment rules used in 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 the XI in the IPL.
Mysore hopes those barriers will eventually break down and says England’s The 100 and Australia’s Big Bash tournaments are the next hunting grounds for IPL owners.
“If that’s the case, at some point in the future, that would be great,” Mysore said. telegraph.
What we want to create is a shared platform and system and culture that allows us to participate throughout the year – growing our brand, building our fan base and providing opportunities for cricketers around the world. And hopefully build a successful business around it in the process.
“Our immediate response to such a proposal is yes, we are absolutely interested because it is part of our strategy,” he added. Be it Big Bash or Hundred, though we understand the challenges these leagues face in inviting private investments.
“Everywhere we go, we make it a success for the mutual benefit of the league and 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.”