Sunil Gavaskar responds to IPL critics: ‘Look after your cricket interests’ Concerns are growing about the IPL’s dominance in global leagues.
Sunil Gavaskar, slammed England and Australia for criticizing the Indian Premier League. For disrupting the cricketing calendar. The cricketing legend believes that both powerhouses should first assess the situation in their respective countries before “interfering” in Indian cricket.
The Indian legend’s comments follow those of ex-Australian wicketkeeper-batter Adam Gilchrist, who bemoaned the growing influence of the IPL in the global arena. Gilchrist had described the cash-rich league’s global expansion as “a little bit dangerous,” citing the IPL’s growing monopoly.
Gavaskar was amuse by the reaction of the “old powers.”
Began to squirm after the IPL expanded its wings to include the South African T20 league and the UAE T20 league.
“It’s amusing to read that the Indian Premier League is once again. As a disruptor of other international teams’ cricketing calendars. ” When news of the South African T20 league and the UAE T20 league broke. The ‘old powers’ squirmed and summoned their apologists to attack the IPL. Look after your cricket interests, but please don’t interfere in ours and tell us what to do. ” Gavaskar wrote in his Sportstar column.
Although the Big Bash League has its own window free from international cricket. The Australian and English boards are wary of losing some of their star players to the South African and UAE’s ILT20 leagues. Which begin around the same time and offer far more lucrative deals to the players.
“The Australians, too, have scheduled their Big Bash to coincide with the availability of their contracted players. ” “However, they are concerned that the UAE and South African T20 leagues are scheduled around the same time. There is a risk that some of their players will choose to play there instead of the Big Bash,” Gavaskar added.