Ahead of WTC Final 2023, Pat Cummins says International cricket no longer priority
Just before the World Test Championship Final against India, Australian captain Pat Cummins said that in the future, it will be a challenge to persuade players to play for their country over their franchise. He also said that he isn’t shocked by Trent Boult’s decision to forego the New Zealand contract.
WTC Final 2023: Just before the start of World Test Championship Final in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian captain Pat Cummins has said that the IPL has ended the monopoly of international cricket on players’ time. Cummins further said that in the future, it will be a challenge to persuade players to prioritise national duty over franchise cricket.
“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’ve got to be proactive about that.”
Cummins agrees that Trent Boult’s decision to deny a New Zealand central contract for lucrative T20 league around the world has been in the offing since IPL changed the complexion of the game a decade ago.
“It’s been coming for a while, but I think it is here now,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald ahead of the World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval starting June 7.
Cummins wants his teammates to consider national duty bigger than anything else but said that would be a challenge in these times of cash-rich franchise-based leagues.
“We have to keep making playing for Australia as special as we can, keeping a high performance to get every single player wanting to play for Australia as much as we can. That’s going to be the challenge. I think it’s upon us now, and we’ve got to start thinking about that quite deeply. I think fast-forward a few years time, a 12-month international calendar might look a little bit different,” the pace spearhead said.
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Cummins believes cricket will become like soccer in the future
Cummins believes cricket is going soccer’s way and there will be a time when national teams will need clearances from franchises to play for the country.
“When you’re talking about some of the opportunities that may be provided through the franchises, I don’t think you can blame players that might take that option,” he said.
“I see the day where that (a franchise release) happens. I think it’s reality. You’ve seen it in other sports. So again, we’ve got to keep selling why playing for Australia is so special. And making sure there is some flexibility to try and get the best out of these guys.
“We still want the best players winning World Cups for us, winning big series. But obviously, there’s more competing interests than there were in the past. That’s why things are starting to quicken up, and it’s moving towards a more world football model, where you play for your club, employed by your club, and you get released to play for your country.”
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