Adam Gilchrist

Indian cricketer’s participation in other T20 leagues won’t diminish IPL, feels Gilchrist

Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist has questioned on the absence of Indian players from other T20 leagues across the globe beside rekoning that their participation in other leagues of the world won’t diminish the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t allow any of its active players to participate in other global T20 leagues. Although, the Indian board has never made any public explanation on its stand however, multiple reasons, including commercial, are attributed for this.

“No Indian plays in any other T20 league, why? I feel it (Indian presence in other leagues) won’t diminish the IPL, it will only grow if they can play in Australia or South Africa,” fellt Gilchrist.

“I am not saying this in a provocative sense, is that not a fair question. If there is a second IPL window — I believe that is the proposal — that is going to start encroaching more into international cricket. That is going to further damage the domestic tournaments in those countries, but India still won’t help them build their market. It doesn’t seem like a two-way street,” he added.

The former Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman also said that he loved playing in the IPL during his time and doesn’t want to be reported as being anti-IPL but questioned why only some T20 tournaments are accessing every player in the world.

“I think the IPL is a wonderful addition to the cricketing landscape, I played six of them and I loved it. I don’t want to be reported as being anti-IPL. But why aren’t Indian players coming and playing in the Big Bash League, why only some leagues are accessing every player in the world,” he said.

“I understand the philosophy of the value the IPL gets is from its exclusivity (of Indian players) but is that balanced, even playing field for the health of the game globally? It is going to make a lot of money for the IPL, the franchise owners and certain players. Is it going to keep the game alive in other cricketing nations and that is the question for the ICC. We are talking dollars, aren’t we, as opposed to game development,” he added.

Meanwhile, when questioned about the possibility of David Warner picking UAE T20 league ahead of the Big Bash League (BBL), something he has spoken about lately, Gilchrist said he doesn’t want to single the attacking opener out and is sure there are other players who will be looking at the League in the Middle East.

“As regards the Warner situation, I don’t want to single him out. I am sure there are other players who will be looking at the UAE League. I think the issue is the bigger picture – the volume of cricket and various windows when there is no international cricket,” Gilchrist expressed.

“David may well argue that he is an Australian player and not a domestic player. So, when there are no Australian games, he is free to play wherever he wants. That may be his thought process,” he added.