Legendary Australian leggie Shane Warne feels that players prioritizing the Indian Premier League (IPL) over national duty should not be considered for selection by the cricketing boards. This is a long-standing debate, which has again come to prominence after the BCCI shifted the remaining games of IPL 2021 to the UAE.
With top cricketing nations such as Australia, England, and West Indies have international commitments to look forward to, players might find themselves in a tricky position to choose between IPL and national duties. Warne suggested that players who choose franchise cricket over the nation should not be considered for selection.
“I don’t begrudge the players getting the money they have, it’s fantastic. If they want to take the money, [let them] take it,” Shane Warne said on the Road to Ashes Podcast.
“But if you want to play cricket for your country and you choose the IPL, then maybe it’s not worth picking those guys then because this is going to happen – people are going to rest and miss Test matches and miss representing your country to go and play for money,” he added.
Earlier, Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch had also claimed several first-team players have a realistic chance of being overlooked for the T20 World Cup selection after opting out of the upcoming tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.
Further in the discussion, Ware highlighted the importance of Test cricket and how players get the opportunity to test themselves in the purest format. He signed off by saying players choosing money is fine as long as they play a few Test matches and then play league cricket.
“It’s pretty hard, you know if, someone says here’s 3 million bucks or go over to somewhere and be away from your family for six weeks, it’s a very easy decision to take that money. But if you value yourself as a cricketer and want to test yourself against the best, there’s only one spot to do it and that’s international cricket, especially Test cricket.
“If you want to choose the money, that’s fine, no problem, but you might have to wait for a few Test matches and you might go down a few runs no matter how good you are because there’s always someone that can replace you,” he concluded.