Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has stated that if players start giving importance to T20 leagues over international matches, it will impact the growth of cricket in those countries. According to him, it will severely affect the growth of the sport at the grassroots as well.
The country vs money debate has been going on for years following the popularity of T20 leagues, particularly the Indian Premier League (IPL). South Africa recently pulled out of the series against Australia to focus on their upcoming T20 tournament.
“Players skipping international matches for T20 leagues will be a big issues in the development of cricket. Young players want to see their heroes and if they don’t play for their countries, that’s going to impact the game at grassroots levels.”
“We won’t see the development of young players. Just imagine Babar Azam was playing T20 tournaments and not playing for Pakistan.”