Recently Andrew Symonds made a point about the difficult issue of “loyalty vs money.” BCCI is the richest cricket board in the world which has already created problems for cricket boards for countries like England and Australia, and now the world also has to contend with ICL and IPL.
Money means a lot of things to a lot of people. Playing in the IPL provides the players with an opportunity to earn enviable amounts of cash, like never before.
Players have started being auctioned. This has never been witnessed in cricket, on such a scale anyway. What is the future of international cricket? Is the time looming where private leagues will be able to afford more money than the ICC? Will the most talented and prolific players draw themselves rigidly to private leagues and ignore national cricket boards? What ramifications does this have on the competitiveness of international cricket?
These are just some of the questions that come to mind. On this thread the CJ Management would like to read your comments regarding what you feel is the future of these private leagues and the future of international cricket.
In other news, it has become known now that Australia may decide to shorten its schedule and tour Pakistan after all. Whereas this is a welcome development, there is a possibility that a “B” or second-grade team may be sent to Pakistan. I believe this will be welcomed by the Pakistani public and it must be welcomed equally by the PCB. Knowing the current form of the Pakistani team, a “B” (or a seemingly weak “A”) team of Australia will offer the Pakistani players a tough time and the series will be very competitive. Not only will this be fruitful for the cricket starved Pakistani public, it will also help identify key youngsters for the future, which Pakistan so desperately needs.