The Indian T20 League has established itself as the biggest cricket tournament in the world. It has benefited Indian cricket in many ways. Many superstars have made their way to the Indian team by performing in the cash-rich league.
However, with the popularity of the major league growing every year, there are a few who believe that it has affected Indian cricket in a negative way as well. Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg reckons that the cash-rich league somehow has negative effects on Indian cricket.
“I think it is (Indian T20 League affecting Indian cricket) because the young players that are coming through the system are more focused on playing T20 tournament cricket because there is probably a little more cash in it, it’s a short form, it’s quick and you get the game done and dusted. It seems a bit like easier money,” shared Hogg on his Instagram.
‘They are not focused on longer forms’- Brad Hogg
The former Australian cricketer pointed out that the cash-rich league is affecting the younger players as compared to the previous generations, like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. India recently lost consecutive ODI series against New Zealand and Bangladesh.
“When they are focused on that T20 cricket scenario, they are not focused on the longer forms. They don’t know how bowlers set up batters to take wickets and how batters build their innings to bat long periods of time. It’s not so much the generations that are playing international cricket right now like the Virat Kohli’s and Rohit Sharma’s. It’s younger players that are just debuting for India that are most affected,” Hogg added.
The Indian T20 League mini-auction for the 2023 edition will be held on December 23. The Indian Cricket Board has shortlisted 405 players, including 132 international players. Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Jason Holder, and Shakib Al Hasan are among the names expected to make headlines. Indian players including Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, and Jaydev Unadkat have the potential to spark bidding wars among the 10 teams.