Aravinda de Silva: India should loosen its hold on the T20 leagues for the benefit of cricket.
So Aravinda de Silva, a former captain of Sri Lanka, admitted that the IPL and other T20 leagues have helped cricket but asked India to permit great players to compete in international competitions.
Aravinda de Silva, a former captain of Sri Lanka, admitted that the IPL and other T20 leagues have helped cricket but asked India to permit great players to compete in international competitions. The Indian Premier League has developed into cricket’s hottest property, luring top foreign talent for millions of dollars to participate in the frenetic two-month extravaganza. Including David Warner of Australia and Jos Buttler of England. Aravinda compared the current T20 leagues to English domestic cricket in the latter part of the last century, which drew top players from all over the world to learn their craft and gain experience. During an illustrious career that included a 1996 World Cup victory, Aravinda was known for his aggressive batting style.
The 56-year-old, who played for English county Kent in the 1990s, told AFP that it is similar to the county cricket of those times, which gave the English players the advantage.
“Players can grow in competitions like the IPL, Big Bash, or the Hundred and T20 Blitz in England.”
Since its inception in 2008, the Indian Premier League has inspired imitation competitions in other countries.
A recent broadcast rights auction valued the IPL at a staggering $6.2 billion, or $15 million every match. Making it more lucrative than football’s English Premier League, which is valued at $11 million per match. Nevertheless, it continues to be the biggest draw.
According to Aravinda, India should allow less-developed nations to share in the wealth created in order to expand the sport. Boost playing standards around the world, and raise skill levels, all of which would ultimately benefit the IPL.
Because Indian cricketers aren’t permitted to participate in other competitions. “if you have one dominating country, you can see from the IPL that they practically operate a monopoly on the main leagues,” Aravinda added.
“So what will probably happen is that the standard will eventually have an impact on the whole game if it keeps decreasing and if there is no meaningful competition.
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“It’s a negative for the cricket world until (India) find a way to encourage the other nations and get them to understand the kind of support levels which the game demands today.
“It’s up to the (global governing body) ICC to make sure that it’s done in a way that these countries maintain progressing; otherwise, we don’t want a situation like Zimbabwe and South Africa, where their level of cricket declined.”
Individual Sri Lankan players have benefited from the IPL. Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg-spinner who Royal Challengers Bangalore paid $1.42 million for has the second-highest wicket total in the 10-team competition this year.
The past season of Sri Lanka’s version, the LPL. Featured five clubs captained by Sri Lankan athletes like Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella. Aravinda also commended Pakistan for putting on a strong performance with the Pakistan Super League despite a lack of resources and visibility.
In a two-match Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka is now down 1-0. But Aravinda remained optimistic that the hosts can rally in the second game. Which gets underway on Friday in Galle.
And he expressed his gratitude to Australia for visiting the island nation for two Test matches and a five-match one-day international series. Providing some relief to the people of Sri Lanka who are going through an unparalleled economic crisis.
We had some packed houses over the one-day series, so we could tell there was passion despite all of these problems, said Aravinda.
“I’m appreciative of the Australians who came and made the people of Sri Lanka smile. It was incredible. They have my sincere gratitude.”
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