The co-owner of IPL powerhouse Delhi Capitals, Parth Jindal, has stated that he does not “particularly like” the route cricket has headed in terms of players quitting international competition early to play in T20 competitions. But he is aware of the business aspects of the game as the owner of a team.
With the addition of Dubai Capitals and Pretoria Capitals to their roster, Delhi Capitals is one of the teams driving the growth of cricket on a worldwide scale.
Jindal was referring to the hazardous situation that international cricket is in when he made his remarks. The future of ODI and Test cricket is in danger as franchise T20 cricket gains strength and occupies more time on the annual calendar through leagues around the world. Some of the top players are also turning into T20 mercenaries by quitting their international careers early.
With the addition of Dubai Capitals and Pretoria Capitals to its squad, Delhi Capitals is one of the groups advancing cricket’s globalization. They are not the only ones; the Knight Riders, for example, field teams in the forthcoming US tournament as well as the T20 leagues in the Caribbean, the UAE, South Africa, and the country.
‘I really find that extremely upsetting’: Parth Jindal
Jindal, the director of JSW Sports, stated in a statement to The Indian Express: “I genuinely find that extremely upsetting. You have Phil Simmons, the coach of the West Indies, stating that he could no longer force players to participate for the team. It is very sad. I don’t know, I am not particularly pleased to see this happening.”
Parth Jindal added “The IPL lasts for two and a half months, therefore it is quite challenging to sustain the interaction with our fans and sponsors. We, therefore, saw this as an opportunity to maintain the brand’s relevance for a longer period when we got the chance to purchase a team in the South African League and then our partners purchased a team in the UAE League.”
Despite being the most important and lucrative, cricket is only one component of Jindal’s investment. His group invests roughly Rs 60-65 crore in sports each year.