Former Australia National Cricket Team batter Matthew Hayden has opened up on the rumours of Cricket Australia (CA) not wanting the 23-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL), asserting “it’s nonsense if that’s the case”.
Green was in sensational form with the bat in the recently concluded three-match T20I series against India, where the Men In Blue won by 2-1.
In the first T20I at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh on Tuesday, September 20, the young all-rounder smashed 61 runs off 30 balls, including 8 fours and 4 sixes. Also, in the 3rd T20I on Sunday, September 25, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad, the all-rounder scored 52 runs off 21 balls, including 7 four and 3 sixes. With the ball, he bagged 1 wicket in the series. After, Green’s stellar performance in the India series many cricket pundits predicted that the all-rounder will be in heavy demand at the IPL 2023 auction.
“He hasn’t been picked up in the IPL but I’ll tell you what, bowling all-rounders, they are gold dust. Gold dust,” Hayden said in commentary at the start of his innings in the third T20.
“Especially if you can play like this, bang straight out of the middle,” he added.
Legendary India batter Sunil Gavaskar, who was also a part of the commentary panel, said that he heard the rumours of Cricket Australia not wanting Green to play in the IPL due to the fear of the all-rounder breaking down.
“Well, there’s the auction in a couple of months from now,” Gavaskar said.
“Apparently, and maybe Haydos you can tell me (otherwise), Cricket Australia didn’t want him to (play) because he had a few injuries, they didn’t want him for the IPL and that’s why they didn’t give him the certificate diagnosis.”
Expose yourself to as many opportunities – Matthew Hayden
Hayden responded to Gavaskar, saying that players should expose themselves to as many opportunities as possible and CA should allow Green to play in the IPL.
“Well it’s nonsense if that’s the case because you’ve got to learn how to play the game,” he said.
“And you got to be playing it. You can’t play it in the nets, you play out in the middle underground situation like this. Expose yourself to as many opportunities.
“We used to see it Sunny back in our day playing County Cricket, playing a volume of cricket to get the muscle memory to learn how to play in situations and different conditions.”
Legendary India batter Sunil Gavaskar further said:
“That’s what I heard. I’m not saying that that’s the reality. But that’s what I’ve heard, and understandably so because he’s such a fabulous prospect Cameron Green
“He’s such a fabulous prospect that is understandable if indeed Cricket Australia have said to him, just take it easy. That’s totally understandable because he’s going to have so many years of productive cricket for Australia, in all formats of the game.”
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