Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins. Image: Twitter

A recent revelation claimed that Australian Test captain Pat Cummins was offered $1 million (AUD) by numerous Indian inter-city T20 tournaments, highlighting the dominance of franchise cricket leagues, notably in India, and the threat they may bring to international cricket.

Australia’s test captain turned down the offers, but he warns of the menace looming over international cricket.

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Pat Cummins. Photo-IPL

To prioritize representing his country, Cummins reportedly turned down the offers. According to the report, several of the state organizations of the BCCI, which have amassed large sums of money via lucrative TV contracts and local marketing opportunities, are now eager to recruit foreign players for their city-based local franchise leagues.

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Franchise competitions present enormous prospects that are appearing increasingly frequently, according to a statement from Cummins. We should not take playing for our country for granted. “Playing for your country, international cricket at the moment is still number one for pretty much everyone, especially here in Australia.”

We all prioritize playing for Australia at the moment: Pat Cummins

Cricket’s standing is already being significantly impacted by the establishment of privately-owned T20 competitions like South Africa’s SA20 and the United Arab Emirates’ ILT20.

To spend more time with his family and be available for lucrative local competitions like the Big Bash League, New Zealand paceman Trent Boult was given a release from his national contract last month.

It was a ground-breaking agreement and a turning point for New Zealand Cricket, but Cummins expected that more well-known athletes would follow suit.

“I think realistically more and more people are going to go down that route for a variety of reasons,” Pat Cummins told News Corp reporters last week at Kayo’s summer of cricket launch at the SCG.

“On occasion, you want your Australian players to compete in large events even if it means missing a format.”

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think you will see a lot more flexibility around that over time – how precisely it plays out, I am not sure.”

“At the moment, we all prioritize playing for Australia because it is what we truly enjoy doing, but realistically, there are a lot of other chances out there that occasionally conflict” Pat Cummins Added.

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With the advent of two privately owned leagues being formed in the UAE (ILT20) and South Africa (SA20), which have provided players with big contracts, the strength of franchise cricket has recently become apparent. The owners of IPL franchises own a large number of the teams in different competitions.

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