Australia great Ian Chappell has made a case for at least the senior players from the country to skip the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year and concentrate on Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup as a measure to re-build after the losses incurred due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ian Chappell also brutally asserted that cricket world cannot be pushed by India alone.
However, it still remains to be seen if the IPL 2020 takes place this year. According to speculations the lucrative league based in India can take up the October slot with the 2020 T20 World Cup being postponed to next year. The tournament has attracted some big Australian players over the years including the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner.
Ian Chappell: cricket world isn’t going to be pushed around by India
Ian Chappell said during this devastating times at least the senior Australian cricketers should stand up for their country by skipping IPL. Chappell is of the opinion that India alone cannot push world cricket and other boards need to do their bit. Chappell, however, mentioned that the Australian cricketers who do not play regularly for the side can continue to play in the IPL this year.
“Well this is coming from someone who’s never been a fan of the board, but the top players are looked after very well by Cricket Australia these days, so I think there’s an obligation there,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“It’s also a chance to stand up and say the cricket world isn’t going to be pushed around by India.
“I could mount a case more for a peripheral player who doesn’t earn a lot of money in Australia; if the bulk of his income is going to come from the IPL, well that’s something I would have some sympathy for if I was a CA board member.
“But the top players are well paid, and that argument doesn’t hold any water. Their obligation should be to Australia.”