Australia’s premier Test fast bowler Pat Cummins has expressed his willingness to participate in the Big Bash League again. However, Pat Cummins has decided to prioritize the international schedule ahead of the competition, saying it depends upon his commitments with the national side. One of the most popular cricketing leagues in the world, the Australian high-octane T20 league has eight franchises, replacing the six-state based teams.
If not for the suspension of all cricketing events currently, Pat Cummins would have been part of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 2019 auction witnessed the 27-year old go for a record-breaking sum of INR 15.5 crores to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Cummins earlier remarked that he is still optimistic of the IPL taking place since it is a good way to begin cricket and prepare for T20 World Cups.
The number one Test bowler praised the excellence of the competition and watches it even when not playing in it. The New South Wales bowler continued by saying that since their last couple of international summers have been gruelling; it was crucial to rest ahead of overseas tours instead of playing two games in the BBL. Hence, it depends upon how their schedule is planned.
“It’s a great tournament. I’d love to be part of it again. I love watching it even when I’m not playing. We will see how the schedule comes up. In the last couple of years, international schedules have been so busy so rather sneak in a couple of Big Bash games, it’s more important to have a week or two rest at the end of a long Test summer heading into our overseas tours.” Cummins said as quoted by Cricket.com.au
David Warner follows the same route as Pat Cummins:
Fellow countryman and opening batsman David Warner also followed the same route. Earlier, he reflected upon his summer of 2013/14, admitting how difficult it was to switch between two extremes of formats within a few days.
“All my decisions are based around how much playing and touring I’m doing in the summer. When I last played a game, my mindset in the next two Tests was cluttered between playing and not playing shots. I know that’s how I play but I’ve reined it in a lot over the last few years and don’t want to be putting myself into a situation again where I’m playing a Test match and then a T20 and then Tests again a few days later.” Warner stated.