IPL 2021, has IPL become more important than playing for the country? The recent past is surely indicating this. Players are prioritizing leagues and clubs over the country which is a dangerous sign.
For instance, Pakistan and South Africa series is going on and they are yet to play a decider but still, players Like Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller and Anrich Nortje has joined their respective IPL team’s camp.
Not the first time we have seen this. If you remember the last season (IPL 2020) Rohit Sharma played the final despite he was suffering from an injury. And this carelessness had cost him the limited series tour of Australia.
Few players consider IPL as a pocket booster (attractive auctions) and the platform for which they can come to India and party hard.
Kevin Pietersen on IPL
“Don’t schedule any international games whilst it’s on“, the statement tells you the important IPL has become. Whether it’s youngsters, retired players or coaches everybody is preferring IPL.
Mark Boucher on IPL
“It will help their T20 World Cup preparation in India and also allow him to test his team’s bench strength”, despite being a South African head coach Boucher is stating this.
He doesn’t seem to bother about his players missing the last ODI against Pakistan rather he is looking at the positive aspect of the IPL.
There is no harm in playing different leagues like IPL and earning some handsome amount but no league, no player is bigger than your national team or country.
IPL has helped a lot of players who had a calibre but were lagging resource or weren’t financially blessed. But at the same time, you can’t prioritize it over your country match.
The perspective may vary from individual to individual but as far as I’m concerned no league is important than your national side as you are representing a country.
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