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‘Commercial suicide for Cricket Australia’: Adam Gilchrist concerned about IPL ‘monopoly’

Adam Gilchrist, Six Sports

After Usman Khawaja, its now Adam Gilchrist who showed concerns towards Indian Premier League’s Global expansion. Previously, Aussie batter Usman Khawaja expressed frustration urging Cricket Australia for franchisees to take charge of IPl. And now its Gilchrist to show red flag.

The Aussie played for Deccan Chargers initially. In 2009, he led the now-extinct team to its maiden IPL trophy. He got them their maiden IPL trophy back in 2009. Gilchrist had also represented Kings XI Punjab, newly named as Punjab Kings.

Recently, the Australian media has reported David Warner’s unavailability in BBL. He may prioritize UAE T-20 League over the Australian League.

On Wednesday, Adam Gilchrist told Australia’s Sen Radio,

“I think it would almost be commercial suicide for (Cricket Australia) to allow a player like him (Warner) to go head to-head up against their own competition. They can’t force David Warner to play in the BBL… But to let him then go off — or another player, let’s not single out Warner because there will be other players on the radar — it’s all part of this global dominance that these IPL franchises are starting to create.

Gilchrist also

“… It’s getting a little bit dangerous the grip that it’s having to monopolise that ownership and the ownership of the players and their talents and where they can and can’t play.”

No Issue with Warner’s Commitment towards Australia Cricket: Adam Gilchrist

Warner has been fully committed to Cricket Australia undoubtedly. However Australia will not be playing any International cricket in the last three weeks of January. The last clash they will face, will be against South Africa- a three match Test Series on January 8th.

Big Bash League is all set to start from December 13 and continue till 4. Hence, there’s been a keen hope regarding the availability of the Australian Test Players too in this league soon after the South Africa test. But big names like Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are in no scene with the BBL contract. David Warner did the same, as a result, gave birth to the possibilities of his unavailability in BBL. This too fumed his possibilities of playing in the UAE T-20 League.

However, Gilchrist isn’t questioning Warner’s commitment towards his Country, but concerned about young players. He fears about the fact if the new-gen players follow his footsteps. On this account, Gilchrist told,

“If he rides off into the sunset and says, ‘Sorry Australian cricket, I’m going to become a gun for hire for my Indian franchise team in various tournaments’, you can’t question him on that. That’s his prerogative and he’s done everything he needs to get the profile and get that market value. It’s the new younger player coming in that starts to make those noises where it’ll be really challenging.”

Since BBL’s birth in 2011, Warner just played three matches in it. His last appearance in his country’s premier T-20,tournament was in 2013.

BBL to Clash with newbie UAE T-20 League

UAE T-20 League is supposed to start next year between 6th January to 12th February. It will be named as the International League T-20 (ILT20). Hence, its quite clear, BBL is going a face a hard-core competition from this infant league. Apart from that, the newly proposed South African League is also supposed to share the same window.

Undoubtedly, IPl franchisees has been ruling the World with their money. The franchisees that have invested for the ILT20 Teams are as follows:

1. Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, the owners of Mumbai Indians,
2. GMR Group, co-owners of Delhi Capitals,
3. The Knight Riders [Kolkata and Trinbago] franchise owners,
4. Capri Global, a non-banking financial company based in India,
5. Lancer Capital, owners of Manchester United Football Club, and
6. Adani Sportsline, a sports initiative of the diversified Adani Group.

Additionally, Mumbai Indian and Delhi Capitals owners, as well as Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals owners the led their hands in South African Cricket League too.

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