Gilchrist in the dark
Adam Gilchrist admits that even he is in a state of confusion surrounding the upcoming Indian Premier League.
Last Updated: 13/02/08 2:43pm
Adam Gilchrist admits that even he is in a state of confusion surrounding the upcoming Indian Premier League despite being signed up to play in the Twenty20 tournament.
Cricket Australia's sponsorship row with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, leaving the participation of Australia's stars in the IPL at risk.
The lucrative Twenty20 competition is due to hold a player auction on February 20, when the eight franchises will bid for the cricketers.
Australian wicketkeeper Gilchrist, who is retiring from international cricket before joining the IPL, admits that he is also in the dark.
"I'm like everyone else," said Gilchrist.
"It's changing every day almost so I'm just trying to keep up with it and then make decisions based on the facts we have at the time.
"I'll be watching with interest myself next week when it all comes to a bubbling point. We are all trying to keep up with it.
"This might be the beginning of a total change in the cricket structure as we know it. It may not, it might just be another tournament, but we've got to give it time."
Gilchrist does not think that an ongoing row involving Cricket Australia and the IPL would end up damaging the sport.
"I'm not sure anyone's trying to dud anyone else. Far from that, I think it's just teething problems," he said.
"It all came about very quickly and it's just going to continue to take time and maybe a trial-and-error process before we know exactly where the land will lie."
Gilchrist also disagrees with the view that the IPL and the rebel Twenty20 league in India will result in more players quitting international cricket to cash in on the lucrative contracts on offer.
"I understand the fear of that happening but I really believe what motivates players to take on the journey to play for your country - it comes from more than just the financial side of it and the glitz and glamour," he added.
"It's a genuine passion and if you don't have it you are going to get found out. For guys who have done that and had a taste of it (international cricket), then will they get tempted? I don't think so.
"I think they'll have genuine desires to fulfill their career, to make sure they get every bit out of their international career as possible."
Instead, Gilchrist feels the Twenty20 tournaments could be a good way for ageing stars to move into retirement from the international arena.
"Since the real professional age has come in, maybe there's been a tendency for guys to hang on too long and we don't see younger guys getting in as young as they used to," he said.
"So it might be an evening-out process, now there's something for the older guys to move into.
"That Twenty20 format is just entertainment, I don't see that as a cricket career.
"It's part of a greater cricket career but that segment is entertainment now and I think everyone identifies that."