Ponting admits IPL fears
Ricky Ponting admits the lucrative new Twenty20 tournaments in India could lure some players away from international cricket.
Last Updated: 14/02/08 9:01am
Australia captain Ricky Ponting admitted that the lucrative new Twenty20 tournaments in India could lure some players away from international cricket, as Cricket Australia warned their players they could be frozen out if they opt to play in the rebel ICL.
Retiring Aussie team-mate Adam Gilchrist is set to feature in the officially-sanctioned Indian Premier League in April, and he said he did not foresee any problems with players jumping ship from international cricket.
However, Ponting does admit that there could be a danger of players opting to play in the Indian Twenty20 competitions instead of representing their countries, such is the financial rewards on offer.
"I think there are some dangers there to tell you the truth," said Ponting.
"If a guy is approaching the end of his international career anyway, and being able to play 44 days and stay in one form of the game I'm sure is very attractive.
"Particularly if they have families and they are getting a bit sick and tired of the travel you do with international cricket, I am sure that is appealing to some."
The rebel Indian Cricket League has already attracted ten Pakistan players but Ponting does not think as many Australians will jump ship.
"We can't control what the Pakistanis are doing or other countries are doing, but in Australia you would like to think that the fabric is still there for young Australian players, and older players, to continue to play as many games as you can for your country," he added.
With players being threatened with exclusion by international associations if they join up, Ponting wants a window introduced to allow players to play in India.
"There are some programming issues the ICC and the boards are going to have to look at, maybe carving out a window each year where this tournament can sit in (alone)," he said.
"Unless some time is given up then we might start losing the 33, 34-year-old players from international cricket.
"Otherwise there will be guys making the decision of whether they continue in both forms of the game or have a bigger break every year and play 44 days of Twenty20 cricket and make even more money than they are internationally."
Cricket Australia are currently in dispute with the IPL over sponsorship issues, but they hope to find an agreement to allow Australians to feature.
They have, however, warned that any players thinking about joining the rebel ICL will not be offered international contracts.
"Players will not be offered player contracts or be permitted to continue to be a party to player contracts if, during the term of those contracts, those players take part in unofficial cricket events," said a CA statement.