Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne has questioned the credibility of players who choose to play IPL over country. He has said that boards should not consider players who are going to rest and miss Test matches because of playing IPL for money.
This has been a long-time discussion of players playing IPL for money and it has come into the limelight recently as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced boards to conduct bilateral series in the IPL window. Warne, who was the winning captain of Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition of the tournament, spoke on this issue in the podcast on Road to Ashes.
“I don’t begrudge the players getting the money they have, it’s fantastic. If they want to take the money, let them take it. But if you want to play cricket for your country and you choose the IPL, then maybe it’s not worth picking those guys then because this is going to happen people are going to rest and miss Test matches and miss representing your country to go and play for money,” he said.
He also shed light on the fact that Test cricket is the only format where one aspires to test himself against the best. “It’s pretty hard, you know if, someone says here’s 3 million bucks or go over to somewhere and be away from your family for six weeks, it’s a very easy decision to take that money,” he added.
“But if you value yourself as a cricketer and want to test yourself against the best, there’s only one spot to do it and that’s international cricket, especially Test cricket. If you want to choose the money, that’s fine, no problem, but you might have to wait for a few Test matches and you might go down a few runs no matter how good you are because there’s always someone that can replace you,” he concluded.