IPL, BBL and other domestic T20 leagues being valued over national contracts by players, says FICA report

Lucrative contracts in popular Twenty20 Leagues like IPL and BBL are being preferred over national contracts, posing a significant threat to quality of international cricket, a Federation of International Cricketers Association report has claimed.

PTI, April 18, 2018

New Delhi: Lucrative contracts in popular Twenty20 Leagues are being preferred over national contracts, posing a significant threat to quality of international cricket, a Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) report has claimed.

Players like Chris Gayle (in pic) have benefited largely by participating in the IPL. Sportzpics

Players like Chris Gayle (in pic) have benefited largely by participating in the IPL. Sportzpics

According to Cricinfo, the first global employment report on men's professional cricketers, released by the FICA says the "traditional model is under significant threat from alternative employment" with options available in the "new market" as players have evolved their game, a consequence of playing in different T20 leagues.

The report, titled Shifting Landscape, is based on responses from 300 cricketers across the world but not from India or Pakistan, where there are no player associations.

"We are seeing the beginnings of a trend in which annual contracts across all formats of the game are being declined by players at both domestic and international level worldwide. This 'flight of talent' from the traditional 'vertical' pathway with players moving to where they are increasingly valued, and can build more lucrative careers has the potential to undermine both the quality and value of international cricket, which already sees many top players in the world not playing for their national teams on a regular basis, or at all," the report said.

The Cricinfo report further said FICA finds that more young players are now taking a "horizontal pathway" - where they travel the world year-round playing various domestic T20 leagues like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash (the two most popular voted by the players).

"That offers them greater financial security and better work-life balance in the absence of a coherent international cricket structure, and is a break from the traditional "vertical pathway" in which a player graduates through a domestic system to international cricket.

Updated Date: Apr 18, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114