Federation International Cricketers Association (FICA) chief Tom Moffat feels the current cricket landscape is untenable as bilateral series and domestic T20 leagues around the world overlap. He said such issues need to be discussed through collaboration and global leadership.
The growing popularity of T20 leagues across the globe has taken the cricket world by storm. Almost every country that plays cricket has its own league and the future of international cricket seems to be in jeopardy. Even the players prefer to play in the leagues instead of the nation.
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As a result of that, many big names in Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham and Jason Roy preferred to play in leagues rather than take a core contract from their respective nations. The number of players opting for this will only increase as there have been quite a few English players who are in talks with franchises for annual contracts.
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Amidst all this, FICA admitted that BCCI and IPL were game changers by introducing cricket franchises across the globe. But he pointed out the key issues related to programming. Speaking to Indian Express, Moffat said:
“BCCI, IPL and their franchises have changed the game and have done a fantastic job and the landscape of domestic leagues brings a lot of positives.
“The brain drain from international cricket has been a consequence of there being no global scheduling windows to ensure that international cricket and domestic leagues can co-exist, and the ability of players in most countries to earn more based on of salary time. in the national league scene. These issues can be addressed through collaboration and global leadership.”
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“Us I think it’s unlikely it’s sustainable for the game to stay structured this way in the future,” says FICA boss Tom Moffat.
FICA boss Tom Moffat went on to say that the overlap of bilateral series and domestic T20 leagues could see more players turn their backs on international cricket for T20 leagues. He explained:
“Without a coherent global game structure or scheduling windows, currently a full domestic league schedule effectively overlaps on a full international cricket schedule. The best players in the world can only be in so many places at once and we think it’s unlikely the game will stay structured this way in the future.”
Tom Moffat concluded by saying that the structure in which domestic leagues and international cricket can co-exist is a need for an hour before players leave international cricket for leagues.
“With more ‘horizontal’ franchise ownership across multiple national leagues, the signing of players in different leagues is likely to start to reflect that, and naturally any team investing in a player will want to optimize that investment. The game must find a structure in which domestic leagues and international cricket can coexist,” he concluded.
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