Former India skipper and commentator Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday stated that players who play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) don’t try hard while playing for their country. The veteran cricketer, however, stated that the marquee tournament does play a crucial role in transforming the career of the players. And for that, the players need to ensure their fitness for their availability for the tournament, to be able to enjoy the privileges of the IPL contract.
The forthcoming edition of the IPL 2022 is slated to begin from March 27, and as per the reports, BCCI is planning on conducting the entire tournament in Mumbai across three venues: Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, and the DY Patil stadium.
Gavaskar wrote in The Times of India that the interest of people was more in the two-day IPL 2022 Mega auction than the three-match ODI series between India and West Indies.
“The auction is a life-changing one for all the players as it opens doors to a secure future for them and their families. That can also lead to some to not try as hard when playing for their country, especially when the IPL is round the corner, so to speak,” Gavaskar wrote.
“For those who were unlucky, it’s an opportunity to prove that it was a mistake not to pick them, and with more matches and teams in the IPL, there is always an opportunity to be a replacement player.”
“This is to ensure that there is no injury that will prevent them from being fit for the IPL and missing out on the security that an IPL contract guarantees. So the diving and sliding, or the hard throws from the deep, are not attempted for fear of doing some damage that will mean withdrawal from the IPL,” he added.