Indian Premier League is one of the biggest sporting events of the world and players from all over the world like to play in the league as they earn huge in terms of both – exposure and fee. However Micheal Clarke, the former Australian cricketer, said something in regard to IPL and Australian players which didn’t go well with many people from the cricket fraternity.
Micheal Clarke is of the opinion that Australian players have been less aggressive against Virat Kohli and other Indian cricketers because they don’t want to spoil the chance of getting big fat IPL contract. However, his statement was contradicted by the Australian skipper Tim Paine as well as some other cricketers.
Now the former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman has given his opinion on this matter. While speaking in a TV show, Laxman says that he completely disagrees with what Clarke said. Laxman who is a mentor of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) states that a player doesn’t get selected in the team just because he is being nice to an Indian player.
VVS Laxman who has been associated with IPL since the inaugural season says that as a mentor, he also takes part in auctions and only those foreign players are bought who are playing well for their country and who can be of value to the franchise. He clearly says that friendship with any Indian player won’t help in getting an IPL contract.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start on March 29 but it was postponed till April 15 after there was an increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the country. And now the tournament has been postponed till May 3 as the Indian government has extended the lockdown till that time. In addition, BCCI will take the final decision regarding IPL only after May 3.
Do you agree with Micheal Clarke or you think what VVS Laxman has said is correct? Let us know your views in this connection.