Former Australian captain Allan Border is not happy with the reports emerging which states that the IPL is going to replace the T20 World Cup in October-November. It is reported that it is going to be tough for the ICC and Cricket Australia to host the global event and the IPL might be able to take the slot. However, Border believes that T20 World Cup should take precedence over the local tournament.
The 1987 World Cup-winning captain feels it would send a wrong message to the cricket world if the glamorous T20 league is hosted in place of the World Cup.
It will send a wrong message to the cricket world – Allan Border.
However, the T20 World Cup is under dark clouds as 15 teams will need to travel to Australia. In fact, the Australian government has barred travel restriction till mid-September.
The final call on the T20 World Cup is expected to take place at the ICC general board meeting on May 28.
“[I’m] not happy with that, the world game should take precedence over local competition,” Border told abc.net.au.
“I would question that decision [to replace it] — it’s just a money grab, isn’t it, that one?
“The World T20 should take precedence, for sure.”
Border understands that BCCI has its monopoly in the cricket world but he feels the game can not afford replacement of the T20 World Cup by IPL. The former southpaw batsman has suggested that the boards should not allow their players to travel to India for the IPL.
Home boards should not let their players go for the IPL – Allan Border.
“They’re pretty close to it now, but I suppose if you’re responsible for 80 percent of global [cricket] income, you’re going to have a fair say in what goes on, I get that,” Border said.
“But I think the world game can’t allow that to happen.
“The home boards should stop their players going to the IPL if that’s the case.
On the other hand, it is reported that the official announcement of the postponement of the T20 World Cup will be made next week. However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has confirmed that the Indian board won’t push for the postponement of the global event and they will leave the call to be taken by ICC and Cricket Australia.