With the advent of franchise-based T20 league, the list of freelancer cricketers has been increasing day by day. Cricketers are complaining about the pressure of playing international cricket. But as franchise-based T20 league across the country has flourished talented cricketers plying their trade in T20 league. The influence of T20 cricket cut short of many cricketers’ international careers, especially they are complaining aginst playing five-days long Test cricket as according to them it takes a toll on their body. So, most of the cricketers when enters the wrong side of 30 they become worried about their future.So they ply trade across the world to earn money for future. Some of them even seem don’t owe anything to their cricket board. And some imminent players are out of favour by their cricket board.
Here is the list of 10 freelance cricketers
Gayle is one of the great entertainers of cricket for his explosive batting style. He did not take retirement from any form of the game. But for the last couple of years, he has become the biggest name in franchise based T20 cricket league. For him, West Indies Cricket Board does not a matter. He managed no objection certificate from his board even during West Indies’ tour of Australia. When Gayle was hammering bowlers, West Indies Test team were not capable of giving any fight to Australia.
Gayle plays his trade across India, Bangladesh, Australia, and in Carribean Premier League.
This cricket star has been thrown out from the England team after being involved in clamour with players and coach. So, he has the only option to enjoy the game playing in franchise-based T20 league across the world. He is currently playing for Melbourne Stars in Big Bash T20 league. He also played in Indian Premier league, Carribean Premier League, Ram Slam in South Africa and NatWest T20 Blast in England.
Sri Lankan bowler has taken retirement from Test cricket in 2010 in a bid to longer his career. He only plays the T20 and ODI for Sri Lanka. But, to earn big sum he plies his trade in Indian Premier League, Sri Lankan Premier League, Carribean Premier League and in Big Bash T20 league.
This Pakistani bowler has last played a Test match in 2007 and limited over cricket in 2010. He was out of favour since then. He was not considered for Pakistan national side. So, for livelihood, he had to play in Bangladesh Premier League, KFC Big Bash, and for Derbyshire in England. Now as the Masters Cricket League, a T20 tournament for retired cricketers came in the foray he took retirement to ply his trade in the league where legendary cricketers like Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag will play.
This West Indies all-rounder has not given any contract by West Indies Cricket Board. Bravo in 2014 series in India denied playing in the Dharamsala ODI as WICB failed to solve the financial problem with players. Captain Bravo since then never played for West Indies. However, it helps Bravo’s cause as a freed Bravo now earning better money from playing in Big Bash when demoralised West Indies slumped to defeat against Australia. Bravo is a terrific all-rounder. He can win match both with bat and ball. In India Premier League he used to play for now defunct Chennai super Kings, in Big Bash in has been playing for Melbourne Renegades. And in Caribbean Premier League he plays for his home side Trinidad and Tobago. It will have to see whether he get a chance in World T20 or not.
Injured Pollard is out of Big Bash League. Keiron Pollard has given a contract by West Indies Cricket Board, although he was with Bravo to decide not to play against India in the Dharamsala ODI. But, he is one of the talented West Indies players who does not care about national duty as he plies his trade across the countries to earn money.
He was captain of West Indies T20 team when they have won the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka. But, now he does not get any contract from WICB board. But, it will make any difference to his bank balance as he will earn hefty money from playing in Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier League. Like Gayle and other West Indies’ famous cricketers they also earned the NOC from WICB.
He has been in tremendous form. He played the All Star T20 League as an in-form batsman. But he decided to bid adieu the game to play in English County, Big bash and other retired cricketers’ tournaments. In Sri Lanka, the flow of talented cricketers is very slow. Captain Angelo Mathews has requested Sangakkara to continue but the legendary batsman retired and now he is plying his trade in franchise-based T20 league across the globe.
Jayawardene has retired from cricket Test cricket in 2014 and bade the limited over cricket goodbye after the 2015 World Cup. He also likes Kumar Sangakkara ply his trade in franchise based T20 formats across the country. He recently played in All Star T20 league in the USA and now he will play in Masters League T20 in UAE.
The 27-year-old West Indies player has played 1 Test 51 ODI and 35 T20 for West Indies. But, as he showed his potential to the world as a hard-hitting batsman and utility bowler he grabbed a good deal from Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL and Sydney Thunders in Big Bahs league T20. But, during West Indies’ defeat to Sri Lanka in both ODI and Test series he was playing Big bash not for is country.
For West Indies, players their Cricket Board has become a way to show the World that they are an outstanding player and gain a deal from a franchise. As they get a franchise they forget West Indies Cricket Board.
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