Indian T20 League franchises are expanding their reach globally by backing other T20 Leagues. These franchises are financially backing the first season of the new T20 League in UAE and South Africa. It is showing that the dominance of the Indian T20 League is getting increased over time.
Now, former Australian wicketkeeper, Adam Gilchrist raised concerns about this dominance as players are looking to consider these leagues. As per recent reports, Australian star batter David Warner is looking to snub this year’s Big Bash League to play in the inaugural season of the new T20 League in UAE.
“It’s getting a little bit dangerous the grip that it’s having to monopolize” – Adam Gilchrist
Speaking to SEN’s Whateley radio show, Gilchrist said that the Indian T20 League’s grip is becoming a little bit dangerous. He said: “It’s getting a little bit dangerous the grip that it’s having to monopolize that ownership and the ownership of the players and their talents and where they can and can’t play.”
He also insisted that more players like David Warner will look to play such leagues in the near future. “They can’t force David Warner to play in BBL. I understand that but to let him then go off – or another player. Let’s not single out Warner because there will be other players on the radar. It’s all part of this global dominance that these Indian T20 League franchises are starting to create given they own a number of teams in the Caribbean Premier League,” Gilchrist added.
However, this former batter also suggested that the Australia Board needs to take an action quickly. “If he (Warner) rides off into the sunset and says, ‘Sorry Australian cricket. I’m going to become a gun for hire for my Indian franchise team in various tournaments’ you can’t question him on that. That’s his prerogative and he’s done everything he needs to get the profile and get that market value. It’s the new younger player coming in that starts to make those noises where it’ll be really challenging.” Gilchrist concluded.