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At a time when the popularity of Twenty20 cricket leagues is on an incline, Osman Samiuddin, writing in the National, says that the T20 cricketer is not always in sync with national pride as he must choose between club or country. It’s a choice that is difficult, as many boards can’t compete with what franchises pay.
If a player chooses a Twenty20 league over a national commitment then he must also be prepared to be dropped and not be considered for national selection. That must work both ways. Chris Gayle has chosen to come back - for now - which perhaps shows cricket to have lately underestimated the pull of national representation.