May 11, 2012

Global game causes modern problems

Carlyle Laurie

A modern cricketer has so many options to choose from, first there’s county cricket, then the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash League, the Bangladesh Premier League and soon the Sri Lanka Premier League. Former England captain Alec Stewart, writing on bbc.co.uk, says the global nature of cricket has caused several modern problems.

I appreciate that players can make decent money playing the IPL, so I would love to see the organisers and the ICC come together and try to find a window so that the IPL takes place when there is no international cricket being played.

While it's good news for the Windies that Chris Gayle will be available for their English tour, it is bad news for Somerset that he now will not be able to play Twenty20, and I have certain sympathies for them. To lose a player of his calibre at a relatively late stage is not easy.

Another modern issue is that because of the IPL and the amount of international cricket that is played, it is now quite unusual to see a county have the same overseas player for the entire season.

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