England and New Zealand the hardest hit February 28, 2008

Waugh fears IPL and ICL exodus

Cricinfo staff

Lou Vincent: the latest loss to New Zealand cricket © Getty Images
Steve Waugh has said that England and New Zealand stand to lose the most from the rise of India's official and unofficial Twenty20 leagues, as well as voicing his concern over the power of India's administrators.

Waugh was speaking shortly after Lou Vincent became the latest player to turn his back on New Zealand and sign for the ICL. "They have lost five or six players to the rebel Twenty20 and they can't afford to lose their players," Waugh said. "They haven't got the depth. England are up and down, I'm not sure where they are going. Again, if they lose players to that rebel league it's going to affect them.

"You can't have one or two sides dominating ... no-one's going to turn up and watch. If the rebel league continues, you are going to lose a lot of players from Test cricket and probably from county cricket as well because they are going to get offers, and that is going to affect English cricket."

With regard to India's administrators, Waugh said they have power "because they have money and they have influence and they can determine what is being played where and against who. Whoever is running Indian cricket has a big responsibility to make sure the traditions of the game are kept as well."