If there is no World Cup, there should be no IPL: Allan Border
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia from next October. But due to coronavirus, the Indian Premier League (IPL) could not be started last March, so now there are rumors that the tournament will be held in place of the World Cup.
The Australian players themselves are defending the IPL. Some of them say that it is better to do IPL than to do T20 World Cup without spectators. Some people say that it would not be right to host the World Cup in the midst of so many restrictions, let alone the IPL. The point is, since cricketers make a lot of money playing in the IPL, most of them want the Indian franchise not to cancel the cricket league.
Legendary former Australian captain Allan Border is furious at these conversations. He can’t accept that domestic tournaments will prevail before a global tournament.
“I can’t be happy at all,” Border said on ABC Radio. “The global one should be given priority over the domestic tournament. And if there is no T20 World Cup, then I don’t think there should be IPL.”
Why the IPL is being given priority, the blunt Border did not stop saying that. He said,
“I want to question this decision, it’s just for the money, isn’t it, that’s the point? Of course, the T20 World Cup should be considered first.”
And if the IPL can’t be stopped, then the boards should stop their players to play at the tournament. Border is giving such advice. In the words of the Aussie legend, “The road will be closed. India will continue the game. Such a decision is very close. But I think if you have control of 80 per cent income of world cricket, you have to say fairly – which should be. That’s what I mean.”
He added, “But I don’t think world cricket should be allowed to be like that. If it (IPL) cannot be stopped, then the boards should stop sending players to IPL. India cannot take the place where the international game is supposed to take place. It will send the wrong message.”