Whilst money matters are provocative and alluring cricketers from around the globe, Indian Premier League has negative impacts upon cricket’s ecosystem in general, believes former England skipper Michael Atherton.
Atherton said IPL is disrupting cricket despite the richness and opportunities that has been provided by the cash rich league to young cricketers.
Atherton, who was speaking during the launch of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s book ‘A century is not enough’ at Lord’s in the United Kingdom.
When he was asked about the threat of new T20 leagues imposed to Test cricket, Atherton said as quoted by the Press Trust of India, “Like any other industry, cricket has been disrupted. IPL has been a disruptive event, giving players options and opportunities.”
“We still sell Test cricket well here in England. The grounds in India may look empty (during Test matches) but we have to bear in mind that those are much larger grounds. The game has always adapted and will continue to do so. I remain optimistic about the future,” he added.
In past, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly suggested that day-night Tests were the way to revive interest in the five-day game.
“It is difficult for working people to spend the whole day away from work at a cricket ground,” the former India skipper stated.
Former Sri Lanka stalwart Kumar Sangakkara was a part of the discussion too and he mentioned the need for Test cricket to become financially viable in the modern times.
“There is still a great love for Test cricket. But everything evolves and moves on. We just have to change our mindset,” the Sri Lankan said.