Allan Border feels countries should stop their players getting to IPL if the league replaces T20 World Cup
With speculations surrounding the rescheduling of the T20 World Cup and IPL 2020 doing the rounds, former Australian captain Allan Border feels that the Indian domestic league cannot be given precedence over the worldwide tournament. There are talks recently that a prospective postponement of the T20 World Cup in Australia thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic might open a window for the IPL to be held within the September-October period.
While major sports events all across the planet including the Tokyo Olympics remain suspended, doubts are raised on organising the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to run from October 18 to November 15 this year at various venues across Australia. Recent news reports have suggested that the now-postponed IPL might be held within the same window as that of the planet Cup if the latter is rescheduled. Border isn't exactly proud of the arrangement.
"[I'm] not proud of that, the planet game should take precedence over an area competition. So, the planet T20, if that can't plow ahead , i do not think the IPL can plow ahead ," Border said on ABC's Grandstand Cafe radio program.
"I would question that call [to replace it] — it's just a money grab, isn't it, that one?
"The World T20 should take precedence, for sure."
Border also felt that if the IPL were allowed to exchange the T20 World Cup , it might set a nasty precedent for the planet game. He also suggested that if this plan goes ahead, countries and their cricket boards should bar their players from participating within the cash-rich T20 league as a mark of protest.
"That would be just shut the gate, you know, India running the sport .
"They're pretty on the brink of it now, but I suppose if you're liable for 80 percent of worldwide [cricket] income, you are going to possess a good say in what goes on, i buy that," Border said.
"But i feel the planet game can't allow that to happen. the house boards should stop their players getting to the IPL if that is the case.
"I don't think you'll have India superseding what the international game has in situ . that might be taking place the incorrect path."