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Monday, August 2, 2021

T20 leagues serious threat to international cricket: Faf du Plessis, former South African captain

By PTI

ABU DHABI: Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis feels the T20 leagues around the world are a major threat to international cricket. He said the administrators of the game need to find a good balance between leagues and international cricket.

“T20 leagues are a threat to international cricket. The power of the leagues is growing year by year and of course there can only be 2 leagues around the world in the beginning and now it becomes 4,5, 6,7 leagues in a “The leagues are only getting stronger,” he said in a virtual media interaction with the PSL.

“I think it’s important that you try in the future to see how that can be possible, because it could be a choice to move forward in the future, then it could be a real threat to the international game, he adds.

Du Plessis, who will play for Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, which resumes here on June 9 after COVID-forced postponement, said if the guardians of the game do not take corrective action now, international cricket is in danger of losing to domestic leagues in the future, just like football.

“It’s a big challenge. In ten years’ time cricket can be almost like football where you have world events, and in between these leagues around the world where players can play,” said the South African batsman.

Du Plessis cited the example of West Indies players such as Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, saying that many current players prefer to become forward freelance cricketers, which will be a huge loss for their respective national teams.

“If I take someone like me, you’re going to play 2 or 3 or 4 leagues around the world, but I can not predict the future. There are more and more players … (who want to play in T20 leagues). West India are probably the first team to start doing that. All their guys have moved from the international team to the T20 domestic track. So the West Indies team has lost many of their key players. It is also starting to happen to South Africa, he said. .

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