Michael Clarke Opines Players Play In IPL For Money And Don’t Whinge For Schedule
By CricShots - Nov 16, 2022 4:23 pm
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Australia’s World Cup-winning skipper, Michael Clarke has come up with criticism for Adil Rashid for whinging about the international schedule. England will play three ODIs against Australia starting November 17, three days after their T20 World Cup win. Rashid said it was a ‘shame’ that they have to straightaway start playing a bilateral series after a World Cup win.

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Adil Rashid

Adil Rashid said, “Those kinds of things are a shame. Having a game in three days’ time, it’s horrible. As players, we’re kind of getting used to it now.”

Michael Clarke dragged IPL’s example to state that cricketers can’t complain about international games when they are playing in franchise leagues in India for money when they can easily rest during the off-season.

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As per the quotes in Hindustan Time, Michael Clarke said, “If it was playing in the T20 World Cup and then the next day getting on a plane to depart for the IPL, I don’t think you’d hear anybody whinge. Players can’t complain about the international schedule when they’re taking the opportunity to play domestic cricket as well for franchises for money when you can have that six or eight week off. Then you’d be as fresh as a daisy.”

England’s white-ball team has been in Australia since the first week of October. They played a three-match series against the hosts ahead of the tournament. Clarke agreed that the calendar is hectic but cricketers should be ready for it as it is a full-time job.

Michael Clarke

Michael Clark explained, “I’ve obviously found that very hard. Yes, it’s a mental challenge traveling the world 10 months of the year feeling like you’re playing or training or sitting on an airplane every day, there’s no doubt about it, it’s a full-time job. But you do get breaks on your schedule and when you decide on playing in competitions like the IPL, especially for Australian players, that’s your opportunity to have a break.”

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He further added, “You choose to go and play that, no matter what you feel you cannot publicly complain about it. You’re not going to win that battle.” Rashid, interestingly, has also shown his interest in playing in the IPL. “Yes, I will be putting up my name in the IPL auctions this time,” he said.

The mini-auction ahead of the 2023 edition will take place in December 23 this year and the experienced England leggie can be a hot pick for sides looking to strengthen their spin-bowling department.