So will players stop playing international cricket, why is McDonald’s new coach of Australia worried?

Melbourne: Australia head coach Andrew McDonald has admitted that the ever-increasing T20 cricket landscape will see some players moving out of the national team and into franchise cricket in the next few years. Australian cricketers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other global leagues. In football, players focus on the league more than the international match.

A report in the Sydney Morning Herald said Australia’s new head coach fears some big players could be dropped from the national team to play in the lucrative league. McDonald’s is quoted in the report as saying, “If you look closely, there will be some big changes in the next four years.” McDonald said, ‘When a player does that, you don’t know what’s going on. The way players have looked after themselves physically over the past decade makes it feel like they can potentially play. But whether they choose to play IPL, international cricket or just certain formats, it needs to be discussed.

The billion-dollar IPL media rights are a reminder that the lucrative league will only expand. McDonald has coached in leagues like Big Bash League (BBL), IPL and The Hundred. He said, ‘Covid has allowed us to come in contact with players, big teams. So we have more players understanding, which helps in bridging the gap. The way this program is, we can’t do everything for everyone at every point. So there are opportunities for other players as well.