Over the last year or so, the IPL’s marketing/propaganda has been accepted to such an extent that players and journalists the world over have been lauding it as cricket not just called Twenty20, but from the year 2020 – way ahead of its time.
You can’t help but learn in that kind of environment, everyone says. All the players who play international cricket suddenly seem to get twice as good when they join an IPL side and their team mates get twice as good as a result of the internationals’ presence. Then the internationals learn from their innovative colleagues and before you know it, Don Bradman’s an underachiever and Malcolm Marshall’s a bowling novice.
Which makes it refreshing to hear India coach, Gary Kirsten, say the following:
“IPL is a domestic competition, a club competition in many respects. Whilst you have international players in the team, you’ve got first-class cricketers making up the rest. There was a reasonably big gap between what is happening at IPL and what is happening internationally and that is only natural.”
We like the IPL, but we are massively, hugely against it coming to be considered as more significant than international cricket.