India’s campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 was heavily criticised. Especially their humiliating defeat against New Zealand in the semifinal at Adelaide Oval dragged them into hot water. With a lot of frustration due to not winning a World Cup trophy for more than a decade, many cricket experts have targeted the Indian Premier League as the core reason for destroying the rhythm of international cricket.
Since the beginning of IPL in the country, India are struggling to lift the World Cup trophies. The men in blue last won a T20 World Cup in 2007, whereas the IPL kick-started a year later. Although the league is concerned marquee and cash-rich, the experts believe it is failing to benefit T20I cricket by every means.
Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach, Dinesh Lad, is one of the experts to have talked about the adverse effects of playing IPL. According to him, the Indian cricketers should stop prioritising the league if they are willing to win a World Cup trophy.
While talking to SportsKeeda, he said,
“I thought, maybe, in the last seven-eight months, we are not a stable team. If we are preparing for the World Cup, it should be an established team. In the last seven months, somebody is coming to open the innings; somebody is coming to bowl, there is no stability,”
“I don’t think so (on workload management as a potential reason). Everybody in the world is playing because they are professionals, not a workload, you can say. Why are they playing in the IPL? Don’t play the IPL if you want to win the World Cup.
In actual professional grades, they should play every game (at the international level) because we are getting something from that. It’s not an honorary job, and there should be no compromise in international cricket,”
He further added,
“How can I say this (whether players should drop their IPL contracts)? They will have to take a call on that. Because you have been playing for India and for your states continuously, that’s why you are considered for the IPL. Your international performance helps you determine your salary cap (in the IPL). So directly, you don’t get an entry into the IPL,”