Star cricketer Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Jason Holder, and Shakib Al Hasan are set to headline the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction for the 2023 edition of the cash-rich league. Not just overseas stars but household names from Indian cricket including the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, and Jaydev Unadkat are also capable of sparking bidding wars among the 10 teams at the IPL 2023 auction in Kochi on December 23.
As domestic cricket’s greatest spectacle is poised to return for another spectacular season, former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has made a tough decision about the acclaimed tournament. A former Australian cricketer and full-time cricket expert, he shared his views on why the IPL is hurting Indian cricket in a video posted to Instagram.
“I think it is (IPL affecting Indian cricket) because the young players that are coming through the system are more focused on playing T20 IPL cricket because there is probably a little more cash in it, it’s a short form, it’s quick and you get the game done and dusted. It seems a bit like easier money,” Hogg said.
With seven Tests, 124 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 15 T20Is in Australia, Hogg has experience playing with IPL giants Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The former Australian bowler believes that the younger generation is not keen on playing the longer formats of the game since the advent of the world’s richest T20 tournament.
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“When they look at this T20 cricket scenario, they don’t look at the long form. They don’t know how bowlers set up batters to take wickets and how batters build their innings to bat for long periods of time. It is not so much the generations that are playing international cricket right now like the Virat Kohli’s and Rohit Sharma’s. Its younger players that are just debuting for India that are most affected,” Hogg added.