Jump to content
  • entries
  • comments
  • views

‘Doesn’t Mean They Are Unpatriotic’ Cricket SA Boss Gets Real About IPL’s Impact On SA Players



With the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to begin in less than 10 days, the soon-to-be chief executive of Cricket South Africa Pholetsi Moseki has opened up about the positive impact of the tournament on the careers and future of the various South Africa players who get picked by one of the 10 franchises.

Over the course of time, a lot of international critics have said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have been throwing their weight around the International Cricket Council and influencing the bilateral schedules of international teams in order to fit in the IPL nicely within their calendars so that the best of the players from all over the world are available to play.

Mickey Arthur has suggested England players to stop participating in IPL to improve their Red Ball game.

— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 16, 2022

2 months is way too long for IPL every year. It should either be one month long or played every other year.

— R (@_rivj) March 13, 2022

They are making a big mistake by increasing the number of teams & matches in #IPL. Money is big but the motivation to win & quality of cricket will eventually go down. More foreign players will pull-out. Tournament is too long.

— Arslan (@ArslanTahir) March 11, 2022

The criticism grew stronger when two more franchises were included within the growing grasp of the league which meant that the duration of the tournament was also going to increase, leaving even less time for other bilateral series to take place globally.

Moseki, on the other hand, has moved beyond these issues of calling out the Indian T20 league about how long it is going to be from the 2022 season onwards. There isn’t any sort of criticism that is coming out of his mouth regarding the tournament or the Indian cricket board, because of one simple reason - the financial sustainability of the South African players.

English players pulling out from the IPL citing bubble-fatigue issues…after making themselves available knowing fully well what they were signing up for…might make the IPL teams skeptical about looking in their direction in the future.

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 11, 2022

As the next leader of all of the cricket in South Africa, one of the major concerns for Moseki would be to generate enough money for their top-tier players. The kind of sums that these athletes earn within a single season of the IPL is often good enough to set them up for life and the CSA executive is thankful for that.

Many of the cricketers who decided to not play for their national teams only to appear in the IPL have also been called out for choosing money over patriotism but Moseki sees absolutely no problem with it.

“The amount of money players make at the IPL is good for their post-cricket careers and livelihoods. It's a delicate balance. The players take playing for the country very seriously. So if a player goes to the IPL [instead of turning out for the national team] it doesn't mean they think less of the country or they are less patriotic," he said in a press conference on Wednesday while defending the players for going to the league to secure a nice life for their families and themselves.

View the full article


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Join the conversation

You are posting as a guest. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...