NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has expressed his disappointment over the absence of England gamers from the IPL 2024 playoffs as a result of nationwide commitments, highlighting a rising concern within the cricketing world. In stark distinction to Sunil Gavaskar, who has proposed monetary penalties, Akram believes that reducing salaries is not going to resolve the problem.
Chatting with Sportskeeda, Akram said, “When you minimize salaries, will it have an effect on something in case your staff would not win after reaching the playoffs? You’ve got put in all of the arduous work and within the final hurdle, your boys go away as a result of they must play for the nation. It is not truthful.”

He emphasised the significance of full-season availability for gamers in any T20 league, together with the IPL, Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL), or Massive Bash League (BBL).

“That is what you play for. That is why it is irritating not only for followers however house owners, and captains of the groups for any league. So, I agree with Irfan [Pathan], come for all the event in any other case do not come,” Akram added.

Akram additionally criticized the England Cricket Board (ECB) for not issuing full No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to its gamers, inflicting disruptions for the IPL groups.
In distinction, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, writing in his column for Mid-Day, took a unique strategy, suggesting that monetary penalties ought to be imposed on each gamers and their boards.
“I’m all for gamers selecting nation earlier than anything however having assured varied franchises about their availability for the complete season, in the event that they pull out now, will probably be letting down the franchises which most likely pay them extra money in a single IPL season which they do not earn in a number of seasons with their nation,” Gavaskar wrote. “The franchises shouldn’t solely be allowed to deduct a considerable quantity from the charge that the participant was purchased for, but in addition not give the Board, to which the participant belongs, the said 10 % fee of the charge that every participant will get.”

SRH are one of many contenders: Akram

Akram, whereas discussing the prospects of IPL 2024 groups, highlighted Sunrisers Hyderabad as sturdy contenders as a result of their full squad availability.
“Fortunately, SRH did not decide England gamers. They’re undoubtedly one of many contenders. The best way their enjoying XI is and the style during which they play. They’ve all of the gamers, so that may give them the additional enhance,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, Akram expressed considerations over Rajasthan Royals’ possibilities within the playoffs because of the absence of key participant Jos Buttler, who has been instrumental with two match-winning centuries this season.
“They [Rajasthan Royals] would possibly wrestle. There can be an enormous distinction after Jos Buttler’s departure. Will probably be each within the enjoying XI in addition to psychological. I hope they overcome it. If they do not, they will not win the trophy. So, it is a do-or-die for them,” Akram added.


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