Reuters – NEW DELHI, May 2 (Reuters) – England stumper-batsman Jos Buttler has said there is nothing wrong with cricketers wanting to specialise in a particular format and believes the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) has changed the “climate” of the sport considerably.

Summary

  • NEW DELHI, May 2 (Reuters) – England stumper-batsman Jos Buttler has said there is nothing wrong with cricketers wanting to specialise in a particular format and believes the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) has changed the “climate” of the sport considerably.
  • Test, or red-ball, cricket’s slide in priority for many players is a concern for traditionalists and a recent report by the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) said young players were putting their Twenty20 ambitions above national contracts.
  • Buttler also said players should not be criticised for looking to maximise their earnings in tournaments like the IPL.
  • “The climate of cricket has changed a lot with the IPL and the money the tournament offers,” said Buttler, who earned 44 million Indian rupees ($659,274) in this year’s players auction after being bought by Rajasthan Royals.
  • (England coach) Trevor Bayliss, in particular, who had success (in IPL) with Kolkata Knight Riders as the head coach, knows how important it is for the success of players.”


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