Cricket news 2022: Pat Cummins allegedly offered Indian leagues cashed in millions

In what should serve as a chilling wake-up call for cricket administrators, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins has reportedly been targeted by cashed ‘mini-IPLs’ offering seven-figure sums for T20 cameo appearances.

Earlier this week, The Daily Telegraph reported that state BCCI associations create cashed-in “city-based leagues” funded by local marketing deals and broadcast rights deals.

According to the News Corp report, Cummins has rejected million dollar offers from several of the T20 leagues offered in Indian cities.

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speaking tone AAP this week, Cummins stressed that representing Australia remained his No. 1 priority, but knowledgeable players would continue to be approached with high paying opportunities in the future.

The 29-year-old pacemaker called on Cricket Australia to “be proactive” and ensure control is not lost for the franchise leagues.

“These opportunities are huge and they are popping up more and more often,” he said.

“I think it’s just up to us as a sport in Australia to make sure we have a very strong vision of what we want Australian cricket to look like for the next five or ten years.

“So now what’s the next step, because these things are going to keep popping up, so take the lead, be proactive.

“We all want Australian cricket to stay number one, so how do we manage all these different competing interests to try and keep it that way?

“Playing for your country, international cricket right now is still number one for pretty much everyone, especially here in Australia, but we can’t take that for granted.

“We have to make sure it stays that way and it’s in the planning and the payment and in the vision of what it means to be an Australian cricketer.

“So this is all in front of us, it’s exciting and we will work together to make sure it stays that way.”

The formation of private T20 leagues, such as South Africa’s SA20 and UAE’s ILT20, is already having a noticeable impact on the establishment of cricket.

Last month, New Zealand paceman Trent Boult has been granted a release from his national contract so he could spend more time with his family and make himself available for high-paying national tournaments, like the Big Bash League.

It was an unprecedented deal, a historic moment for New Zealand cricket, but Cummins predicted other top players would follow.

“I think realistically more and more people are going to go down this road for a variety of reasons, so I think we have to be aware of that,” he told News Corp reporters at the cricket launch. Kayo’s summer at SCG last week.

“There are times when you want your Australian players to play big tournaments even if it means missing a format.

“I think you’ll see a lot more flexibility around that over the years – how exactly that plays out, I don’t know.

“We’re all prioritizing playing for Australia at the moment, that’s what we love to do, but realistically there are a lot of other opportunities that come up against each other sometimes.”

Cummins, who missed Australia’s recent clean-ball series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand in North Queensland due to workload management, is set to feature in Tuesday night’s first T20 against Australia. India at Mohali.

It’s the first of nine games Aaron Finch’s men will play before the start of the T20 World Cup on home soil next month.

“I really want to play a lot, so heading into the World Cup I feel like my game is in great shape,” Cummins told reporters on Sunday.

“This World Cup is when we want to peak, so I think we’ll find that balance between making sure we’re ready but not overcooked for the start of the World Cup.

“I’ve probably been feeling my best for a year or two, my body is fresh, I feel like I could have had a mini pre-season.

“In terms of mindset, I feel really fresh and ready to get stuck in, so it was a great break, a few worries are fine.

“There will be ongoing management, some of these things only get worse if you don’t get that little window, so they’re all as good as they’ve been for a while.”

The first T20 between India and Australia kicks off at Inderjit Singh Bindra Stadium on Tuesday night, with the first ball scheduled for midnight AEST.

Originally published as Australian Tests captain Pat Cummins reportedly offered millions to Indian leagues cashed in