Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has called on senior players to offer the Indian Premier League (IPL) a miss if the dates of the rescheduled T20 tournament clash with the country's domestic competitions. With the coronavirus forcing the sports world into a shutdown, the IPL has been postponed until further notice. But there are speculations that the tournament might be organized in September-October this year.
Chappell believes that if a rescheduled IPL clashes with Australia's Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup, a minimum of the senior international players should stay back and play the domestic competitions.
"Well this is often coming from someone who's never been a lover of the board, but the highest players are taken care of alright by Cricket Australia lately , so i feel there's an obligation there," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
"It's also an opportunity to face up and say the cricket world isn't getting to be pushed around by India.
"I could mount a case more for a peripheral player who doesn't earn tons of cash in Australia; if the majority of his income goes to return from the IPL, well that's something i might have some sympathy for if i used to be a CA member .
"But the highest players are well paid, which argument doesn't hold any water. Their obligation should be to Australia."
IPL and T20 World Cup
With the T20 World Cup in October-November looking increasingly likely to be postponed, some news reports have claimed that the IPL could take that spot. Chappell believes that if the BCCI wants to, it surely will.
"The very first thing you recognize is that the BCCI will win," he said.
"They'll get their way if they need to play in October. At now it appears to me that the probabilities of the T20 World Cup going ahead are somewhere between Buckley's and none.
"With numerous countries, I just think it might be logistically way too difficult, but that's purely a cricketer talking, not a medical person or someone with experience running a tournament like that.
"But it seems to me with 16 teams to stress about it's likely to be too hard, and if the BCCI want the IPL to require that slot they'll probably get their way."
Chappell also ignored any concept if star players like Steve Smith, David Warner and Pat Cummins chose to skip the IPL, BCCI would retaliate by not touring Australia for the 4-Test series.
"Well the BCCI might attempt to retaliate, but it might be pretty stupid, because aside from Australia and India there aren't too many good Test-playing countries," he said.
"To me, bully-boy tactics never work long-term, they could add the short-term, but that's it.
"It's time someone within the cricket world had the center to face up to India and say 'if that is the way you would like to play, that's fine, we'll find somebody else .'
"Sure it might be an entire lot of cash down the drain, which at this stage would be difficult to swallow, but this is often a chance to point out the remainder of the cricket world that there is somebody prepared to face up to India, and it is time that a touch of sense came into the scheduling."
Kohli and Shastri won't support
Chappell added that any such arm-wringing wouldn't find support from the Indian team captain Virat Kohli, and coach Ravi Shastri.
"I'm not convinced that India would go down that route," he said.
"I do not know the thinking of the BCCI board, but i feel if they tried that on, they'd get serious kickback from Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.
"Kohli strikes me because the kind of player who wants to challenge himself at every opportunity. He beat Australia here last time, he wouldn't want to throw away the chance to now beat a full-strength Australian team.
"I think Kohli would be mightily annoyed if the Indian board went down that route.
"I also know Ravi pretty much , and that i skills competitive he's ."