49 percent of international cricketers willing to turn down national contracts for T20 tournaments: Survey

The cricket ecosystem is witnessing a paradigm shift with a large number of international cricketers saving India turning down their respective country’s hub contracts to become free agents for their respective countries. T20 tournament globally, the world player body FICA stated in its annual report. It should be mentioned that the Indian players’ body is not under the auspices of FICA but the sample survey did not include Indian cricketers. According to the latest report, “49% would consider turning down the center contract if they were paid more to play in the domestic leagues”.

There is a growing debate that over 50 cricket is rapidly losing relevance and the survey shows that the percentage of cricketers who still think the ODI World Cup is the most important event in the ICC calendar has decreased. significantly.

“54% still consider the World Cup over 50 years old as the pinnacle ICC event, although this is down significantly from 86% in the 2018/19 FICA survey,” the report said.

FICA, in its report, separated the current employment scenario of cricketers into three distinct categories — Traditional Market, Mixed Market, Freelance Market.

The split is 18% in the traditional market, it’s about the player having the main domestic/international contract. The Mixed Market, which includes major domestic/international contracts as well as overseas domestic contracts (T20 leagues, districts), has 42% cricket players while the most alarming increase is at 42%. Free agency market accounts for 40%.

The free agent market only involves a variety of domestic and foreign contracts (local T20 leagues as well as other global T20 leagues).

Interestingly, the inference drawn from this trend is that the traditional market consists of only Indian players as they are not allowed to play T20 tournaments abroad.

“It’s a growing trend for players to move into either combo agency or free agency status, with 82% of the top 100 players from the T20 Player Index now in this category. 40% of the row T20 players. world leader does not currently have a center contract with the top nine cricket nations,” the report said.

“Most of the best players in the world are currently in the combined/free agency market. The percentages plotted above only reflect players with central/country contracts in the top 100. of the T20 Player Index. Almost all of the ‘traditional’ 18 percent come from India, highlighting restrictions on these players that prevent participation in domestic tournaments abroad, ” it added.

Huge difference in exposure to international cricket

The report said countries ranked 1-9 on the ICC list played 81.5 days of international cricket in 2021 while countries ranked 10-20 played an average of 21.5 days.

There were 485 international matches in 2021 alone, 195 more than the 290 that took place in 2020 due to COVID-19 but still significantly lower than the 522 played globally in 2019.

Mohammed Rizwan with 80 calendar days in 2021 has the highest international cricket workload while Rishabh Quần Pants with 75 days being the highest for Indians. In the middle, there is Original Joe with 78 days of cricket in 2021.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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