Sydney, Jun 3: Former Australia cricketer Brendan McArdle believes the cash-rich Indian Premier League has a massive influence on cricketers. Citing example of England batsman Kevin Pietersen's shocking retirement, McArdle said players are tempted to play in the Twenty 20 competitions to earn more money in less time.
"Pietersen has been restless for some time. He has always argued his right to play in the IPL, and has emphasized the need for a window to be created in the English calendar to accommodate it," McArdle wrote in his column for The Age.
Pietersen retired from limited-overs format, which shows his stubbornness to play in the lucrative IPL and on his return to England, was sick of justifying his IPL stint to the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
"But that's easier said than done. Much to the angst of some, he flitted off to India to play for the Delhi Daredevils just a few weeks ago, blasted some highly impressive runs and returned just days before the first Test, announcing to the assembled media that he was sick of having to justify his actions to them,” he added.
"There are worrying implications from all of this. Pietersen wanted to continue to play T20 internationals as well as Test cricket, but the ECB stipulates that if you make yourself unavailable for one form of limited-overs cricket you are automatically ineligible for the other," he further said.
McArdle further said that Pietersen is not the only player to choose a particular format, "Of course, Pietersen is not alone in picking and choosing which format of the game to play - Andrew Strauss only plays Tests - and Australia has had the likes of Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Brad Hodge and even Shane Warne make similar choices.
"The influence of the IPL in most of these decisions is massive. Players will always choose maximum income from a minimal time commitment if they have the chance," he said.