Legendary India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar slams England and Australia for blaming IPL for disrupting the international cricket calendar. Gavaskar advised England and Australia to 'look after their interest' and told them not to 'interfere' with the proceedings in Indian cricket.
"...By all means, look after your cricket interests but hey please don’t interfere in ours and tell us what to do. We will look after our interests and do it better than what you tell us to do," Gavaskar wrote in his column for.
Gavaskar called the outcry 'amusing' and said England and Australia started 'squirming' the moment the news about South Africa and UAE leagues came.
"It’s been amusing to read that the Indian Premier League is once again seen as a disruptor of the cricketing calendar of other international teams. The moment the news about the South African T20 league and the UAE T20 league came out, the ‘old powers’ started squirming and got their apologists to have a go at the IPL," he wrote.
"The England & Wales Cricket Board has created a window for its showpiece event The Hundred when the England team don’t play any international matches.
"The Australians, too, have scheduled their Big Bash when their contracted players will be available to play. But it’s worrying them that the UAE and the South African T20 leagues are scheduled around the same time and there’s the danger of some of their players opting to play there instead of the Big Bash," Gavaskar added.
Gavaskar, the first batter to score 10000 Test runs, highlighted how Indian teams were not invited regularly in the past but things changed once cricket started to gain popularity in India.