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Players preferring T20 Leagues over national contracts: FICA report

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Lucrative contracts in popular Leagues are being preferred over national contracts, posing a significant threat to quality of international cricket, a Federation of (FICA) report has claimed.

According to Cricinfo, the first global employment report on men's professional cricketers, released by the FICA says the "traditional model is under significant threat from alternative employment" options available in the "new market" as players have evolved their game, a consequence of playing in different T20 leagues.

The report, titled 'Shifting Landscape', is based on responses from 300 cricketers across the world but not from or Pakistan, where there are no associations.

"We are seeing the beginnings of a trend in which annual contracts across all formats of the game, are being declined by players at both domestic and international level worldwide. This 'flight of talent' from the traditional 'vertical' pathway with players moving to where they are increasingly valued, and can build more lucrative careers has the potential to undermine both the quality and value of international cricket, which already sees many top players in the world not playing for their national on a regular basis, or at all," the report said.

The Cricinfo report further said FICA finds that more young players are now taking a "horizontal pathway" - where they travel the world year-round playing various domestic T20 leagues like the and the Big Bash (the two most popular voted by the players).

"That offers them greater financial security and better work-life balance in the absence of a coherent international structure, and is a break from the traditional "vertical pathway" in which a graduates through a domestic system to international

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:50 IST