Galle International Stadium
The Galle International Stadium hosted Aravinda de Silva.

However, ex-Sri Lanka captain Aravinda de Silva believes that the Indian Premier League and other T20 leagues have had a positive impact on cricket.

India should enable its best players to play in competitions outside of their country, according to former Sri Lanka captain Aravinda de Silva. Cricket’s trendiest property, the Indian Premier League, has attracted top international players like England’s Jos Buttler and Australia’s David Warner to play in the high-octane two-month jamboree for millions. After a distinguished career that included a World Cup victory in 1996, Aravinda Mendis compared the current state of T20 cricket in England to the late nineteenth century, when great players from around the world came to the country to hone their skills and acquire experience.

English cricketers had an advantage over their opponents in the 1990s because of “the county cricket of those days,” according to the 56-year-old, who played for Kent in England.

IPL, Big Bash, or Hundred and T20 Blitz in England are tournaments that help players to progress.”

There have been numerous competitions based on the Indian Premier League, which began in 2008.

A media rights auction recently revealed a value for the IPL of $6.2 billion, or $15 million each game, making it more valuable than the English Premier League, which is worth $11 million per game.

As Aravinda pointed out, it’s in everyone’s best interest if India allows smaller nations to profit from the wealth created by the IPL while also raising worldwide standards of play.

As Aravinda noted, the IPL effectively has a stranglehold on the major leagues due to the fact that Indian cricketers are not permitted to compete in other leagues.

“As a result, the worldwide game will likely be affected if the standard continues to deteriorate and no serious competition arises.

Rich prizes in the IPL

“It’s a disadvantage for the game of cricket if (India) doesn’t find a way to support the other countries and bring them up to the levels of support that the game presently requires.

In order to avoid a situation like Zimbabwe and South Africa, the ICC must ensure that the development of these countries is carried out in a way that ensures that they continue to improve. Otherwise, we don’t want to end up in a situation like that.

Individually, Sri Lankan players have experienced the benefits of the IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore paid $1.42 million for leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who finished the 10-team tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker.

Aravinda also lauded Pakistan for putting up a spectacular show despite a lack of exposure and resources with the Pakistan Super League, which was last contested in 2021 with five teams captained by Sri Lankan players such as Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella in charge.

In the first of a two-match Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka is down 1-0, but Aravinda is sure that his team can rally in the second match, which begins on Friday in Galle. Aravinda:

The Australian team’s tour of Sri Lanka, which included a five-match ODI series and two Tests, brought some happiness to the country’s citizens, who are currently in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis.

According to Aravinda, “Even with all of these challenges, we had some packed houses during the one-day series.”

“(I am) grateful to the Australians for their decision to visit Sri Lanka and bring cheer to the locals. It was just great. They have my utmost respect and thanks.”

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