With the amount of cricket being played these days, there are bound to be issues raised about players’ workload. The fact remains that the financial rewards on offer for playing in T20 leagues around the world are hard to ignore for most players. Last year, former Australian captain Steve Waugh ridiculed the idea that players are overworked these days, saying that if they were really exhausted, then they shouldn’t be playing in the cash-rich IPL.
“There can’t be (too much cricket) because they choose to play in the Indian Premier League. There can’t be too much cricket because they keep playing more,” Waugh was quoted, as saying by Sport24.
The batting legend insisted that the current Australian cricketers do not have as much workload as the players of yesteryears.
“I looked at the schedules and I think they compared myself and Steve Smith and the previous captains on workload and we’re playing the same amount of days. They don’t play any (Sheffield) Shield cricket or club cricket – we used to play all that as well,” Waugh said.
“Their’s is probably more intense, more international cricket, but days played, we played as much and travelled as much and these days the hotels are better than when I first started playing,” he added. Meanwhile, Tony Irish, the Federation of International Cricketers Associations chairman, had displayed more sympathy towards the Australian players and voiced his concerns over the way the International Cricket Council (ICC) creates fixtures.