The dilemma of domestic franchise leagues: Trent Boult contract release, money and more
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Domestic franchises: Opportunity or impending doom?
Moving into the 21st century, there has been a rapid evolution in the way cricket is played, displayed and perceived. What was once a long format, five day game of the greats, is now a much more aggressive, high-speed, expeditious and glamorous display of skill.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy to survive in new-age cricket. The way cricketers are stepping into the light, with stone-cold mindsets, wanting to cement their place in a sphere where talent is readily available and players are highly replaceable, there is always someone who is better, quicker, or nicer. It's not an easy job.
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This is where domestic franchise leagues come into the picture, this big glamorous world of cricket and money. And what’s not to like? Players are given a path to climb, a spotlight to shine and a bag load of money. They get to rub shoulders with the greats and the greats get to rub shoulders with stardom and luxury.
Alas, these franchise leagues have a downside. Lately, there has been an increase in the manufacturing of single-format players (T20s to be specific), cricketers are moving or let’s say shying away from playing longer formats of the game.
There’s a newfound preference for playing domestic franchise leagues over international cricket, though it is understandable. The difference in pay is colossal, you only have to play for a few months while still living a comfortable life (financially).