R Ashwin blasts former cricketers who criticise the IPL for no particular reason


The Indian Premier League is unquestionably the world's largest cricket league, not just in terms of size but also in terms of quality and prize money.

With two new clubs joining the league this year, the Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, IPL 2022 is expected to be a longer season.

While the IPL is still popular around the world, it has been criticised on occasion for negatively affecting international teams.

Former England players and commentators, for example, said this year after losing the Ashes that English players prioritising the IPL has resulted in the demise of Test cricket in England.

In his most recent broadcast on his YouTube channel, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin slammed such comments.

He emphasised the point that today's cricketers participate in a variety of international events, including the IPL. He stated that there are numerous international tournaments, T20 leagues, and domestic leagues to choose from. As a result, singling out IPL is incorrect.

He commented that IPL has been flying under the radar for a long time. All of the sudden, another ex-cricketer will criticise the IPL for no apparent reason. Consider how things would have been in 2008 or 2010. There would only be 20-25 players in the Indian squad to represent Team India.

Ashwin also discussed how the IPL has benefited Indian cricket. Even when he first started, he says, his parents and grandparents asked him if cricket would help him financially. He remarked that in those days, in a 10-year period, only 15-20 or 25 cricketers will be given opportunities. However, the IPL now provides opportunities to at least 75-80 Indian players each year.

The 35-year-old commented that the IPL is only the beginning. Players have the opportunity to compete in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and show off their skills. Additionally, players are given possibilities in the media, coaching, or any other environment that provides them with opportunities. That's a huge plus for the IPL.