India’s ouster from T20 World Cup 2022 has raised quite a few questions about the cricketing ecosystem in the country. While many cricket experts have suggested playing Indian players in foreign leagues to get a better hold of the conditions overseas, a few have also raised questions about the usefulness of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The question being asked is why the country holding the biggest T20 league in the world is unable to win a title in the shortest format ever since its inception. Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has made a minute observation and has claimed that IPL contracts take the drive out of players to do well for the country.
He cited the example of Avesh Khan and explained how the right-arm pacer drops his pace while bowling for India. Akram observed that Khan’s bowling speed decreases by 10-15 km/h when he plays for the country. “I noted one thing about Indian bowlers in the Asia Cup. They bowl slower in international matches than they do in the IPL,” said Akram.
“You take Avesh Khan, for instance. He bowled 145 kmph consistently for Delhi and Lucknow but dropped his pace to 130-135 kmph playing for India. BCCI needs to check it because he is getting paid some 12-13 crore. “If I was paid 24 crores for playing IPL, then I don’t need not work hard once the IPL is over.”
Notably, Avesh Khan was purchased by Lucknow Super Giants for a massive 10 Crores at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. The pacer took 18 wickets in 13 matches for LSG at an average of 23.11 and maintained an economy rate of 8.73. Meanwhile, Khan has played 5 ODIs and 15 T20Is for India so far. In these 20 white-ball games, Khan has bagged 16 wickets. While he averages 71.33 in ODIs, the pacer has taken 13 wickets in T20Is at an average of 32.46.