Majority of Australian players prefer 'baggy green' over 'million dollar' worth IPL contract
Australia's top cricketers believe the chance to sport the sacred baggy green cap is more valuable than a one million dollar Indian Premier League (IPL) contract, according to a survey of international and state players by Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA).
Despite the rapid rise of big money Twenty20 tournaments, particularly the IPL, more players than ever reaffirmed their commitment to Test cricket as the ultimate form of the game.
Of the 110 current international and state players surveyed, 92 per cent claimed they would take the baggy green ahead of a quick one million dollar.
ACA chief executive Paul Marsh claimed that when players were asked the same question last year, 64 per cent answered baggy green cap and 36 per cent a one million dollar IPL contract.
"This significant swing in just 12 months coincides with Cricket Australia's stated prioritisation of Test cricket on the back of the Argus Report," News.com.au quoted Marsh, as saying.
"After a period where players were questioning CA's priorities, it is pleasing to see this level of alignment on the importance of Test cricket," he added.
This coincides with 95 per cent of players believing that Test cricket is still the dominant form of the game ahead of one-day and Twenty20 cricket, however they believe T20 will make significant inroads over the next 10 years.
Reinforcing the view that players are willing to put the good of the game ahead of financial gain, half the current and former players surveyed believed the power of India was the biggest concern facing international cricket.