Australian batsman, David Warner, has promised not to let the IPL distract his international career, as he aims to stay focused on the team’s current tour of the West Indies.
The IPL, has raised concerns amongst the international cricketing community, as more players are choosing to play in the tournament, instead of representing their country.
Warner, was quoted by the Australian Associated Press, saying: “Definitely not. My goal as a kid was to get the baggy green and I’m here at this moment opening the batting.”
Warner, also stated that it was up to individual cricketers to make their own choices, on whether they want to play in the tournament or focus on their international career.
“I’m trying to take my opportunity and trying to cement my place there. I’m 100 per cent Test cricket over IPL any day” said Warner.
However, the West Indies, are set to lose some players to the Twenty20 International tournament, much to the disappointment of Warner.
“They’ve (West Indians) got to make their minds up on what they want and what they’re benefiting out of it – if it’s money, then it’s money. It’s their choice” he said.
With the IPL set to begin on the 4th of April, it has already stirred up some controversy in the cricketing community, as there have been calls to end the tournament immediately, due to its harmful reputation on the longer formats of the game.