Hooper is worried about the growing impact the IPL is having on cricket
West Indies legend Carl Hooper has announced that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has grown into one of the biggest threats facing international cricket today.
Speaking exclusively to The Advertiser, Hooper said: “One of the biggest threats facing cricket is the IPL.”
Hooper is especially concerned about the current West Indies team, who recently won the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, and noted that the squad had to put their country ahead of the IPL, otherwise everything they would have worked for will go to waste.
In the past, flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and spin maestro Sunil Narine have all put the IPL ahead of representing the West Indies in Test cricket.
“The spectators want to see the best players. If I looked up and saw no Gayle or key players named to play I would just say forget about it, stay home, they have to figure out a way to get our key players contracted,” Hooper said.
Hooper added that players like Narine should be given central contracts from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in order ensure that they put their country ahead of domestic Twenty20 tournaments.
“If Narine has a central contract that would mean he would have to play for the West Indies, we want to have our best cricketers playing each and every time we take the park, I am old fashioned, I believe in Test cricket. If you have a solid base in Test cricket you can adjust your game to suit any other format,” Hooper added.