Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has slammed Indian Premier League favouritism for “second rate Australians” after the Black Caps thumped the Aussies in the opening T20 international on Monday.
New Zealand inflicted a 53-run defeat on Australia at Hagley Oval, powered by 99 not out from Devon Conway.
India star Ravi Ashwin lamented the fact that Conway’s brilliant knock came just after the IPL auction, in which in-form players were lavished with rich contracts.
That’s when Doull unloaded.
Doull, who took 134 wickets for New Zealand, did not name and shame any particular Australian players. He produced statistics showing that IPL franchises had signed three Aussies per Kiwi, at a higher average salary.
Eight Australian players were picked up in the IPL auction: Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Steve Smith and Ben Cutting.
Daniel Sams was traded, while Pat Cummins, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Chris Lynn, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe and Marcus Stoinis were retained by their existing teams; making for 17 Aussies in total for IPL 2021.
Conway went unsold at the IPL auction. Compatriots Kyle Jamieson and Adam Milne picked up lucrative contracts.
While Conway is starring for New Zealand, he is another South African product playing for an adopted nation. He only became eligible for the Black Caps in August last year.
The fact was not lost on South African turned England great Kevin Pietersen, who made the point to Doull.
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