IPL should feed back money in cricket: Hayden

Matthew Hayden has urged IPL like cash-rich leagues to give back some money they earned to the game to demand a place in the international programme.

updated: January 23, 2009 17:20 IST
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Retired Australian opener Matthew Hayden has joined the chorus with his former opening mate Adam Gilchrist on urging IPL like cash-rich private leagues to give back some money they earned to the game to demand a place in the international programme.

Hayden, who retired this month, supported Gilchrist's public stand that some money from the billion-dollar Indian Premier League and other Twenty20 competitions should be channelled back to support international cricket.

"Gilly has been saying for a long time that it's very important IPL and some of these lucrative Twenty20 competitions, which are going to start pushing their way into the international programme, have to start feeding back into strengthening global cricket," Hayden said.

The left-hander also criticised the International Cricket Council for its lack of support towards New Zealand cricket.

He felt that ICC has failed to deliver at the highest level of the game's administration which is forcing Kiwi players like Brendon McCullum to play in Australian state teams like New South Wales due to lack of cricket for New Zealand in the international programme.

"It is reflective of how disappointing the international program has been for New Zealand more than anything," Hayden was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

"It's a real indictment on their cricket that you have one of the elite players in world cricket not being able to play the volume of cricket with the earning capacity that most international athletes can expect. It's pretty tough.

"I feel very sympathetic towards a country like New Zealand, which has some wonderful cricketers but they don't get enough international opportunities. What's the ICC doing? What is going to happen to the international program and who are we going to follow?"

However, McCullum said that he was honoured to play in the highly competitive Australian domestic circuit.

"It's a great honour and a great thrill to come and play for such a prestigious association as NSW.

"As a New Zealander, any chance to get to come and play in an Australian competition is held in huge regard. I'm sure all of the (New Zealand) guys would love to have an opportunity to play in this competition and if they do I'm sure they'll have the excitement I've got leading into this game as well," he said.

"I don't think that's a problem in Australia but you go to the West Indies and they have 350 people at a day's play sometimes. You go to India this season and at some grounds they have to bus in school kids for a crowd. It goes to show the sort of value people are putting on Test cricket."