Tino Best shares his insights about the financial concerns between the players and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). According to the pacer, playing in the global leagues generates more money than playing for the West Indies. He believes that while franchise cricket has provided financial stability to players, it has also diminished their desire to represent the country.
We have often seen international players pull out of international commitments to feature in the domestic leagues around the world especially the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In a conversation with the podcast ‘An Innings With…’, Tino Best justifies the reason behind why players like Andre Russell give more value to franchise cricket than international cricket. Best feels that the introduction of T20 leagues has been both a boon and bane to international cricket and especially for West Indies.
“I think the best and the worst thing that has happened to world cricket in terms of West Indies is franchise cricket. They go to the IPL and make a million dollars,” said Best.
Best further adds that Russell earns a million-dollar while playing in the IPL whereas he earns only 2000 USD per match for West Indies. Since the board is unable to offer huge payments to the players, they are tempted to play franchise cricket.
“Russell gets more paisa playing a season in the IPL. He gets 2000 USD a game playing for the West Indies. The board is not able to give a million-dollar contract to their players because they don’t have that money coming in,” added Best.
West Indies are strong contenders to lift the T20 World Cup 2021: Tino Best
Best believes that West Indies are among the top contenders to win the T20 World Cup 2021 owing to loads of talent in their squad. Although India start as favorites to clinch the title, West Indies have a formidable and well-equipped side that will help them defend their title.
“West Indies are the most talented T20 team. They have the best finishers. At the end of the day, India are contenders. But tournament cricket, West Indies are the double defending champions. You just can’t write them off when it’s tournament cricket,” said Best.