The Good, the Bad and the Cash

All the best and most compelling reasons in the world, technical, financial and emotional, point towards the ‘IPL Five’ making their choice not to play in the two Test matches against Bangladesh and head to Mumbai to join up with their Franchises. It is common sense. I have argued long and hard in defence of the players, for many years, building up to this moment, which was inevitable. I advocated the practical, fiscal temptation ahead of the emotional, ‘patriotic’ choice. Take the money while you can, I said. When you get injured and your country discards you, I said, you will be forgotten in five minutes. Look after yourself.

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