Cricket's packed schedule has been made clear by Pat Cummins' decision to turn down a AU$1.3 million IPL paycheck. The top Australian players will play on more than 100 days of international cricket over the course of the next 12 months.
Due to a demanding international schedule, Cummins decided to have the Kolkata Knight Riders forgo next year's IPL season. Prior to the competition, Australia will travel to India for four Test matches in February and March.
After that, the Ashes series in England and the one-day World Cup in India will take place. Cummins' choice comes just after he was named captain of Australia's one-day team, so before the world championship next year, he'll probably play in additional white-ball series.
"I've made the difficult decision to miss next years IPL,"
"The international schedule is packed with Tests and ODI's for the next 12 months, so will take some rest ahead of an Ashes series and World Cup."
Australia's players will play up to 106 days of international cricket in the upcoming 12 months when all of this summer's Test matches, together with the one-day and T20 series on the road in 2023, are taken into account.
With Australia now leading the standings, the World Test Championship final could take place in London. Additionally, the semi-finals and championship game of the ODI World Cup will take place the following year.
Fast bowlers Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and all-arounder Cameron Green, who will each face England in ODIs this week, are most affected by the issue.
Nine of Australia's top XI players are now regulars in both the Test and one-day teams because to the contributions of David Warner, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Travis Head, and Marnus Labuschagne, who all play in both the red and white ball formats.
Australia's choices for this week's games also demonstrate that the team's selectors want to provide players with as much match practise as they can before the World Cup the following year.
With the exception of three T20s against South Africa in August of next year, the majority of cricket in the upcoming 12 months will either take the form of Test or 50-over contests.
Players have spoken against rapid turnarounds between series, with England all-rounder Moeen Ali complaining that his team must play again just four days after winning the World Cup.
"It's been happening for a while," Moeen told reporters after England's T20 triumph on Sunday. "When we won the World Cup in 2019, we had an Ashes game two weeks later and we had a Test match against Ireland about 10 days later."
"Those kind of things are a shame. As a group we want to enjoy and celebrate and have that [time] because you put so much into it. Having a game in three days' time, it's horrible."
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