The CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), Tom Moffat, reacted to the controversial decision by Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf to opt out of Australia Test tour
The CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), Tom Moffat, reacted to the controversial decision by Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf to prioritize participation in the Big Bash League over the upcoming Test series in Australia.
While speaking to Australian radio station SEN, Moffat highlighted the inherent dilemma players face when choosing between international duty and lucrative domestic league opportunities.
"This is definitely one of the biggest issues that the game needs to resolve. The best players in the world can't be everywhere at once," Moffat said.
"The reality is players, like all of us, are always going to make decisions based on what's right for themselves and their families, and that may mean gravitating more and more towards where the most lucrative offers are,” he added.
Moffat acknowledged the financial allure of prominent domestic leagues, especially for players from countries outside the cricketing powerhouses such as India, Australia and England.
"We know for example in countries outside of the biggest three cricket-playing countries the average earnings for an international cricketer are around half what those players can earn if they go and play in three of the bigger domestic leagues. In those leagues they'd be playing for a significantly smaller amount of time per year.
"We know that players love playing for their countries. We love international cricket and we want to protect it, but those are the reasons why we think if everything keeps on being scheduled on top of everything without a real coherent structure bringing those two landscapes together there's going to be one winner ultimately and we don't want to see that," Moffat added.