Shane Warne slams Cricket Australia’s decision to rest Pat Cummins for ODI after Indian Premier League stint
Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne has taken aim at Cricket Australia for opting to rest star paceman Pat Cummins after just two games this summer.
Laying the blame with Cummins’ decision to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League last month, Warne said he was “disappointed” the paceman would not play in the final one-dayer against India.
“I know it is a big summer that we have and it is pretty jam-packed, but I don’t think Australian players should be resting after two games,” he said on Fox Cricket.
“So they are allowed to go and play all these games in the IPL and then they need a rest?
“Surely playing for Australia is more important than playing in the IPL. I don’t care if you miss the IPL. You cannot miss games for Australia because you need a break coming off the IPL. You need a rest to get through the summer after two games?
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“So I would say you should choose. Either miss the IPL or you cannot miss games because you need a break coming off the IPL for an Australian game.
“It is a one day international for Australia.”
Cummins made cricket history in 2020, signing the biggest contract for an overseas player in IPL history — earning $3.16 million for his efforts.
But Warne said Cummins should follow the lead of injured teammate Mitchell Starc, who turned his back on the IPL this year.
“I applaud Mitchell Starc who said, ‘I’m not going to go to the IPL because I want to have a big summer for Australia’,” Warne said.
“I applaud him for that and it is disappointing he got injured, but I don’t think Australian players should be resting after two one day internationals.”
Cummins and his Australian IPL teammates arrived back in the country just three weeks ago.
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