Hayden calls out star Australian players for not participating in white-ball series in Pakistan

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Australia’s Test captain, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, David Warner were not named in Australia’s ODI and T20I squad for their much-anticipated tour of Pakistan

Former Australian batter and Pakistan batting consultant, Matthew Hayden is unhappy at the star Australian players who have opted out of Pakistan white-ball series to be the part of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, starting next month.

Australia’s Test captain, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, David Warner were not named in Australia’s ODI and T20I squad for their much-anticipated tour of Pakistan. These star Australian players opted to participate in the IPL despite the limited-over series against Pakistan.

Former Australian batter and Pakistan batting consultant, Matthew Hayden is unhappy at the star Australian players who have opted out of Pakistan white-ball series to be the part of Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, starting next month.

The Australian national team selector, George Bailey, confirmed that none of the players can join the IPL before April 6 as the players would need to go through IPL quarantine protocols and they could have missed more matches.

Hayden raised the concern that the players who decided to play franchise matches over International matches for national duty should be questioned.

“When players are choosing not to play for their country, it is a massive flag of concern for your high-performance set-up,”

Hayden was quoted as saying by The Australian.

“I just don’t reckon it passes the pub test. The single biggest thing which ties everything together at that level is that you are all really keen to play for your country and if you haven’t got that I actually question whether you have a high-performance culture at all,”

he added.

“I just feel Cricket Australia is being led around by the players lately and that has created a unique set of problems. You shouldn’t be able to cherry-pick when you want to play for Australia. It does not make any sense to me,”

he further stated.

He further said that if someone is not available for the country, there should be some penalty in the form of salary deduction or something else.

“We all know how important the IPL is and it has its window and I know it can be difficult for players and administrators to operate within the confines of modern schedules but I still think you can’t have your cake and eat it,”

he said.

“If you are unavailable to play for Australia there has to be some accountability. You shouldn’t be paid for work you don’t do and should have to salary sacrifice,”

he added.

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