Ever since players have openly accepted their inclination towards playing franchise cricket, former players have been worrying about the future of cricket. Right from IPL to BBL to PSL and now SA20, there are so many franchise leagues available in the market. Not only is this exciting but an easy way for players to earn popularity and showcase their talents. India’s former captain and ex-BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has now given his opinion on this matter.

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Sourav Ganguly has clearly stated that in times to come, only leagues with proper ecosystems will survive while the rest will eventually fade out. At a Starsports event in Kolkata, when asked about the franchise cricket, Sourav Ganguly said, “We keep talking about the leagues around the world, if you look at the IPL it is in a different ecosystem and different league, the Big Bash in Australia does very well, The Hundred does very well in the UK and I see the South Africa league doing very well, I have been watching it for last three weeks.”

Sourav Ganguly believes only 4-5 leagues will survive in due time

Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly

“The common thing among all these leagues is that they are in countries where cricket is popular. So I believe over a period of time, four or five years, it is going to get to the stage very few will exist and I know which ones will exist. Certain (leagues) will remain and certain will move away because players will realize it is not that important,” he added.

Former BCCI president further stated that after a period of time when there will only be a handful of leagues around the world, the player will understand the importance of playing for the country. Sourav Ganguly then also spoke about admission issues amongst the players and boards. Giving the example of Zimbabwe as well as West Indies cricket, he reckoned that during the late 90s, these teams were very strong despite having limited money. Ganguly concluded by suggesting cricketing boards maintain good relationships with the players so that they can represent the country.

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