Glenn McGrath, the former ace fast bowler, seems to have backtracked from his earlier stand of disapproving of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While contradicting his earlier comments, he said that IPL is not spoiling cricketers, but in the same breath, he also warned upcoming young crickets not to be consumed by overconfidence because of their success in IPLs. In a press statement, McGrath said, “I don’t feel it (IPL or BBL-Big Bash League) is spoiling budding cricketers. I think the important thing for budding cricketers is to always put in 100 per cent – to continue to be your best, work hard, don’t ever think you are at the top of your ability, you can always improve.”
This legendary fast bowler from Australia has played a total of tests and 250 ODIs. He has got the highest number of test wickets (563). This ace Australian bowler also has the rare distinction of dismissing the most batsmen for ducks in test cricket (104). McGrath was also inducted into ICC Hall of Fame in January 2013. McGrath’s association with the IPL began in 2008 when he was signed by Delhi DareDevils for the first season of IPL Twenty20 for a whopping NR 1.4 crore. In an earlier interview in April this year McGrath, showing his apprehensions on this format of the game (IPL), said, “ Biggest issue which I find, probably not just in India, probably around the world is how hard they are prepared to work. And if they do get a little bit of success playing in IPL or big bash in Australia is that they get to that level and they think they have made it and they stop working hard and they stop training as much.” IPL is a source of huge revenue for the players. Commenting on this aspect McGrath in his earlier statement in April said, “I think money should always be secondary. It’s great that cricketers are earning good money. But if money is secondary and it’s all about going out there, performing at their best and keeping themselves in the best condition. Then that money will be there all the time. And I think that’s the attitude young cricketers should have. Ultimate goal should always be representing your country.” In other words, McGrath seemed to have hinted that easy money from IPL has the potential to spoil the young cricketers.
However, from his recent statements, McGrath seems to have departed from his earlier aggressive stand on the IPL.