Former Australian Test captain Allan Border has been a strong critic of franchise cricket. In his opinion, a T20 league is nothing but a way to fill pockets with hefty amounts of money. Border had already backed the world games, the T20 World Cup should be prioritised over leagues like IPL.
"I'm not happy with that. The world game should take precedence over local competition. So, the World T20, if that can't go ahead, I don't think the IPL can go ahead. I would question that decision, it's just a money grab, isn't it, that one?" Border had told ABC
"The World T20 should take precedence, for sure. The home boards should stop their players going to the IPL if that's the case," he added.
As the series is getting closer, Border, who is an ardent admirer of Virat Kohli, believes that the Indian skipper can keep Test cricket, the true form of the game, alive.
The 65-year-old strongly believes that Kohli's absence in the last three Tests will favor Australia's chances of regaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which commences from 17 December in Adelaide.
"The one thing that is in Australia's favor is Virat Kohli playing only the first Test. I think that is a big 'out' for India. He is irreplaceable at the moment as a batsman and a leader. Should be 2-1 to Australia," Border said.