Melbourne, Feb 17 (UNI) All-rounder Andrew Symonds has said the Australian baggy green cap is 'a jewel in the crown for the Kangaroos', admitting that the massive financial carrot being dangled by the Indian Premier League (IPL) could test the loyalties of top international players.
''The loyalty of Australian and other top international cricketers is definitely going to be tested over the next few years. Just last week we saw a couple of top Pakistanis join the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and there's a stack of Australian players keen to have a crack at the IPL,'' Symonds wrote in his column in 'The Sunday Telegraph'.
''Loyalty versus money always makes for an interesting debate.
Who wouldn't be tempted to take a job offering more money for less work?'' Saymonds said.
''The bottom line is the money on offer in India is not going away and it may even get more and more tempting,'' he said.
Symonds suggested administrators should ensure that players do not cut short their international careers to play in the IPL or the rebel ICL.
''Looking ahead, a lot of countries must confront the serious threat that it's more financially viable for blokes to retire and play IPL or even ICL. So the administrators want to be careful that international cricket doesn't suffer. They need to find a way to be able to work with the IPL so everyone's available,'' he said.
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