Alec Swann - Prior’s IPL comments are misguided

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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I’m employed by the Northants Telegraph, I’ve signed a contract and I am paid for my services.

If I asked my boss whether I could go and work for another employer, for a decent amount of money, for just a short period and then return to my position I would expect - in fact, I know - that the idea would be given short shrift.

But, if you go by Matt Prior’s comments regarding the Indian Premier League, this is what he would quite like to do.

It is Prior’s belief that, due to the massive amounts of money that are washing around the IPL, the English Cricket Board should allow more scope for their centrally contracted England players to go and play in the sub-continentental extravaganza.

He states that there is a certain level of enviousness from this country’s cricketing elite because the schedule in the northern hemisphere only allows for a small window of opportunity and, as such, they are not attractive to the franchises that compete.

Now I think Prior is an excellent cricketer and probably the best in the world in his position but in this instance he is barking up the wrong tree.

Prior is employed by the ECB and they decide as and when he plays.

If he wants to try his luck in the IPL then it stands to reason that he should resign from his contract to be able to seek alternative employment.

Don’t buy any of the guff that is regularly spouted about the IPL improving cricketing standards and players needing the experience etc,etc.

There is one reason and one reason only why the world’s best players are willing to go and perform in a domestic league and, in some instances, jeopardise their international careers and that is money.

As Dale Steyn once memorably stated, it is maximum reward for what is a relatively minimal effort.

You can see where Prior is coming from because these are life-changing amounts that are being offered but a modern-day England player is hardly meagrely rewarded.

Nottinghamshire had it right when they stated that they would not be releasing players for the IPL and if their employees wanted to go then they could not work at Trent Bridge as well.

Employers have no reason to concede any ground and Prior has to realise this.

In simple terms, he really can’t have his cake and eat it.