Cummins agrees Trent Boult’s decision to turn down a central New Zealand contract for the lucrative T20 league around the world has been imminent since IPL changed the complexion of the game a decade ago.
“It’s been happening for a while, but I think it’s here now,” Cummins told the Sydney Morning Herald before the World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval from June 7.
“International cricket doesn’t have a monopoly on players’ time like it used to. The IPL changed that ten years ago, but there will be more and more content creeping in, so I think that we have to be proactive about it.”
Cummins wants his teammates to see national duty as more important than anything else, but said it will be a challenge in these times of leagues based on cash-rich franchises.
“We have to keep making the game for Australia as special as possible, keeping the performance high so that every player wants to play for Australia as much as possible. That will be the challenge.
“I think it’s on us now, and we need to start thinking about it quite deeply. I think fast forwarding a few years, a 12-month international calendar might look a little different,” Iron said. throws rhythm.
Cummins believes cricket is going the way of football and there will come a time when national teams will need franchise clearances to play for the country.
“When you talk about some of the opportunities that can be offered by franchises, I don’t think you can blame players who might choose that option,” he said.
“I see the day when this (a franchise exit) will happen. I think that’s the reality. You’ve seen it in other sports. Again, we have to keep selling why play for the Australia is so special and making sure there is some flexibility to try and get the best out of these guys.
“We always want the best players to win World Cups for us, to win big series. But obviously there are more competing interests than there were in the past.
“That’s why things are starting to pick up speed, and it’s moving towards a more global model of football, where you play for your club, employed by your club, and you’re freed up to play for your country.”
Cummins believes the WTC provides more context to the two-sided test series.
He said he is looking forward to the Australian premiere WTC Final and that too against India, who also made the cut in the last edition.
“We have India in the World Trials Championship final first, which I think a lot of people have forgotten,” Cummins said.
“It’s like the second time there’s a little bit more stuff on it. It was like a big missed opportunity that first time. So it definitely gives a little bit more context to each series now, something big to play for.
“The big series, say the Ashes or India series where you play four or five Test matches, are obviously big battles, whereas the more common series where you play two or three in a series, that (the World Championship of test) gives them a little more global context and something a little more to play for.”