Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has said that his country’s cricketers have always been ignored in front of Australia’s second-tier players in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dool made the remark in reference to the batting bat a few days after Devon Conway was not selected in the IPL auction.
Born in South Africa, Conway’s 59-ball knock of 99 runs helped New Zealand win by 53 runs against Australia in the first T20 International on Monday in Christchurch. But Dool believes that the good performance of New Zealand cricketers also does not matter.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrote in praise of Conway, “Devon Conway was delayed only four days but what a great innings”.
To this, Doull tweeted, ‘Can’t say for sure that it matters. In the IPL, New Zealand players have been ignored in the face of second-class Australian players for years. It seems that only the Big Bash League outside IPL is such a competition whose performance is considered.
Conway’s base price was Rs 50 lakh but none of the teams showed interest in him while he was performing brilliantly in his national team and other T20 tournaments.
Dool said in another tweet, ‘Come on reference. I did not mention anyone’s name so stop trolling. Ever since the IPL started, 94 Australian players were selected for Rs 886 crore while 31 players from New Zealand were selected and Rs 212 crore was spent on them. ‘
He said, ‘Both countries have six first-class teams and both have domestic T20 competitions. It is associated with the time of BBL (Big Bash) and watching it. ‘
Conway may have got a team in the IPL but Kyle Jamieson of his country was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 15 crore and Adam Milne was bought by Mumbai Indians for a hefty sum of Rs 3.2 crore.