England batsman and wicket-keeper Sam Billings has defended his decision to play in the Indian Premier League despite being named as the new captain for his county team, Kent. Billings has faced severe criticism in recent days as he will miss at least 2 months of the new county season.
Sam Billings, IPL signing of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), was one of the eight players sold in the IPL 2018 Auction, along with his teammate Mark Wood, who also went to CSK. However, one major surprises came as England captain Joe Root went unsold at the IPL 2018 player auction.
Commenting on his decision to play in the IPL 2018, Sam Billings said,
“The changing face of the world of cricket is moving rapidly and people need to be aware that these opportunities do not come up often and you can’t afford to miss the IPL.”
“If the Test captain is putting his name in the hat then surely people have to wake up and see ‘ok, maybe we need to take it on board’. It’s not just pajama cricket and blokes wanting to chase the cash.”
“I think the problem with people at the moment is that they have this idea of the IPL and these other tournaments but we wouldn’t be playing in them if they weren’t improving us as cricketers.”