IPL not good enough for Kane Richardson, Picks Test Cricket instead

Lethal pace bowler Kane Richardson has revealed that he opted to play Australia first-class Sheffield Shield Cricket, in order to make his mark for the Australia Test team, and so, the 26-year-old decided to say big NO to the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), and the overflowing money that the cash-rich Indian T20 league offers.

Kane Richardson saw plenty of his Australian teammates earn big amounts, especially the pacers. However, Richardson was keen not to play in IPL 2018, given his upcoming marriage which would clash with the early round of IPL games.

Saying no to IPL was tough, admits Kane Richardson

While speaking with Cricket Australia, Kane Richardson said: “It’s a hard decision because of the financial rewards. Not a lot of guys do it. I experienced it (the IPL) as a young bloke and made a little bit of money over there so that makes it easier having had that happen. I’m still only 27 next so hopefully, I can get over there a few more times.”

“I’ve put in a little bit more of a goal to play more Shield cricket and I thought if I play upwards of seven Shield games, the body is going to need a fair bit of a rest.”

Despite opting out of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018), Kane Richardson claims that he is still 26 years old, and there is enough time for the Australian pacer to enjoy the Indian Premier League’s glitz, glamour, and money in the coming seasons, and therefore, he has chosen Test cricket as his priority for now.

Kane Richardson is enjoying Test Cricket

Kane Richardson’s numbers in Shield Cricket this season (32 wickets at an average of 25.93) were mightily impressive and his overall Big Bash T20 League numbers (49 wickets at 26.08 and an economy rate of 7.9) had all the IPL owners interested in his services but the Melbourne Renegades had his priorities in order and is hoping for a successful 2018 for both his domestic and international side.


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