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IPL only for 'entertainment': Gilly

Gilchrist said the players would be more interested in their achievements in the Test and one-day arena than raking money through IPL.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Melbourne
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2008 05:48 PM IST

Retiring Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchirst today said the cash-rich Indian Premier League would remain only as an "entertainment" option which will not be able to lure cricketers away from their national commitments.

Gilchrist said the players would be more interested in their achievements in the Test and one-day arena than raking money through IPL.

"I understand the fear of that happening, (but) I just really believe what motivates players to take on the journey, you have got to take and endure and enjoy to play for your country, it comes from more than just the financial side of it," Gilchrist said.

"It is a genuine passion, if you don't have it you are going to get found out. I think they will have genuine desires to fulfil their career, to make sure they get every bit out of their international careers as possible," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

The 36-year-old Australian said it would be more of an evening out process for players as they end their careers.

"We see players at my age (36), there is going to be a natural transition from international cricket," he said.

"Probably when the real professional era has kicked in there has been a bit of a tendency for guys to hang on too long, and we don't see younger guys getting in as young as we used to.

"It might be the evening out process that there is something for the older guys to move into."

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