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Australian cricketers sucked up to Virat Kohli to save IPL deals: Michael Clarke

Australian cricketers sucked up to India and Kohli by holding back on verbal sledging to protect lucrative (IPL) deals, according to former Australia captain Michael Clarke.

Australia captain said players were “too scared” to play a normal game against India because of the influence of the world’s wealthiest cricket tournament.

Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the Indian Premier League Clarke said on famous tv channel.

I feel that Australian cricket and probably every other team over a little period went the opposite and actually sucked up to India.

They were too scared to sledge Virat Kohli or the other Indian players. He said, referring to the verbal sparring that often takes place on the pitch.

Australian players have attracted big money since the Indian Premier League started in 2008. Paceman Pat Cummins is the most expensive overseas star this year with Kolkata Knight Riders paying $2.17 million.

The contest has been delayed because of the CODID-19 pandemic and the IPL must announce soon whether it will be held at all.

The Indian premier league was due to feature top internationals including England’s Ben Stokes and David Warner of Australia.

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