With the rise of T20 franchise leagues, cricket as a sport has seen a big surge in lucrative offers for players around the world. There have also been cases when players have decided to give priority to their franchise over their respective national teams.
Former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum feels that the sport is reaching a point where many players will prefer these lucrative T20 leagues over their national teams because of the huge amount of money these leagues are offering. The Indian Premier League is considered the richest T20 league in the world, and there has been an increase in finances in competitions in countries like Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
McCullum said that the game is going in different directions, and players won’t turn down long-term contracts for less work in the T20 league. He further said that, "The last few years, there's been a shifting of the sand somewhat around international cricket, and we'd be completely naive to think that players would turn down huge amounts of money on long-term contracts for a lot less work in these T20 leagues because they should be playing international cricket. Those days are fast approaching being over.