Cricket’s Reputation at Risk: The Impact of Saudi Sportswashing and the Second IPL Season

International cricket appears to be in decline, with the BCCI considering a second IPL version fueled by Saudi Arabian money. This move could potentially overshadow international cricket and cause players to prioritize T20 contracts over representing their countries. As a result, the sport may follow in the footsteps of golf and tennis, with fewer tentpole events and more focus on domestic leagues. Players from smaller cricketing nations may also choose T20 contracts over international duty, potentially leading to a significant transformation in the way the game is played.