New Delhi: Former India batsman Vinod Kambli lashed out at the Indian Premier League, saying that the cash-rich event has tempted young cricketers to go for the quick bucks, when their aim should be to play Test cricket.
Kambli said most of the youngsters have identified IPL as their only source of income in a bid to make fast money and obtain lucrative sponsorship deals.
"Today, the youngsters are looking to play in the IPL."
"Reason being fast money. One Ranji Trophy match and they are picked up for the Twenty20 tournament. From day one, their aim is to play in the IPL but one should understand that real cricket is Test cricket," said Kambli.
The former cricketer also compared IPL with a famous TV show 'Saas Bahu aur Saazish'.
"IPL is fun, entertainment and offers a short career with a lot of money. It's like the 'Saas Bahu aur Saazish' serial," Kambli said at an event on Wednesday.
"It's for the youngsters to decide their priorities. We all know that IPL results in quick money, all the attention and facilities. But youngsters should give preference to the domestic cricket, which is the ideal platform to develop skill and temperament."
"When me and (Sachin) Tendulkar started our careers, there was no IPL. We gave preference to the domestic cricket because our aim was to play in Tests. Now, with IPL, so many matches are being played in two months' time and it's becoming like a serial. One day people would like to see a change," explained Kambli, who recently announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
However, when asked if he would like to join any of the IPL franchises in the near future, Kambli said, "Of course, why not! I would like to get associated with any of the IPL franchises as a coach or an expert, if provided with the opportunity. Coaching is the first thing on my mind now."
Meanwhile, former India wicket-keeper and current coach of the IPL franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders, Vijay Dahiya, begged to differ from Kambli's views on the IPL, saying that the T20 event provides the right kind of platform to the youngsters.
"Everyone has a right to express his opinion. It's Kambli bhai's personal views and I respect him a lot. But I think IPL is a good platform for youngsters as it provides an opportunity to a player to select what kind of cricket he wants to play - whether it's a longer format or shorter format," said Dahiya.
Kambli termed the Indian cricket team's future as bright and singled out middle-order batsman Virat Kohli for special praise for his unbeaten knock of 112 against England in the second ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Monday.
"The Indian team's future looks bright. Youngsters are performing very well. Kohli played one of the finest innings of his career against England in Delhi. Young cricketers should take a lesson from Kohli's innings on how to approach a 50-over match. Kohli, under intense pressure, anchored his inning to perfection," he said.