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South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis made a staggering statement on T20 cricket, saying the rapid rise of T20 leagues around the world poses a massive threat to international cricket.
While speaking during a virtual media interaction ahead of the resumption of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 6, the Peshawar Zalmi batsman said that it is now essential to find a balance between franchise and international cricket.
T20 leagues are a threat to international cricket. The power of the leagues is growing year by year and obviously, in the beginning, there might be just 2 leagues around the world and now it's becoming 4,5, 6,7 leagues in a year. The leagues are just getting stronger," said du Plessis.
He added: "I think it's important that in future you try and see how it's possible both can co-exist because it becomes a choice moving forward into the future then it can be a real threat for the international game."
The right-hander said that international cricket might end up meeting the same fate as football in the future, in which the domestic leagues have become a format of massive importance.