London: English cricketer Luke Wright is determined to play in different international T20 tournaments, despite his fear of flying and his inability to relax on flights.
According to Wright, playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian Big Bash (BBL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) required for him to take 38 flights in 2012, which he admitted was a terrifying experience for him.
Stating that this fear is not enough to make him stop playing in the different leagues, Wright revealed that he used to watch the same movies repeatedly to relax himself on flights.
Mentioning his love for the Twenty20 games, Wright said that he insisted that he be paid up front for the Bangladesh Premier League, which is notorious for not being prompt in fulfilling its contractual obligations.
However, Wright said that although the League did not have a good pay system, it is a much better tournament on the cricketing side.
Getting a whopping amount of 200,000 pounds besides his salary from England and the domestic Sussex team, Wright is one of the three English players to play in the IPL, the other two being Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan.
Because he is not involved in England’s Test or one-day side, Wright has permission to play the entire tournament – a boost to his earning power, but one he would willingly sacrifice to get back into England’s 50-over side.
First Published: Monday, February 11, 2013, 13:44