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Zampa eyes Aussie wins after being left ‘flat’ by IPL snub

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Adam Zampa, the man who many say was the best player at the last T20 World Cup, admits he was heartbroken to miss another chance to face the world’s best in this year’s Indian Premier League year.

The strange economics of cricket’s most lucrative event was highlighted last weekend as Tim David, the Hobart Hurricanes power hitter who made a name for himself through franchise cricket, became the Australian the highest paid while well-known international stars like Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Zampa received no bids.

Zampa’s snub reflected India’s abundance of spin talent and teams’ preference to source all-rounders and fast bowlers from abroad, with other top white-ball spinners like Adil Rashid, Tabraiz Shamsi , Imran Tahir and Mujeeb Ur Rahman also not attracting any interest.

The fact that Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, a leg player who also offers a practical lower level stick, was bought for just under A$2 million highlighted the demand for versatile players and the dividing line between a big payday and earning nothing.

“I unfortunately missed the IPL auction. To be honest, I’m a bit flat about it,” said Zampa, who took 13 wickets at a save rate of 5.81 for the title-winning Aussies. at the T20 World Cup last year, says the unplayable podcast.

“I thought if there was a year that I was going to have the opportunity there again, it would have been this year.

“Just with the way I play bowling and from a personal perspective I just feel like my game is at a point where I just want to play the best cricket I can.

“International cricket is that, then the next thing after that is the IPL.”

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His close friend Kane Richardson, who was also ignored at the auction, said this week the franchises may have held the pair’s decision to leave the first IPL leg of the year against them. last, although the tournament was postponed soon after due to India. devastating wave of deaths from COVID-19.

Zampa disagreed, suggesting that simple supply and demand was a bigger factor.

“It’s very difficult as a foreign spinner, especially if you’re just a specialist spinner who isn’t really a mystery spinner,” the 29-year-old said.

“The mega-auction, the way it went, they spent a lot of money on the fast bowlers, a lot of money on the all-rounders and even the batsmen don’t get a lot of money. They get the correct money.

“And then after all that money is spent, they say, ‘Okay, we need spinners now,’ and generally they feel like the local guys can do a good job anyway.

“I think there may be some opportunities next year with the IPL…I think I would be a great addition to one of those teams, especially with the way I’m playing at the moment. “

The silver lining for Zampa will be an extended stay at his home in Byron Bay after a run of white balls against Sri Lanka (which ends in T20s at the MCG on Friday and Sunday) and Pakistan (with three ODIs and one T20I to play in Rawalpindi in March-April).

Zampa has been candid about the effects of the bio-secure bubbles, admitting there’s “generally been kind of a pretty flat energy right now” among his BBL and National teammates.

His wife Harriet is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in early June, meaning Zampa will likely miss the talked-about limited-time matches on the Australian tour of Sri Lanka this year.

“After the end of this season, I’m looking at a really good break which will be nice for me,” he said.

“I was one of those guys last year who probably could have missed the West Indies and Bangladesh tours due to bubble fatigue, but I put work before anything else.

“But this year is probably going to be a bit different. I will try to get up, take care of my family and go back in July, so with a few months of preparation for the World Cup.”

After missing the third Dettol T20I against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Zampa will return to Australia’s XI for tonight’s game and will likely form a double attack with Ashton Agar.

Dettol T20 Series vs. Sri Lanka 2022

Australia team: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head*, Moises Henriques, Josh Inglis, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa * unavailable for the first three games

Sri Lankan team: Dasun Shanaka (c), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamika Karunaratne, Janith Liyanage, Kamil Mishara, Ramesh Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Thushara, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando , Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Shiran Fernando

Game 1: Australia won by 20 runs (DLS)

Game 2: Australia won in a Super Over

Game 3: Australia won by six wickets

February 18: Fourth T20, MCG, 7:10 p.m. AEDT

February 20: Fifth T20, MCG, 5:10 p.m. AEDT

All matches shown exclusively on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports. Radio coverage by ABC Grandstand, Triple M and SEN