<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Mark Taylor terms IPL as distraction for young players" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130425151852.jpg" title="Mark Taylor terms IPL as distraction for young players" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mark Taylor said for a cricketer there is no bigger dream than representing his country, but given the present situation players would prefer IPL contracts over playing for the national side © Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>New Delhi: Apr 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former Australian skipper <a href="/tags/Mark-Taylor/post" target="_blank">Mark Taylor</a> feels that cash-rich Twenty20 Leagues like the IPL are acting as a huge "distraction" for young players, who are now more interested in raking in moolahs than playing for the country.<br /> <br /> "If you look at the IPL and the money that's going around there, that's got to be a big influence I think. As much as they all say 'Test cricket's the No. 1', a million dollars is very distracting," Taylor said.<br /> <br /> "How do you tell a young player making the next Australian Test team is more important? Knock back an IPL contract and spend two years working on your batting technique to get in for a Test match, and throw away USD 2 million? It's easier said than done," he told ESPNcricinfo.<br /> <br /> Taylor said for a cricketer there is no bigger dream than representing his country, but given the present situation players would prefer IPL contracts over playing for the national side.<br /> <br /> "The idea of the (national) contracts system going back to my time was to give players security, and they've now got that," he said.<br /> <br /> "But I'm not sure any of these contracts can ever make up for an IPL contract. There's probably no security in the IPL, but if you get a USD 2 million contract you don't need a lot of security. And that's impossible to compete with," Taylor, who played 104 Tests for Australia, said.<br /> <br /> To support his argument, the former Australian great said the present day cricketers have nothing to bother about as they are getting huge money without even contributing for their respective franchises.<br /> <br /> "You look at <a href="/tags/Glenn-Maxwell/post" target="_blank">Glenn Maxwell</a> getting USD 1 million to go and play in the IPL and he's not even playing. How do you compete with that?" the 48-year-old asked.