They Have To Play AT UAE To Get Paid
The year’s IPL (Indian Premier League) has been beset by a lot of challenges. It was initially scheduled to end by May 30th, but when COVID cases breached the bio bubble of various franchises, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) had no choice but to suspend it. The suspension of IPL 2021 in early May 2021 was coincidentally at the halfway mark, but after some consultations, the BCCI announced the league’s resumption.
When COVID struck last year, the BCCI chose to have the IPL in the UAE, a move that proved successful. After all, for the most expensive cricket league in the world, the show must go on. So, in a repeat of last year’s arrangement, the BCCI opted to have the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE. The IPL 2021 second phase is scheduled to start from September 17th, with the final slated for October 10th. It will consist of 31 matches.
The cricket calendar is jam-packed with the conclusion of the IPL, the upcoming CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to start in October. Foreign players in the IPL are likely to be affected by this congested schedule. Some cricket boards will not allow their players to return to the IPL for the second phase to facilitate training and allow players to rest before the World Cup. Cricket boards in England, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have already confirmed the unavailability of their players for the second phase of IPL 2021 in the UAE. The Australia Cricket Board is yet to confirm if its players will be available.
If these foreign players miss the second phase, they will lose out on half of their match fees for this season. The BCCI only allows players to get their full salary if they sustain injuries during matches or in nets or if the BCCI cannot conduct the full season. But if a player is unavailable for any other reason, the franchises are allowed to pay their IPL player’s salary on a pro-rata basis.
One of the biggest casualties of this stipulation might be Pat Cummins, the Australian fast bowler, the most expensive international player in IPL history. The Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for 15.5 crores. But if he fails to turn up for the second half of the IPL in the UAE, he will lose a whopping 7.75 crores.
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