Australian players also at risk of not being available for delayed IPL
Contracts reportedly allow team owners to pay on pro-rata basis
Some of the top Twenty20 cricket players in the world will see their Indian Premier League (IPL) salaries cut if they do not return to their franchises for the completion of the 2021 season, according to a report from InsideSport.
With this year’s competition being severely disrupted due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India and now heading to the UAE to be completed during September and October, some of the tournament's high-profile stars are unlikely to be able to fulfil their contracts for this season.
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When a player is bought at an auction, the highest bid at which he is acquired becomes that player’s salary, and the salaries are calculated on a per season basis. Players are paid in three to four tranches over 12 months for playing the full IPL season.
With a number of international cricket events postponed last year because of the pandemic, the 2021 schedule is already full. With commitments to their own cricket boards, highly-paid IPL stars such as Australians Pat Cummins and David Warner will find it difficult to make themselves available for their respective teams when the IPL resumes.
Australian bowler Cummins, who is contracted to Kolkata Knight Riders, is on a deal worth US$2.1 million while his countryman and batsman Warner, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, is paid US$1.72 million a season.
As for the English-based players, Ashley Giles, the managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has already said that England players will not be allowed to participate in the resumption of the IPL due to their national commitments.
Now an official from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) has told the sports business outlet that overseas players would only be paid on a pro-rata basis if they do not return for the rest of the tournament.
“In case [foreign players] can’t make it to the UAE, franchises will be within their right to cut their salaries and pay them only on a pro-rata basis,