IPL News: A sense of relief clouded the cricketing fraternity after the good news regarding the hosting of the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the UAE was announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, the resumption of the abruptly ended tournament during the September-October window leaves the BCCI with a plethora of problems to fix and address.
Besides managing the availability of overseas players for their respective franchises, the board has been confronted with the issue of players’ salary in the case of their unavailability.
The IPL governing board- the BCCI, in a media interaction confirmed that the foreign players, who will be unavailable for the remaining second leg of the IPL 2021 scheduled in the UAE later this year, would face a slash in their respective salaries. Additionally, the reports explicitly said that the players will only be paid the amount for engaging in phase 1 of the IPL 2021 that was conducted in India.
“Yes it is correct, in case they (foreign players) can’t make it to UAE for IPL, franchises will be within their right to cut their salaries and pay them only on a pro-rata basis,” confirmed the BCCI official as quoted by Inside Sport.
Primarily, overseas players from England, Australia and New Zealand seem to be unavailable for the second tag of IPL 2021.
This means that foreign players with a hefty price tag- Ben Stokes, Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner and Pat Cummins will have to let go of their salaries.
The fourteenth edition of the IPL that was being played in India abruptly ended mid-way after several positive Covid-19 cases were reported among players and staff of franchises. With the conduction of just half of the tournament, the edition was indefinitely suspended on May 4 by the IPL governing body and the officials.
As of now, the remainder of 31 matches will now take place in the UAE in the secured bio-bubbles. Even though the exact dates aren’t announced, it is understood that the tournament will start on September 18 or 19 and end by October 10.