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As the cricketing world likely to place their eyes on the all-important auction, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had doubled the sum that it pays to the international cricket boards for allowing their players to participate in the cash-rich Indian T20 tournament. The Indian board has been paying 10 percent of an overseas player’s annual fee to his national board since the inception of the IPL.

“We have made a provision whoever (whichever Board) provides players for the entire duration, we will pay the Board 20 percent,” Shukla said.

Earlier, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had confirmed that the BCCI has managed to convince other boards that there will be no international cricketing action during April and May, post-2019.

Boards understand the opportunity of IPL: Johri

“The other boards understand the opportunity of the IPL. They want their players to be available. In the FTP from 2019, there’s virtually no or very little international cricket during that period in the calendar. Our endeavor is to overcome even that little international cricket. That is a testimony to the strength of the IPL,” Johri told TOI.

Indian players not to play in other leagues

Johri also shed light on the Indian players not participating in other popular leagues across the world. He said that the Indian structure would get compromised if they allow Indian stalwarts to play in these leagues.

“Everyone would like the Indian players in their leagues too. But if we allow our domestic players then our domestic cricket will be harmed. For the health of global cricket, a strong India is very important. Everybody understands the position of BCCI,” Johri said.

Some of the big names will be up for auction in this year’s IPL, including that of England skipper Joe Root. The right-hand batsman will not participate in the T20I series against New Zealand and Australia, but he has made himself available for the IPL.

 

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.