Several Australian players participated in the IPL 2021, which was suspended last week because of the covid-19 cases reported in four separate franchises. Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is eyeing the window pre or post the T20 World Cup, which is slated from mid-October to mid-November, to complete the remainder of the season.
However, premier Australia players are unlikely to feature in the IPL 2021 considering the international schedule. Cricket Australia could be looking to add bilateral matches before the T20 World Cup; post the mega-event, Australia will be hosting Afghanistan in a one-off Test followed by a high-profile Ashes series at home against England.
Australian players to earn their IPL contract money even if they don’t return this season
The Australian players will now have the option to not return to compete in the remainder of the season – 29 matches were played out of the total of 60 before the suspension of the tournament – and will also not risk losing their contract money, thanks to their insurance policies.
Few Australian players – Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Jhye Richardson – have contract with the IPL franchise worth millions, and the rest were also signed up for hefty amounts, adding up close to $18 million, which they would be paid even if they don’t turn up again this year as their insurance policies that are in place with the BCCI.
Since 2011, IPL franchises have started taking insurance policies for their players should they miss the tournament for any reason. Cancelation of the tournament by the board is also covered in these policies, which should help these cricketers make almost full of their contract.
However, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson, who left the tournament at their own will before it was postponed by the board, are unlikely to receive their full payments.
In the recent news, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket, Ashley Giles, had declared that the centrally contracted English players are unlikely to return to the IPL 2021 as they have a busy international schedule in the coming months. However, those not involved with the national team can choose to go to play in the cash-rich league.