At the start of last week, IPL 2021 was suspended due to covid cases in the bio-bubble of four teams. The tournament came to a bitter end for all the fans. However, the suspension of the tournament is unlikely to impact the wages of players. According to InsideSport, full salaries will be paid to all the players even if the players are not able to come back after the tournament resumes. The IPL franchises will keep in mind the salaries and they surely won’t miss out.
The Australian players in this year’s edition are going to get $18 million, which is only behind the Indian players. Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, and Pat Cummins are the highest earners in the tournament. Only three of the players, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson are not going to get any amount as they have forgone the salaries after they decided to get back to their homeland early.
There’s a slim chance that some Australian players could return if the tournament resumes in the future. If players like Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile are not selected for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh then they just need to carry a ‘No Objectification Certificates’ by Cricket Australia.
Australian cricketers including Steve Smith, David Warner, and Pat Cummins will stay with the side to play the bilateral series, and maybe Glenn Maxwell would be available for limited over series as he was in great form.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has already stressed on the exact figures of money lost if the tournament doesn’t resume anytime soon. IPL 2021 unlikely to resume anytime soon since there is no window in the international calendar. Franchises and BCCI will end up facing the brunt due to lack of games, but the Indian cricket board continues to insist that tournament is not cancelled. From players perspective, they don’t have to worry about the uncertainty surrounding the wage packet.
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