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IPL 2021: Overseas players will face salary cuts on missing games in UAE

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now looking forward to resuming IPL 2021 during September and October in UAE. BCCI had indefinitely suspended the tournament in May due to COVID cases in the bio bubbles of four teams. International that won’t be able to feature in the new IPL 2021 window but pulling out of the competition will cost them.

A top BCCI official told Inside Sport that the international players will be paid on a pro-rata basis. The players will be paid for the number of matches he has stayed with the team during the IPL 2021.

“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.”

BCCI reportedly pays the salary of the players in three installments over 12 months for playing a full season in IPL. If BCCI was not able to conduct the tournament midway through the season, then the players would have been paid a full salary but this time the scenario is different. BCCI vice-president, Rajeev Shukla has already insisted that the tournament will go ahead irrespective of the availability of overseas players

England and Wales Cricket Board has decided that their players will not return for the IPL as they have a tight schedule lined up. England will host Pakistan and Bangladesh for the limited-overs and even if some players are rested, they will not get the NOC’s. Bangladesh Cricket Board has also decided to not allow Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman to play the remaining games of IPL 2021.

Cricket Australia is yet to decide but it is unlikely as they too have a tight schedule packed up. Highest earning players like Kyle Jamieson, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Glenn Maxwell can miss out on big salaries this season if they don’t play the second half of IPL 2021 in UAE.

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