In the wake of the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, the local media announced on Tuesday that the Australian cricketers may have to forego their lucrative IPL contracts.
The IPL has been postponed until April 15 with India reporting over 120 positive cases and 3 deaths due to COVID-19.
Cricket Australia has not officially directed the players with its chief executive, Kevin Roberts, saying that the players were individually contracted to their IPL teams and would make up their own minds to participate in the IPL 2020 or not.
Roberts said, “We can provide advice. We’re conscious of the fact that Australian players are individually contracted to the IPL and the time will certainly come very soon where players are going to be really interested and leaning on our perspective as their leader… to advise them in that regard.”
He further added, “And then there will also be a perspective from the BCCI and their IPL division within that and together with our players and the BCCI, I am sure players will reach the best possible decisions in uncertain circumstances.”
Talking about Australia cricketers, there are 17 Aussie players contracted with different IPL franchises. The reports from Australia state that pacer Pat Cummins, former skipper Steve Smith and opener David Warner along with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell could be asked to give up on their rich IPL contracts.
Pat Cummins had become the highest played overseas player in the history of IPL with a contract worth of $ 3.2 million with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell received a $2.2 million with Kings XI Punjab.