The IPL franchises are likely to cut the salary of foreign players who will not turn up to participate in the remainder of the IPL 2021 once it resumes in the UAE. Players from England and Bangladesh are likely to give it a miss as suggested by their respective boards.
The Indian Premier League 2021 will resume in September to finish the remaining season in UAE after the league got suspended once the coronavirus breached into the bio-bubble of IPL franchises. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were the first players to come in contact with the virus.
BCCI found September-October’s window the most suitable time to stage the remaining 31 games of the IPL 2021. England and Sri Lanka were the other options to host the league but UAE came first after successfully hosting the IPL last year.
Meanwhile, a BCCI official revealed the franchises will be within rights if they opt for a cutting the salary of players who will not come to play in UAE.
“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,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Inside Sport, reported Times Now.
The BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla had earlier made it clear that the tournament will go on even if the foreign stars refuse to turn up when the league resumes. The tournament will be hosted in the Middle East, just ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup that’s likely to be staged in India, if the COVID situation improves in the country.
England have a tight schedule later this year and ECB have confirmed their national players will not be able to participate in IPL keeping the forthcoming Ashes later this year in mind.