At the Special General Meeting (SGM), BCCI has decided to conduct the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) in UAE. The decision will be finalized once the UAE govt accepts the proposal. With the postponement of IPL due to covid-19, foreign players have returned home.
With a jam-packed international schedule in the coming months, BCCI might host the second part of IPL 2021 in the UAE without some of the overseas cricketers. ECB managing director Ashley Giles has stated that its centrally contracted players will not be part of the event in the UAE. In the meanwhile, the boards of other countries are scrutinizing the situation.
Overseas cricketers likely to face salary cut for skipping 2nd half of IPL 2021
A few players are yet to make their way back to their countries. Amidst all this, the BCCI released a statement which further worried the foreign players. In a recent conversation with the media, a top BCCI Official has made it known that the foreign players who shun the remainder of IPL 2021 in UAE will be paid on a pro-rata basis.
He mentioned that the players doing so will only be paid for the first phase of IPL 2021 that was organized in India.
“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,” confirmed the BCCI official as quoted by Inside Sport.
English and Aussie players likeliest to be hit hard
Notable names like David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jhye Richardson, Glenn Maxwell, Jos Buttler, Johnny Bairstow, and New Zealander Kyle Jamieson will be bearing the brunt of this decision. The Kiwi cricketer – Jamieson, however, is uncertain about his participation in IPL 2021 and stated that he will make a decision once the Test series gets over.
The first phase of the IPL 2021 that took place in India was temporarily suspended after a breach in bio-bubble. Players from multiple franchises reportedly tested positive and BCCI had no choice but to postpone and change the destination.