Australia have a free window in September, which means their players may be available if BCCI manages to hold the tournament in the small window ahead of the T20 World Cup.
IPL-linked Australian players will receive payouts to the tune of $ 18 million even if they don’t return to play the rest of the tournament, thanks to their insurance policies. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) and the IPL Board of Directors made a unanimous decision to suspend the IPL indefinitely after cases of Covid-19 were reported in three different camps in different cities.
While the chairman of the board, Sourav Ganguly, said he did a “post-mortem” and examined the reasons why such a violation occurred despite the strict regulations in place, it is understood that there has had a number of incidents, mostly in different cities due to the cluster-caravan model, which is believed to have contributed to the spread of the virus in the bio-secure environment.
Meanwhile, the BCCI is currently thinking about everything possible windows for the conduct of the remainder of the tournament, the disposal of which, according to early estimates from the BCCI, can amount to a whopping INR 2500 Crore. Ruling out any possibility of carrying out the same in India, Ganguly, in a recent interaction, informed that the India tour in Sri Lanka and the difficult management of the quarantine are two reasons why IPL 2021 cannot be carried out in India.
As the council’s quest to organize the cash-rich league continues, voices from other corners on prioritizing international engagements over the rescheduled IPL have begun to come in. Ashley Giles, England men’s cricket director, mentioning the ‘full FTP schedule’ of As of June this is the first indication that English players may not be available for the tournament no matter when. it is postponed.
No financial loss for Australian cricketers
Several Australian cricketers have large IPL contracts. However, since 2011 all deductibles have started to be covered by insurance policies for their players if they miss the tournament for any reason. Tournament cancellation is also covered by these policies which is a huge sigh of relief for them as they will receive their payments in full even if they do not return.
That said, Australia have a free window in September, which means their players may be available if BCCI manages to hold the tournament in the small window ahead of the T20 World Cup. However, a busy schedule follows for them as they face Afghanistan in a spot test in November followed by ashes.