There is news that the Australian cricketers are most likely to forego their IPL contracts in the wake of COVID – 19. IPL has been postponed by the board till April 15 as India has already reported several positive cases of coronavirus. Cricket Australia has not yet directed its players officially saying that they are being contacted individually by the board and they will only decide whether they are ready to play IPL this year or not. Cricket Australia further says that they can only provide advice but cannot force the players to take a certain action.
It further says that they are more worried about the fact that they are directly contacted by the board. They say that there will be a time when the players will show interest to play IPL this year as well and it is our perspective to advise them regarding the same.
Roberts says that BCCI and their IPL division will also have their perspectives and players also have their perspectives. Amidst all of these, we hope that the players will reach the best possible decision at times of uncertain circumstances.
It was reported by the Australian newspapers that Cricket Australia is reviewing all IPL contracts and is trying to make up their mind. They are thinking about whether they should allow their players to come all the way to India for the 13th IPL season. 17 Australian players are contracted individually.
Cricket Australia says that they may ask Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell to give up on their rich contracts with IPL. Cummins has become the highest-paid overseas player in the history of IPL. He has a contract worth of $3.2 million with Kolkata Knight Riders.