The Indian Premier League is the most popular T20 cricket league in the world but according to latest reports Australian board wants five of its top cricketers to stop playing for the league.
According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket Australia has offered long-term contracts to Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in an attempt to woo them to stop playing in the cash-rich league. The offer has come at a time when there is a dispute going on between the governing body and Australian Cricketers’ Association over the new contract for the players.
But the new contract has not gone down well with the players as they have shown the negative response so far. The same report also stated the top five players are not eager to sign the contract as it would need even a higher amount to make the players skip playing IPL.
Steve Smith is currently the captain of the Rising Pune Supergiant While David Warner is captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Warner has led the team to win the title in 2016. Warner’s is estimated to be worth USD 2 million but he could easily earn as much as USD 10 million over the next three years in the IPL.
Fast Bowler Mitchell Starc in an interview with ESPNCricinfo has said that “top players are not prepared to contemplate the offer of multi-year contracts from Cricket Australia – in exchange for skipping the IPL – until a new pay deal is struck between the board and the Australian Cricketers’ Association.”
CA according to reports has stated that the move is aimed at minimising injuries and avoids the controversial resting of players such as Smith in Sri Lanka and Starc and Hazlewood in South Africa last year.