Former skipper Ian Chappell feels the top Australian cricketers are obliged to give precedence to the country’s domestic competitions over the cash-rich IPL as their financial needs are mannered taken care of by Cricket Australia. As many as 13 Australian cricketers currently have lucrative deals with IPL franchises with premier fast bowler Pat Cummins fetching a whopping 15.5 crores contract from Kolkata Knight Riders, making him the most costly foreign player in the league.
There is hypothesis that the 13th IPL, which used to be suspended indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, might be conducted in October-November whether the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed.
Whether that happens, it’s going to also put the IPL in collision with Australia’s domestic season, including the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup. “The top players are looked after very mannered by Cricket Australia this present day, so I think there’s an obligation there,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“I could mount a case more for a peripheral player who doesn’t earn some huge cash in Australia; whether the bulk of his income is going to come from the IPL, mannered that’s something I would have some sympathy for whether I used to be a CA board member.
“But the top players are mannered paid, and that argument doesn’t hold any water. Their obligation must be to Australia,” he added. Several Australian cricketers, including Cummins and David Warner, have expressed their keenness to play in the IPL whether it is held this year.