Former captain Ian Chappell believes top Australian cricketers are bound to give preference to the country’s domestic championships for the cash-rich IPL as their financial needs have been well taken care of by Cricket Australia. The 13 Australian cricketers currently have lucrative deals with the IPL franchise with leading fast bowler Pat Cummins, who is contracting Rs 15.5 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders, making him the most expensive overseas player in the league.
There is speculation that the 13th IPL, which was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 epidemic, may be held in October-November when the T20 World Cup is postponed in Australia.
If that happens, it will also tie the IPL with Australia’s home season, including the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup. “These days the top players are very well taken care of by Cricket Australia, so I think there is an obligation there,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
“I can file more cases for a peripheral player who doesn’t make a lot of money in Australia; if a large part of his income is going to come from the IPL, well that would be something I would have some sympathy for CA Board Member.
“But the top players are well paid, and this argument holds no water. Their obligation should be to Australia,” he said. Many Australian cricketers, including Cummins and David Warner, have expressed their eagerness to play in the IPL to be held this year.