This year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) is postponed indefinitely amid the COVID-19 pandemic after India extended its lockdown till May 3rd. The eight-team Twenty20 competition league, which was originally scheduled to begin on March 29, was initially deferred until Wednesday before India announced a three-week lockdown last month. The IPL is golden goose for each and every top cricketer of the world as it provides them with its biggest pay cheque every year. As the league season is in limbo players are the biggest loser as they stand to lose multi-million dollar contracts.
If the 13th edition of the IPL fails to take off, cricketers across the world will lose more than ₹ 600 crore from salaries alone. Expectedly, Indian cricket stars will be the worst hit as the collective contracts for the 121 Indian cricketers, engaged by eight different franchisees, stand at ₹ 358.15 crore, according to the InsideSport IPL Moneyball real time salary calculator. Cricket world’s biggest and most expensive brand Virat Kohli expectedly will be the biggest loser as he enjoyed the fattest IPL salary of ₹ 17 crore. Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant come next with the pay packets of ₹ 15 crore each. There are four others in the ₹ 11 crore bracket.
Among the other countries, Australians will end up the biggest losers and Nepal figures on the lowest risk pedestal for the ₹ 20 lakh salary of the Himalayan nation’s sole representation Sandeep Lamichhane. Here are the details of the country wise losses as per the IPL Moneyball salary calculator:
India (₹ 358.15 cr): The home team players as stated earlier will expectedly will be at the highest loss – of ₹ 358.15 crore. The amount would have been ₹ 20 lakh more had the oldest players to be picked in the auction, Praveen Tambe, not been disqualified. Among the 121 Indians with IPL contracts, Kohli gets the highest ₹ 17 crore with three other players in the ₹ 15 crore and four more players in the ₹ 11 crore salary bracket.
Australia (₹86.75 cr): Among the 11 Australian Cricketers with IPL 2020 contracts, four – highest ever salaried foreigner Pat Cummins (₹15.5 cr), Steve Smith (₹ 12.5 cr), David Warner (₹ 12.5 cr) and Glenn Maxwell (₹10.75 cr) – are in the elite ₹10 crore+ bracket. That propels Australians as the highest earning overseas nationals in the BCCI-run professional league, and off course the biggest losers too if the event were cancelled.
West Indies (₹ 56.95 cr): The Caribbean cricketers have emerged as the biggest community of professional players who are seen more playing in global cricket leagues than representing the combined team of the Island nations at the West Indies. IPL 2020 will if all goes well will have 11 West Indian cricket stars in action. And if the Coronavirus threat derails the league, the West Indian cricketers will collectively end up losing an opportunity to earn around ₹ 57 crore. Sunil Narine (₹ 12.5 cr) will suffer the biggest financial blow.
England (₹ 43.80 cr): IPL 2020 will also have an 11 of English cricketers to represent different teams with a collective salary purse of ₹ 43.80 crore. Ben Stokes (₹12.5 cr) and Tom Curran (₹ 10 cr) enjoy the most lucrative deals among the Englishmen with Eoin Morgan (₹ 5.25 cr) being the next best.
South Africa (₹ 34.60 cr): AB de Villiers (₹ 11 cr) and Chris Morris (₹10 cr) are the only two Proteas with the nine-figure contracts for IPL 2020. But ten South African players salary runs up to ₹ 34.60 crore.
New Zealand (₹ 15.68 cr): Only and only if New Zealand icon like Kane Williamson (₹ 3.00 cr), Trent Bolt (₹ 3.20 cr) and Lockie Ferguson (₹ 11.60 cr) could have seen their actual worth translate into the bid values at the IPL player auction, the Kiwis collectively would have been far more better placed in IPL gross earnings. That obviously also lessens Kiwis’ gross deficit if the IPL fails to take off or they are paid on pro rata in the event of a curtailed league.
Afghanistan (₹ 14.00 cr): There are only three Afghan players contracted for the IPL 2020 season, but all with lucrative salaries – Rashid Khan (₹ 9.00 cr), Mujeeb ur Rahman (₹ 4.00 cr) and young Mohammad Nabi (₹ 1.00 cr). This means, that Afghanistan players stand to collectively miss a revenue of ₹ 14 crore in case there is no IPL.
Sri Lanka (₹ 2.20 cr): Incidentally a majority of Sri Lankan cricketers have failed to find a favour with the IPL franchisees. Veteran Lasith Malinga is retained by Mumbai Indians for his base price of ₹ 2 crore and the only other representation from the country has a basic minimum ₹ 20 lakh contract from Rajasthan Royals. Their collective salary stands at a mere ₹ 2.20 crore.
Nepal (₹ 20 lakh): Sandeep Lamichhane for the third successive year has put the Himalayan nation on the IPL map with his continuing ₹ 20 lakh contract with the Delhi Capitals. That will be Nepal’s only loss in a no IPL scenario.
The IPL franchisees are protected by a clause in the players’ contracts that restricts the salary payment to the number of appearances / availability for the games on pro-rata basis. That means, if there are no matches the players won’t get any payments for the IPL 2020 season.