Indian star attraction has faded for the Indian Premier League in the Indian Premier League. However, the disappointing scenario will not dig a hole in players’ and their franchisees’ pockets.
Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav will miss either a decent chuck of or the entire IPL. But, the players will still not miss out on their earnings from their respective IPL contracts as BCCI has insured its centrally-contracted players for such situations.
“Earlier, franchises had to pay a player even if he was injured, and this led to some discontent among them. They started insuring players’ salaries. Then the BCCI stepped in to insure salaries of all contracted players,” Amrit Mathur, former CEO of Delhi Daredevils, has told New Indian Express.
Never before in the past nine editions has the tournament lost so many India players to injuries, but given their workload during the last six months or so, it hardly comes as a surprise. In 13 Tests since September 22, 2016, to March 29, India featured 21 players. Only Cheteshwar Pujara, Ashwin and Jadeja played all of them. The latter two bowled over 4,000 deliveries each during that period, while Umesh rolled his arm over 2,135 times, says and Express report.
Couple of years ago, players would have thought twice before deciding to skip IPL matches. There have been instances in the past when players joined their respective teams while carrying niggles and injuries, and they subsequently sat out the entire campaign. But the franchises had to pay them.
However, even as the players’ are secured, franchisees and the broadcaster remain sufferers as absence of some of the mega stars will certainly dent the commercial value of league.
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This once again brings the spotlight back on the scheduling of the matches, as the IPL begins six days after the just-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The Lodha panel had called for at least 10-15 days of gap between the two events so that players get sufficient recovery time. However, the BCCI has once again snubbed their recommendations, saying that the international calendar had been finalised long ago.
“Look. We don’t have any control over injuries. But in a season where so much cricket was played, the scheduling could have been handled better. After the Lodha panel recommendations came into effect, the franchises discussed it with BCCI. But they have said this will be taken care only in the next season. Champions Trophy is coming up, and even if there is a small niggle, players won’t risk that. So we are in a catch-22 situation,” a franchise official said.