Corona virus has resulted in cancellation of many domestic and international tournaments and series across the globe or matches are being played empty stands. 3-match ODI series between India and South Africa has been cancelled. World Road Safety T20 Series 2020 has been cancelled. 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed till 15the April.
Lots of countries have posted ban on foreign travels. They have suspended visas of foreign nationals. With all these things, it seems that Australian players Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell might not be possible to come for IPL 2020 and their contracts might be cancelled.
Cricket Australia (CA) issues No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to its players to take part in various T20 leagues across the world such as IPL and The Hundred series in UK etc. But, as per reports, that is currently under review.
On Tuesday, the Chief Executive of CA Kevin Roberts said that the players were directly contracted to their respective IPL franchises and had the power to make their decisions on them own but in consultation with CA to compete in the postponed IPL 2020 or not.
Roberts said, “We can provide advice. We’re conscious of the fact that Australian players are individually contracted to the IPL and the time will certainly come very soon where players are going to be really interested and leaning on our perspective as their leader… to advise them in that regard.”
“And then there will also be a perspective from the BCCI and their IPL division within that and together with our players and the BCCI I’m sure players will reach the best possible decisions in uncertain circumstances,” Kevin added.
In the mini auction for the 13th audition of the IPL, Pat Cummins became the highest paid overseas player ever with Kolkata Knight Riders buying him for a massive 15.50 Crore Indian Rupees. Glenn Maxwell was bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 Crores too, While Steve Smith and David Warner has been retained by their respective franchises Rajasthan Royals and SunrisersHyderabad for INR 12.50 Crore each.