Brendon McCullum | IPL 10 |
Brendon McCullum plays a shot during IPL. Image: BCCI

The tenth edition of the Indian Premier League is just two matches away from its conclusion.

The soon-to-be-concluded season, that began on April 5 with last year’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore locking horns against each other, has been as exciting and absorbing as the previous nine seasons.

The remaining three teams in the tournament and their fans are now bracing up for the final two games of the tournament which will end on May 21. But amidst all the excitement and buzz of the tournament, Gujarat Lions opener Brendon McCullum has raised up an unfortunate issue.

The former New Zealand skipper took to Twitter to clarify the air of uncertainty surrounding the salary he is being paid by his IPL franchise. Posting a news item that dissected the salary of the players in the IPL, McCullum said that he is still paid the same amount when he was playing with the now-suspended Chennai Super Kings instead of the amount reported by the news article.

Pointing out the mistake, he tweeted:“McCullum tweeted, “I was on $700k NZD not $1.67m NZD.  I wd have a bigger mower if that was the case.”

Clarifying his salary in another tweet, the swashbuckling opener tweeted:

“I get what i was on @ChennaiIPL. Yes i was bought for 7.5 crore but i dont get that. It was a salary cap deduction only.”

This is when former England batsman Kevin Pietersen joined the discussion. However, instead of empathising with McCullum, the cricketer-turned-commentator posted a hilarious message, pointing out that the former Kiwi international would soon join him in the commentary box that would not only ensure a better pay but would also give him a comfortable environment.

“Soon you’ll be with us in the comm box bud. Get lots more in there & don’t sweat!,” Pietersen tweeted.

McCullum took the tweet in a positive manner and replied by saying:

“Ahahahaha. Better pay, no pressure and finally i will average 50 in Test Cricket! Will be sweet as bro!! Haha.”

But with Pietersen luring McCullum with the lucrative prospects of the commentary box, the official Twitter handle of Indian Premier League soon joined the discussion and pointed out the rigours of the commentary job. The IPL handle posted an image of former Australian opener and commentator Matthew Hayden, drenched in the sweat.

However, Pietersen was not ready to accept that and tried to prove his point by tweeting:” Haydos just spilt a drink! 😉.”

 

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