IPL 2020 Cancellation Means No Pay For The Players

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IPL 2020 Cancellation Means No Pay For The Players 

IPL 2020 Cancellation Means No Pay For The Players
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The IPL 2020 has got a major blow due to the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak. If IPL 2020 gets cancelled, the players will not receive any salary.

IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to be organised between 29th March and 24th May 2020. However, coronavirus has forced to postpone this tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is desperate to organise the IPL 2020 as they are sorting out all the possibilities to organise the IPL 2020 successfully. But at present, they can’t take any decision about the IPL 2020 as coronavirus is still dominating the world. So, the cancellation of IPL 2020 is still possible.

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A senior official of an IPL franchise has recently confirmed that the players will not receive any salary if the IPL 2020 gets cancelled entirely.

The official claimed according to PTI, “The system of IPL payments is that 15 per cent is paid a week before the tournament starts. 65 per cent more is paid during the tournament. The remaining 20 percent is paid within a stipulated time after the tournament ends.

“The BCCI has specific guidelines. Obviously, no player will be paid as of now.”

As pandemic is not covered in the insurance clause, the franchises can’t provide the salaries for the players in case of full cancellation of IPL 2020.

Another franchise official said, “We will not get any money from insurance company as pandemic is not covered in the clause. Each franchise has salary overheads ranging between Rs 75 to 85 crore. How can we pay if there’s no action.”

IPL 2020 cancellation will massively hurt the first-timers

If the IPL 2020 fails to happen, the BCCI is likely to lose around INR 3,000 crore. The IPL franchises understand how much it will affect for the BCCI. However, the franchise officials have also pointed out that the IPL 2020 cancellation will mostly hurt for the first-timers.

Mumbai Indians, IPL 2020, cancellation
Mumbai Indians (Image Credits: BCCI/IPL)

An official added, “It’s not just the Dhonis and the Kohlis who will be affected. Surely they would feel the pinch but for many first-timers, the Rs 20, 40 or 60 lakh is serious life-changing money after all the hard work. Hope the BCCI has a plan in place.”

On the other hand, the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has claimed that they haven’t talked about the pay cuts yet due to no idea about the losses amount.

Dhumal said, “There has been no discussion at all on pay cuts. IPL obviously is BCCI’s biggest tournament. But at this point, it is very difficult to do calculations and estimate losses. The calculations are complex and till office-bearers get together, we can’t say anything.”

The Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) president Ashok Malhotra has also pointed out that the BCCI can’t provide the salary if the events get cancelled due to the pandemic. He believes that the pay hike can be delayed for further due to the present unavoidable situation.

Ashok Malhotra
Ashok Malhotra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Malhotra told, “The BCCI earns its money from cricket. If cricket is not happening, where will the money come from? We have to be sensible here.

“So, it’s not just international cricketers but domestic players will also be affected. It’s not the board’s fault. This is an unavoidable situation.”

However, the BCCI hasn’t lost their hope yet for the IPL 2020. If the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets cancelled, which Australia will host in October-November, it can bring a big opportunity for the BCCI to shift the IPL 2020 to this period.

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