The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 got suspended in the wake of the second COVID-19 wave. As some players in the bio-bubble were infected by the virus. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council took a unanimous decision to suspend the IPL indefinitely.
The Australian cricketers will receive payments to the tune of $18 million (around Rs 132 crore) even if they do not return to play the remainder of the tournament. It will because of their insurance policies.
IPL Policy for Players:
Several Australian cricketers possess a fat IPL contract, but since 2011, all franchisees have started getting themselves covered with insurance policies. Cancellation of the tournament is also covered in these policies as they will receive their payments in full even if they do not return.
Australia does have a free window in September, which means their players can be available if the BCCI manage to conduct the IPL in the small window before the T20 World Cup.
However, a busy schedule follows for them as they face Afghanistan in a one-off Test in November followed by the Ashes.
The BCCI is currently mulling over all possible windows to complete the cash-rich tournament as the scrapping, as per the BCCI’s early estimates, would cost a whopping INR 2500 crore.
Sourav Ganguly in a recent interaction informed that India’s tour to Sri Lanka and the difficult quarantine management are two reasons why IPL 2021 cannot be conducted in India.
Where the rest of the IPL can be organised:
Depending on the Covid-19 situation in India, the league can be played either in the country itself or in UAE or England. UAE remains the front-runner to conduct it since it had already completed the tournament in the previous year in similar circumstances.
However, England can also be an option, given that most Indian players will be there for the series against England. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also offered to host the tournament and cannot be ignored as a venue for the tournament.