Will Australian Players Leave the Indian Premier League?

By Dhanu Delphi on May 12, 2017

The Indian Premier League has two teams that are captained by Australian cricket players. David Warner is the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Steven Smith is the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiants. Rising Pune Supergiants is currently in the third place in the 2017 IPL, and Sunrisers Hyderabad is in fourth place.

There are a number of Australian cricket players in the Indian Premier League every year. While the players both enjoy the IPL, and find it quite lucrative, Cricket Australia would prefer its players to stay away.

The reason given is that Cricket Australia would like its top players to take time off in April and May in order to be refreshed and ready to play for Australia’s matches. The Australian cricket governing body is also concerned about potential injuries that could be sustained during the IPL season.

Cricket Australia has offered a number of players an incentive to stay away from the IPL from next year. It appears that the offer has been made to Steve Smith, the Australian Test captain, David Warner, the vice-captain, along with Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins, all of whom are fast bowlers.

It appears, however, that while Cricket Australia is offering its players multi-year contracts that will last for three years, there is not much else to attract the players to accept the governing body’s proposition. For players like Smith and Warner, both of whom are IPL franchise captains, the financial incentive to play in the IPL is great, amounting to over US $1 million per year. It is also expected that IPL earnings will be rising with a new Indian Premier League broadcast deal.

While Warner would be retained by Cricket Australia for approximately US $2 million, he could earn five times that amount in the Indian Premier League over the upcoming three years.

Australia may prefer their top players to stay away, but they would have to offer a much larger cash incentive to convince their players to do so.