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“Players leaving IPL early for national duty should be penalised”: Gavaskar

Cricket"Players leaving IPL early for national duty should be penalised": Gavaskar

Srinagar: BCCI should act tough against players who opt to leave IPL midway in order to join national Duty, suggested former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.

England players are likely to leave IPL early in order to play for England vs Pakistan. Last month, ECB clarified that players picked for the T20 World Cup will have to return home before May 22, for the home series against Pakistan

Soon after England announced their squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup late last month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) clarified that the cricketers picked for the ICC tournament have to return home from their ongoing IPL duties for the home contest against Pakistan, which begins from May 22 onwards.

Even though the BCCI were quick to initiate a conversation with the ECB to come to a conclusion in favour of the IPL franchises who will suffer a big loss post May 17, there have been no official update on the change of plans for England players.

“I am all for players choosing country before anything else but having assured various franchises about their availability for the full season, if they pull out now, it will be letting down the franchises which probably pay them more money in one IPL season which they don’t earn in a few seasons with their country. The franchises should not only be allowed to deduct a substantial amount from the fee that the player was bought for, but also not give the Board, to which the player belongs, the stated 10 per cent commission of the fee that each player gets.

If the Board has gone back on its assurance they need to be penalised too. By the way, this 10 per cent commission to the Boards happens only in the IPL and nowhere else. Not in the Australian Big Bash nor in the ECB’s The Hundred, nor in the Caribbean Premier League, nor any other T20 league anywhere else in the world. Does the BCCI get any thanks for its generosity? No way,” he said.

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