AGENCIES, New Delhi: No play, no pay. This could well be the new mantra for players, who have signed up for this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Call it bad timing for them as IPL 2020 has been postponed from March 29 to April 15 due to coronavirus pandemic and no one knows what’s in store after this date.
Observers say that unless BCCI figures out an alternate window later in the year which may compromise a few bilateral commitments, there’s not much to expect.
“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,” a senior official of an IPL said.
“The BCCI has specific guidelines. Obviously, no player will be paid as of now,” he added.
In fact, the economic implications of a season without IPL could be huge, admitted BCCI Players’ body — the Indian Cricketers’ Association — president Ashok Malhotra.
Malhotra feels that even domestic players may have to accept pay cuts if losses occur amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right now, BCCI is looking at an alternate window as chances of a curtailed IPL in May look dim but nothing concrete has come out.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, however, said that at present, there hasn’t been any discussion about pay cuts.
Both officials agreed that BCCI needs to see what can be done even though they understand that the parent body stands to lose close to Rs 3,000 crore.
“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,” Malhotra said.