Let us inform that the new season of BBL will be played from December 13 this year to February 4, while the first tournament of IL T20 is to be played from January 6 to February 12. This makes it impossible for Australian players to join both leagues. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, at least 15 Australian players have been offered 7 million Australian dollars to withdraw from the Big Bash League and play in the UAE league.
According to the current central contract of Australia’s top players, no player can be forced to play in the BBL. David Warner did not play in this league in 2014. The BBL’s highest ever payout went to Darcy Short at US$258,000 (370,000 Australian dollars).
This amount is much less compared to what Australian players have been paid in the Indian Premier League (IPL). But with IPL league owners also investing in T20 leagues in the UAE and Cricket South Africa, Cricket Australia will need to revise its payment structure for the BBL.
According to the newspaper, “The players in the UAE League have been offered hefty sums which are much higher than the BBL, putting Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association under pressure.”
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