The Asian Age

Aussie cricketers risk massive financial jolt


Melbourne, March 19: Australia’s ODI skipper Aaron Finch has said that his country’s cricketers risk getting a massive financial jolt if the IPL and their home season are halted by the COVID-19 pandemic but they have to accept the situation as “we’re all in this together”.

Cricket Australia has already said that it may review the NOCs given to the players for IPL and now the government has imposed unpreceden­ted travel restrictio­ns, which are likely to jeopardise the Australian players’ participat­ion in the postponed T20 league.

The event which was to start on March 29, has now been set for April 15. “That’s the risk you take when you have the revenue-share model, when the organisati­on takes a hit then so do we. We understand we’re all in this together,” Finch told radio station SEN.

“I’m sure in the long run, everything will be back to normal at some stage. It’s just hard to say when.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a blanket “do not travel overseas” advisory that will remain in place indefinite­ly, to help contain the coronaviru­s pandemic.

At least 17 cricketers have lucrative IPL contracts and a number of off-field positions are also at stake. Australia are also scheduled to host India for a Test series and the men’s T20 World Cup later this year.

Finch, who was scheduled to join India skipper Virat Kohli at the Royal Challenger­s Bangalore, acknowledg­ed the travel advisory and expressed helplessne­ss in this extraordin­ary situation. “We’ve never seen anything like this. That (travel advice) has changed over the last couple of hours. That could change in two weeks or three weeks, it’s hard to plan anything,” he said.

“But it’s just about making sure everyone around you personally is safe and you’re doing everything you can to stop the spread.”

Pat Cummins had become the highestpai­d cricketer during the IPL auction. — PTI

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