Just In: A local Australian News Channel claimed that, The International League in UAE offered AUD 700,000 deals to 15 top Australian players for skipping the upcoming season of Big Bash League. The issue came into limelight after the Starting Dates of the upcoming editions of BBL and ILT20 overlapped.
The report revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald states that, “As many as 15 Australian players have been offered contracts worth up to AUD 700,000 a year to abandon the Big Bash League and play in the UAE Twenty20 tournament in January.”
“The Scale of the attempted raid on Australian players goes far beyond the threat of losing one player – David Warner- to the UAE because he does not have a BBL Deal. The UAE contract sizes so far above and beyond what has been on offer in the BBL”, claims the report.
According to the Official Schedule, the next season of Big Bash League will start from 13th December to 4th February 2023, whereas the opening edition of ILT20 is scheduled from 6th January to 12th February 2022. In such a scenario, it’s virtually impossible for Australian Cricketers to participate in both events.
The news is causing un-tolerable tension for Australia Cricket Board because most of the senior Aussies players have the right to skip BBL under their existing Central Contract, which means several members could abandon BBL 2022 for this whopping deal.
The Indian IPL franchises are now investing in UAE and CSA T20 Leagues. The offers made by these Franchises to top-rated cricketers are significantly more than BBL, which means Cricket Australia needs to re-look their paying structure to keep themselves On in the Business.