Almost all of the 10 IPL franchises have branched out into more than a few leagues, together with CPL (West Indies), SA T20 ,south africa), Global T20 League (UAE) and the impending Major League T20 in america.
The document, then again, does now not state that are the franchises which were approached and who’re the gamers concerned within the dialogue.
There can also be an bold Saudi T20 league the place one of the crucial IPL franchises may well be making an investment.
‘The Times’ document quotes: “Initial discussions have taken place after at least six English players, including some international stars, were approached by IPL franchise owners and asked whether, in principle, they would accept a deal that would make an Indian team their main employer, rather than the ECB or an English county.”
“This development follows discussions among players’ unions around the world about the potential implications of 12-month franchise contracts, which would be a significant step towards the football model of elite players being primarily contracted to their team and released for international duty, rather than the other way around.
“One supply instructed The Times that contract provides may just come once the tip of the yr.”
There is no doubt that T20 cricket is here to stay and T10 is also fast catching the imagination of the public.
While ICC has always thought about putting a cap on the number of leagues that an active contracted player can take part in a year, one cannot rule out a possibility of a lot of young players either retiring from international cricket or giving up on central contracts to become free agents. The only hurdle in such a scenario could be ‘NOC’ from the respective country’s cricket board.
“The chance of this type of fashion being followed has grown increasingly more most likely in recent times as some IPL franchise house owners have purchased stakes in numerous T20 tournaments within the UAE, South Africa, Caribbean — and now the United States with the brand new Major League Cricket mission which starts in July,” the newspaper was quoted as saying.
The paper also claimed that a discussion on similar lines took place with star Australian T20 specialists as well.
“Discussions have already taken position with quite a few high-profile Australian gamers about full-time offers however this has now been prolonged to English gamers. Contracts might be value upwards of GBP 2 million a yr or even as excessive as GBP 5 million — greater than 5 instances the price of the best possible England central contracts.”
The paper also spoke about the possibility of having partial contracts both with ECB or county and the IPL franchise, especially, the ones who play white-ball cricket.
“Reduced IPL offers — masking a minimum of 3 of the rounds — would even be on be offering. It is not likely that any of England’s Test stars will stroll clear of their central contracts in want of a franchise contract however the sheer sum of money on be offering makes that is a possibility someday.
“What is more likely is that players will arrange “bespoke” deals depending on their own circumstances, which could result in them being part-contracted to their county or the ECB and part-contracted to a franchise.”