Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have asked six top English international players to quit international cricket and take up multi-million-pound annual contracts to play T20 leagues around the year, according to a report by Times London.
Owners of top IPL franchises asked top English cricketers to quit international cricket. These owners will reportedly pay up to 5 million pounds to these English cricketers if they play for the T20 leagues.
However, the report did not reveal the names of IPL franchises and the top English cricketers. We still don’t know which players are involved in the discussion.
According to ‘The Times’ report, the discussions took place after six English players were approached by IPL franchise owners with the deal. Reportedly, the owners asked the players if they would accept a deal “that would make an Indian team their main employer, rather than the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) or an English county.”
If the deal is finalised, the English cricketers can play for the same franchise in different leagues all over the world. In recent years, IPL franchises have played in various leagues like CPL (West Indies) and SA T20 (South Africa). According to the source, the contract can be finalised by the end of the year.
According to Indian media, the Mumbai Indians (MI) have ownership of teams in South Africa and the United States. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have ownership in teams in the United States and West Indies.
The six teams in the South African-based league also have IPL ownership with IPL teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), Delhi Capitals (DC), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Earlier, IPL teams bought the South-African T20 league.
IPL is a men’s Twenty20 cricket league in India. It is contested by 10 city-based franchise teams every year in India.