Big Bash League In Danger As Australian Cricketers Offered Huge Sums Of Money To Join UAE T20 Instead Of Big Bash

According to reports, the International League (ILT20) in the UAE has offered 15 elite Australian players a staggering AUD 700,000(INR 3,84,16,336) to leave the Big Bash League (BBL), whose dates coincide, creating significant conflict among Cricket Australia officials.

Australian players won’t be able to compete in either competition because the Big Bash League will take place from December 13 to February 4 and the first ILT20 will take place from January 6 to February 12.

The UAE T20 League, a six-team competition, is scheduled to start in January next year. It will consist of 34 games, with each side playing the others twice in the league and then four playoff matches.

Up to 15 Australian players have reportedly received offers paying up to AUD 700,000(INR 3,84,16,336 ) per year to leave the Big Bash League, according to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald. Under their current central contracts, the majority of the best Australian athletes are not required to participate in the BBL, and Warner hasn’t participated in a single season since 2014.

D’arcy Short received the biggest draft-related payment in the BBL to date, which was USD 258,000 (AUD 370,000),(INR 2,03,05,777.60) and it was substantially less than what famous Australian players received in the IPL.

The BBL will need to rethink its pay scale to retain the finest in the game, though, since Indian IPL owners have invested in the UAE and CSA T20 leagues.

The Big Bash League (BBL), according to sources by the Sydney Herald, is expected to receive a huge boost as David Warner, one of Australia’s best batsmen, is reportedly close to agreeing to a contract with Sydney Thunder this weekend.

In order to reassure players that they are not falling behind the rest of the world, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association have come under intense pressure. The International League T20 (ILT20) is positioned to overtake the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the second highest paying league in the world.

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