Former Australian captain Mark Taylor is surprised that a large number of his countrymen remain in India for the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite the coronavirus epidemic. Taylor is particularly surprised by Steve Smith’s decision to stay with the small-money business. Three Australian players have returned home after the Kovid-19 affair in India, but with the exception of their 14 players, some coaches and commentators remain part of the IPL.
During a debate on Channel 9, Taylor said, “I’m a little surprised that there are so many Australian players out there.” If you are Pat Cummins, it is very difficult to leave cricket for six weeks. Steve Smith’s case is interesting because his contract is worth around 350,000 Australian dollars (Rs 2.2 crore with Delhi capitals), he said. For a player like Smith, this is probably not a big deal. I was surprised that they decided to go there.
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Taylor said the suggestion of Chris Lynn, another player with the Mumbai Indians, was absurd. Cricket Australia chartered flights should be arranged to bring players back at the end of the tournament, Lynn said. As Cricket Australia takes some percentage of their players’ IPL earnings, Lynn said they should work to bring them back. Taylor called the comment “nonsense.”
I think “Lynn’s response” is absurd. Cricket Australia takes up 10 per cent of the players’ contract, as it has made players worthy of coaching and other media. Taylor Tye, Adam Jampa and Kane Richardson have returned home as the Covid-19 cases are on the rise but most Australian players and coaches feel “comfortable” at the moment, Taylor said. Many players have said they are comfortable in the bubble, but what happens when the tournament is over. I hope the Australian players and coaches arrive home soon after the tournament.
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