Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram recently shared his opinion on foreign players leaving mid-IPL, voicing his concern about pay cuts and the commitments of players.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram and Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar have expressed differing views on England players departing the Indian Premier League (IPL) early to join their national team.

Akram is against penalising players by cutting their salaries, arguing that such a measure would not solve the underlying issue. “If you cut salaries, will it affect anything if your team doesn’t win after reaching the playoffs? You’ve put in all the hard work, and in the last huddle, your boys leave because they have to play for the country. It’s not fair,” Akram said in an interview with Sportskeeda.

He believes players should only be allowed to participate in the IPL if they commit to the entire tournament, regardless of conflicting T20 league schedules (like the Pakistan Super League or Big Bash League).

Akram criticised the England Cricket Board (ECB) for not granting full permission (NOC) for players to stay with their IPL teams. Akram aligns with former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan’s stance, who recently stated on social media, “Either be available for the full season or don’t come!”

“This is what you play for. That’s why it’s frustrating not just for fans but also for owners and captains of teams in any league. So, I agree with Irfan [Pathan]. Come for the entire tournament; otherwise, don’t come,” added Akram.

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On the other hand, cricketing legend, Sunil Gavaskar, took a subtler approach, suggesting a financial penalty for players who breach their commitments. He believes franchises should be allowed to deduct a significant portion of the player’s fee and withhold the usual 10% commission paid to the ECB. Additionally, he suggests penalising the ECB for failing to guarantee player availability.

“The franchises should not only be allowed to deduct a substantial amount from the fee that the player was bought for but also not give the board, to which the player belongs, the stated 10% commission of the fee that each player gets. If the Board has gone back on its assurance, they need to be penalised too,” suggested Gavaskar.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2024