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Gavaskar Calls for Action Against Players Leaving IPL Prematurely

Sunil Gavaskar
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Mumbai: Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar has strongly criticized the England Cricket Board (ECB) for its decision to request T20 World Cup players to return home early. Gavaskar has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take action by “penalizing players” and “boards” for such actions.

The departure of players like Liam Livingstone from the ongoing IPL to rest his knee before the T20 World Cup next month, along with Will Jacks, and Reece Topley (RCB), Jos Buttler (RR)  leaving the IPL to join England’s squad for the T20I series against Pakistan, starting on May 22, has raised concerns.

In his column for Mid Day, Gavaskar called on IPL franchises to withhold a significant portion of their players’ pay, highlighting the financial implications of their premature exit. He stressed the importance of players honoring their commitments to franchises and suggested that franchises should be allowed to deduct a substantial amount from the fees paid to players who leave mid-season.

Gavaskar also emphasized the need for accountability from players and cricket boards for breaking their promises. He pointed out the contrast in treatment between the IPL and other T20 leagues worldwide, particularly the 10% commission paid to cricket boards for players’ participation in the event.

Highlighting the challenges of balancing international and franchise cricket responsibilities, Gavaskar stressed the need for fairness and accountability in cricket administration. As discussions between the ECB and BCCI continue, stakeholders await clarity on the next steps.

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