Same talent, different cost: IPL still leads the way by far when it comes to pricing of players

Same talent, different cost: IPL still leads the way by far when it comes to pricing of players

Champion T20 players get paid fractional fees when playing any other tournament in comparison with the IPL.

Kieron Pollard
Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard. (Photo by IANS)

Ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) started in 2008, the course of history of cricket across the globe has changed. Several other countries have also come up with their own variants of the franchise-based T20 tournament and cricketers virtually have no end to their commitments.

However, even as the base has broadened in franchise-based cricket, the IPL has continued to hold the place of its own in terms of the payment. Compared to the Indian league, other leagues are miles behind when it comes to paying the players they recruit to take part in them.

Some of the other T20 leagues that are organised annually are Pakistan Super League (Pakistan), Big Bash League (Australia), Caribbean Premier League (Windies), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Mzansi Super League (South Africa) which started off just last year.

To understand the sea of gap between the payments of start players in the IPL and other T20 leagues, take the instance of some top players.

Pollard and Gayle have far less valuation in their own CPL

Windies big-hitting all-rounder Kieron Pollard was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 5.40 crore ahead of the last season by means of teh right to match card. In Pakistan Super League, the same player was bought by Peshawar Zalmi for a price between Rs 99 lakh and Rs 1.4 crore. In the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the homegrown star was bought for around Rs 93 lakh.

In the case of Chris Gayle, a sensational batting talent even at the age of 39 who proclaims himself to be “Universe Boss”, the difference is telling as well. Last season, Gayle was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore and though even that is quite less compared to what he had once fetched from the franchises owing to his explosive batting skills, the latest price is also far more than that for which he was bought in the CPL. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, one of the franchises of the tournament, bought the Jamaican for only Rs 11 lakh.

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