Cricket Australia (CA) seems to be trying to convince its top five players David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, and Josh Hazelwood to sign a 3-year deal in exchange of quitting the IPL. This long-term contract has come to light after the news of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) planning a triangular series in Florida, including Australia and England, broke out.
This move made by the Cricket Australia while the players are on an official leave is like a stab in the back for the BCCI. Though the decision by the international board—ICC—members seems to be shocking, the BCCI is still busy checking out if there are any potentials for repeating the last year’s success of T20 Internationals that Florida conducted between West Indies and India.
The talks between CEO of BCCI Rahul Johri, CA’s James Sutherland, and England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Tom Harrison have already started finalizing the triangular series, but the West Indies participation is still skeptical.
The sudden change in the decision made by the CA in sending the Team Performance Manager Pat Howard to get in touch with its top most valuable cricket players to convince them to quit IPL is a choice that will not go down well with the Indian cricket board. However, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has told the BCCI member to not have a provoking approach in the matter involving the ICC. Already a month before, a meeting between the administrators and the CA had taken place regarding the revenue and government policies’ negotiations.
The CoA only basically wants to protect IPL and cause it no harm by making it clear to the BCCI to avoid confrontational approach. In the current scenario, all that can be done is wait to see if the CoA gives permission for another meeting to be conducted between the CA and ECB for having their opinion on IPL.
Indian cricket board now plans to be more cautious before making its moves regarding the triangular series to be conducted in Florida.
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