The IPL 2023 has entered midway as match number 37 will be played between RR and CSK on Thursday, however, a report has emerged which reignited the country vs franchise debate. Reportedly, IPL franchises have approached six top English cricketers and asked them to quit international cricket for lavish annual deals.
The Indian Premier League is the richest cricketing league in the world and also ranked at the second spot in the list of domestic leagues across all sports with the highest average salaries paid to the athletes. After adding rules like substitute player and impact player, IPL is reportedly making new football-like prepositions to the players.
According to a report by the Times, IPL teams have approached the star English cricketers with alluring deals that will see franchises become the primary source of salaries for the players. The franchises have offered a multi-million-pound deal to six top English players. However, the name of the franchise or the players are not revealed in the reports.
After the announcement of the UAE T20 League - ILT20, and South African League - SA20 last year, IPL franchises have expanded their global mark by purchasing teams in both leagues. The IPL team owners have also bought teams in the USA's Major T20 League.
The deal indicates that the players will be able to play for the same franchise across all the leagues in the world. While all six of the SA20 teams are owned by IPL franchise owners, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and others have heavy involvement in global team ownership.