Former Australia captain Mark Taylor is surprised that “so many” of his compatriots have stayed back in India to fulfill their IPL commitments amid a raging pandemic, particularly somebody like Steve Smith who does not have “as big a contract as it probably should have been.”
As many as 14 Australian gamers together with some coaches and commentators are at the moment in India to take part within the IPL, from which three gamers of the nation had pulled out owing to the unprecedented COVID-19 surge.
“I was a little surprised that so many of the Australians went over there. If you’re Pat Cummins, he’s on something around (Rs 15.5 crore), so that’s very hard to knock back for six weeks of playing cricket,” Taylor mentioned throughout a dialogue on ‘Channel 9’.
“Steve Smith was an interesting one because his contract was about Australian dollars 350,000 (Rs 2.2 crore with Delhi Capitals), which is not to be sneezed at but for a guy like Steve Smith, it’s not as big a contract as it probably should have been. I was surprised he decided to go.”
Taylor additionally ridiculed one other Australian payer, Mumbai Indians’ Chris Lynn, for suggesting that Cricket Australia ought to prepare a chartered flight to convey back gamers at the top of the event.
Lynn had mentioned that since Cricket Australia takes a proportion of its gamers’ IPL earnings, it ought to work in the direction of bringing them back. Taylor known as the remark “very rich”.
“I think Chris Lynn’s comments were very rich, absolutely,” Taylor mentioned on Sports Sunday.
“The 10 per cent Cricket Australia does receive from a player’s contract over there surely has got something to do with actually providing the cricketer with some coaching, education along the way to become an IPL-worthy cricketer.”
Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson returned dwelling from the IPL as India’s recent COVID-19 instances hit report highs however Taylor mentioned a lot of the Australian gamers and coaches appeared snug at this level.
“Ponting is over there, Warner, Brett Lee there. Good mates of mine, Brad Haddin, Trevor Bayliss are coaching over there. I haven’t heard much from them apart from that, they’re there to see (out) the end of the tournament,” Taylor mentioned.
“A whole lot of the gamers have really mentioned they really feel snug within the bubble they’re in; however what they want as soon as the event’s over…
“I think the Australian players and coaches are hoping that they’ll get home ASAP. That is what they’re after at this stage.”