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Cricket Australia offers multi-year contracts to players in a bid to keep them away from IPL

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Cricket Australia offers multi-year contracts to players in a bid to keep them away from IPL

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Cricket Australia tried to woo its players of not participating in the Indian Premier League with multi-year contracts rather than the usual one-year central contract. According to CA, the move was an attempt to keep players fresh and injury-free and there was nothing sinister behind the move.

Indian Premier League's span of occurrence is the same time which was earlier utilised for resting players and their recovery but after the league's inception, top players from each country participate in the tournament. 

Cricket Australia made a recent move to lure their players away from IPL when they offered them multi-year contracts. The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Pat Howard, CA's Executive General Manager of performance, approached the top Australian players at a time when CA is in a dispute over players' pay deal with the Australia Cricket Associations.

The offer was particularly made to Aussie skipper Steve Smith, vice-captain David Warner and fast bowlers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc who were not impressed by the offer. The only compensation that the players receive in the multi-year deal for staying away from the IPL is just the security of a three-year contract. 

In order to crack the new deals, Cricket Australia would have to come with huge incentives for the players in terms of money because Steve Smith and David Warner who captain their respective franchises in the IPL, earn over USD 1 million through the league. The players' annual income from the tournament is expected to double after the selling off of the broadcast rights for the 11th edition of IPL.

David Warner's new suggested contract would approximately earn the top-order Australian batsman USD 2 million while the SRH skipper can earn 10 million USD by playing only in the IPL for a course of three years.

CA attributed the move to the controversial resting of Smith in Sri Lanka and Starc and Hazlewood in South Africa last year.

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