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Australian players who will be worst hit if IPL 2020 is cancelled

A total of 17 Australian players are supposed to be a part of IPL 13. The most expensive buy of the league's history is also an Australian, Pat Cummins, and understandably hopes for the IPL to happen at some stage.

 But, if that doesn't happen due to the Covid-19 situation, he along with a few other Aussies, will be the worst hit. Here's the top five from that list:

 *Figures are in Australian dollars


 Pat Cummins: $3.16m (Kolkata Knight Riders)

 Pat Cummins sure made a splash as he ended as the most expensive buy of the IPL 2020 auctions. In fact, he became the most expensive overseas buy in the league's history after the Kolkata Knight Riders paid a staggering 155 million rupees ($A3.1 million) for the fast bowler in an auction in Kolkata.

 Cummins was part of the Kolkata squad in 2014 and 2015 and last played in the tournament for Delhi in 2017. The Mumbai Indians picked him up the following season but he was ruled out with a back injury.

 

Glenn Maxwell: $2.19m (Kings XI Punjab)

 Despite underwhelming outings, Maxwell continues to be a favourite of the franchises. Apart from IPL 2014, when a big chunk of which was played in UAE, Glenn Maxwell has fallen short of expectations each year in the tournament. He has an IPL career average of 22.90 after 69 matches which is way too low for a player of his calibre. Despite that, he keeps getting picked each year for insane amounts.

 This year, even the issues that the batsman is dealing with in his personal life did not seem to have any impact on the franchises and they were eager to pick him any which way. Maxwell went to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 10.75 crore or $2.19m and can lose this amount if this season of the league doesn't get any cricket.

 

Marcus Stoinis: $980,000 (Delhi Capitals)

 After being dropped from the Australian white-ball sides following an ordinary World Cup, Stoinis channeled all his energy into the Big Bash League to come back to his explosive best. With a majestic 147-run knock, the highest score recored in BBL history, Stoinis ended the tournament among the top run-scorers. However, inability to bowl due to a side niggle has kept him out of international cricket.

 It is not certain whether or not the all-rounder will be fit enough to bowl in this season of the IPL, but that did not prevent Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting and the franchise to shell out $980,000 for Stoinis.

 

Aaron Finch: $897,485 (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

After having got over his troubles with the incoming delivery, Finch had a great World Cup campaign and has been in decent nick since. With RCB having released Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum over the years, they were looking for an explosive opening batsman and this is the reason they broke the bank for Finch.

 Finch has decent numbers with a career IPL average of over 25 and a strike rate of over 130. He had a disappointing year for KXIP in 2019 and runs the risk of losing an opportunity to bounce back and a paycheque of $897,485.

 

Kane Richardson: $816,000 (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Kane Richardson was set to ply his trade for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was bought for Rs 4 crore ($816,000) in the auction held in December but as things stand, Richardson might see himself lose out on that money if the COVID-19 situation doesn't improve.

 Interestingly, Richardson had to be quarantined after he showed flu-like symptoms. Although his coronavirus test results came negative, the pacer had to be kept in isolation until the results were out.

 "We're just waiting to hear," Richardson said about the possible future of IPL 2020. "A lot of the blokes have opinions - 'it's going to get cancelled', this and that - but again it can change in a day or a week, so I'll just sit by the phone and get ready to play for the 15th at the moment - that's what I'm thinking.”

 With there being no certainty, Richardson admitted that the fate of the IPL has been discussed quite actively among the Australian players. "(The Australia squad) were all sitting around chatting about it. It's happened out of nowhere. A lot of us were going to be away from now till the end of the IPL, so to now be sitting at home with absolutely no idea when the next game of cricket is going to be for any of us, just shows how quickly this has grown.”

 

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Jonny Bairstow