England players who will be worst hit if IPL 2020 is cancelled
A total of 13 English players are scheduled to play in the 13th edition of the Indian Premiere League. Here are the players who run the risk of losing the most money if this edition of the league gets stalled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals
Ben Stokes was first roped in by the now-defunct IPL franchise Pune Supergiant at over £1.5 million in 2017. The all-rounder had a good season for them scoring his runs at an average of 31.60 and a strike rate of 142.98, including an unbeaten century. He also had decent bowling figures with 12 wickets from as many matches and the best of 3/18.
Next year, Stokes cost Rajasthan almost £1.4 million at the 2018 auction and has stayed at the franchise since. He had a forgettable season last year with an average of 20.50 with the bat and 31.50 with the ball.
"At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL. That hasn't changed yet so I have to think I will be playing on April 20," Stokes said in a recent Sky Sports podcast. "I have to get my head round that I am playing even though in the back of my mind I know I am probably not. I have to build up and get myself physically in a position that if it does happen I am good to go. I cannot take three weeks off and expect the body to be ready for April 20 because it doesn't work like that. It might happen and if it does I don't want to be behind."
If the league gets cancelled, Stokes will lose close to £1.4 million.
Jofra Archer – Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals haven't signed his replacement, with head coach Andrew McDonald holding out hope that the England seamer could yet play some part. While Archer can be happy about not losing any cricket, he can lose a potential £7,60,000.
Jos Buttler – Rajasthan Royals
After being picked by Rajasthan Royals for £4,69,000 in 2018, Buttler was promoted to the top of the order and did wonders. He remains with RR and was set to be a huge part of the team's campaign this season.
With his career strike rate of 144.44 setting the wicketkeeper-batsman apart from most in the world, many believe that the coming couple of years will be the highlight of his T20 career. But, looks like he may lose one of that, and over £4,50,000 to go along with it.
"No news [about the IPL] at the moment," Buttler recently said. "We saw, initially, that it was going to be postponed. It's very hard to see this changing in the immediate future, so I don't see that as a possibility at the moment. Obviously, it's such a massive tournament for world cricket, so hopefully some of it can go ahead - perhaps a shortened tournament."
Sam Curran – Chennai Super Kings
Sam Curran had his first taste of the IPL when he was picked by Kings XI Punjab for over £750,000. Although the Curran brother didn't have a breakout season with a batting average of under 25 and 10 wickets from nine games, it didn't affect his returns in IPL 2020 too much.
Curran was set to be a part of an impressive group of bowlers at the franchise, which includes Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazelwood, and do what he does best with the bat. But, in the current situation, he can lose close to £600,000.
Eoin Morgan – Kolkata Knight Riders
England's white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2013 but did not enjoy the success he does in international cricket, only passing 50 four times in his 52 games and averaging 21.35 in the competition.
KKR are also looking at Morgan as a future captaincy option if Dinesh Karthik doesn't produce the desired results. Morgan can lose a potential £560,000.
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