Chris Lynn’s suggestion that Cricket Australia charter a return flight for Australian players from the Indian Premier League was “very rich,” former Australian captain Mark Taylor said.
Lynn, an Indian player from Mumbai, made the request on the basis that Cricket Australia takes a percentage of the IPL earnings of its cricketers.
“I replied that as Cricket Australia wins 10 percent of every IPL contract, was there any chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight after the tournament is over?” Lynn told News Corp, with India battling a disastrous increase in COVID-19 cases.
Lynn has a $ 408,000 IPL contract. Taylor was not impressed with his remarks.
“I think Chris Lynn’s comments were very rich, absolutely,” Taylor said on Sports Sunday.
“The 10 percent that Cricket Australia receives from a player’s contract there surely has something to do with providing the cricketer with a bit of coaching and education along the way to becoming a footballer. IPL-worthy cricket. I think his comments are quite rich. “
Australian paceman Andrew Tye returned home after the IPL, while Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson tried to return but did not beat the Australia travel ban.
Taylor said most Australian IPL participants seemed happy to continue in the tournament. Participants operate in a narrow biosecurity bubble and provide a welcome distraction to a nation overwhelmed by a deadly second wave of COVID-19.
“I have to say I was a little surprised that so many Australians went there,” Taylor said.
“Now if you’re Pat Cummins he’s on something around ($ 3 million) so it’s very difficult to go back six weeks playing cricket.
“Steve Smith was interesting to me because I think his contract was around $ 350,000, which shouldn’t be sneezed, but for a guy like Steve Smith it’s not as big a contract as he is. probably should have been. I was surprised. he decided to leave.
“But these players … [Ricky] Ponting is over there, a former player, [Dave] Warner, Brett Lee is over there. My good friends, Brad Haddin, Trevor Bayliss train there.
“I haven’t heard much from them other than that they’re here to see [out] the end of the tournament.
“A lot of players have actually said that they feel comfortable in the bubble they are in; but what they would like after the tournament is over … I think the Australian players and coaches who are over there are hoping they’ll ‘I’ll get home as soon as possible. That’s what they’re looking for at this point. “
Peter FitzSimons, a former Sports Sunday panelist, a former Wallaby, disputed this scenario if it involved a queue jump of top cricketers.
“There is no reason why they should be at the top of the line of the 9,000. If there are 9,000 Australians who are all trying to get in, you are not saying they should be at the top of the line. business class, right? ” Said FitzSimons.
Taylor replied, “I know some of them very well and they are my friends. I would love to see them come home, no doubt about that …
FitzSimons cut in, “Oh, oh, you should’ve told us! They’re buddies! I’m sorry, listen, customs – no, look, they’re Mark Taylor’s buddies. First class, and the rest of them can have slops. in the back, I want filet mignon for them in the front. Yeah, beauty. “
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