Evening Standard – Alec Stewart has called for reform to English cricket’s relationship with the IPL after Surrey, where he is director of cricket, and other counties missed out on tens of thousands of pounds as the ECB pocketed payments for players’ participation.

Summary

  • Alec Stewart has called for reform to English cricket’s relationship with the IPL after Surrey, where he is director of cricket, and other counties missed out on tens of thousands of pounds as the ECB pocketed payments for players’ participation.
  • Counties say they learned last week that the ECB have been receiving a fee equivalent to 10 per cent of a player’s IPL contract from the BCCI.
  • “It [the payments] has come as a surprise to Surrey and every county I have spoken with, and given the scale of English players now missing from the county season it is important the ECB resolves this issue quickly,” Richard Gould, Surrey’s chief executive, told the Standard.
  • James Taylor: IPL money could be dangerous for England’s future Standard Sport understands that the ECB spread payments equally between the 18 counties rather than directly to the counties affected, with some of it used in the marketing budget for the T20 Blast.
  • Stewart proposed a system whereby for IPL players with full England contracts, such as Stokes and Chris Woakes, the county receive half of the fee.


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