There will be little incentive for players like them to take up modest state contracts, as Perth-based freelancer Tim David has highlighted with his extraordinary $1.5 million IPL deal.
Australia’s Test captain and the world’s best bowler, Pat Cummins, currently earns about $4 million a year from cricket; $2 million from his cricket Australia contract, $1 million from the IPL and about $1 million in endorsements.
But there are only 20 Cricket Australia contracts offering players on average more than $1 million each, and a significant number of centrally contracted players don’t usually play in the Big Bash.
The best of the rest receives about $400,000 on a combined state and Big Bash contract with most averaging half that or less.
For the moment at least, the grass is greener elsewhere.
Warner was exploring a January contract with the UAE T20 league, prompting Cricket Australia to sign him on an unprecedented marketing deal for a current player to have him turn out in the Big Bash with Sydney Thunder.
But these welcome short-term deals to try and revive the Big Bash will come to nothing without a cash injection from somewhere.
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