Money has always been a big influencer in every sport and Indian Premier League has introduced its power in the game of cricket. A recent disclosure of monthly expenditure by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, revealed a new facet of the cash-rich league.
Cricket boards, all over the globe, received a hefty amount of money for releasing their players to play in the IPL. According to a report released by ‘Ten Sports’, Boards of Sri Lanka, South Africa and New Zealand were the biggest gainers as they together made around US $1.05 million to set free their respective players.
BCCI’s expenditure report disclosed on Thursday that Sri Lanka Cricket has received Rs 1.61 crore, Cricket South Africa Rs 4.2 crore and New Zealand Cricket Rs 1.1 crore for release of their associated cricketers to play for various franchises in the league.
Overseas players have always been an added zest in the flagship T20 event. This year as well, teams never looked shy to purchase a foreign player in the IPL auction. Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have the highest number of overseas players (9) in their 27-men squad this season.