Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins will not see a cent of his $1.3-million IPL contract for 2023 after he decided to skip the tournament to focus on international cricket.
Cummins was picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL auction in February.
However, the busy international schedule was always going to be tricky for the top, most in-demand players to navigate, and Cummins – whose net worth is conservatively estimated at $41-million – has decided to focus on his Australia duties.
“I’ve made the difficult decision to miss next years IPL,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “The international schedule is packed with Tests and ODIs for the next 12 months, so will take some rest ahead of an Ashes series and World Cup.”
Fellow Baggy Green fast bowler Josh Hazlewood appears likely to play some part in next year’s IPL.
“It’s just a matter of how much of the tournament I’ll be available for. I’m working with my franchise [Royal Challengers Bangalore] on that,” he said.
Workload is a major issue for pace bowlers in the modern game, whose bodies take far more wear and tear from their efforts.
“I think honesty is obviously a big one from the quicks, and we’ve got a great relationship with the support staff and the selectors,” Hazlewood added.