Though CA would be well within its rights to hold on to its contracted players, it would not be a battle worth winning for the organisation, given there is $300m riding on this season’s Test and one-day international series against India.
CA is paid a portion, which industry sources say is about 10 per cent, of its players’ IPL fees – which totalled $17.5m in December following the last IPL player auction – though this would have risen due to the value of the Australian dollar falling since.
Finch, who is on the board of Australian cricket’s players’ union, said he expected there will be “give and take” between countries as they aim to rebuild the game after COVID-19 crisis.
“It will get to a point, not just for IPL but for all cricket, there’ll be a compromise from a lot of different stakeholders – organisations, countries, players, the ICC – to get cricket back and countries thriving again,” Finch said.
“I think the ICC are meeting next week to start discussing the FTP [Future Tours Program] again. The next couple of weeks we’ll have more idea what that looks like, what compromises will be made for different tournaments and countries.
“Everyone working together to get the best result for everyone. Some situations where it’s not ideal for Australia we have to compromise and give. It will be one big effort, I think.
“With India coming out here this summer, Kevin [CA CEO Roberts] said it was a nine out of 10 [chance]. I think there will be give and take in a lot of different things like that.”
The uncertainty over the T20 World Cup comes at a time when Australia has its best chance to win the only major trophy to elude the men’s side.
The team recently claimed the No.1 T20 ranking for the first time and is so stable that selector Trevor Hohns said the panel could name its squad now if needed. Finch said there would be enough time to draw up new plans if the tournament was moved.
With the Bangladesh Test tour postponed, Australia’s next engagement is a limited-overs tour of England. Roberts has raised hope the T20 and one-day international series, originally scheduled for July, would go ahead in September.
Finch said he would not have any concerns about playing in the UK, even though it has one of the highest COVID-19 death tolls in the world. There are venues in England with hotels that would allow Australia’s players to stay in a bio-secure bubble and be able to train during the 14-day quarantine period.
“I’d be super excited to get any cricket back – if it’s international cricket all the better,” Finch said. “If it’s done really well with the quarantine bubble and regular testing I don’t see it being an issue. I’d be keen to get back playing as soon as possible.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald