New Delhi, Jun 3: The BCCI has come up with new guidelines specifying that IPL teams willing to play 'friendly' matches outside the country must sign fresh contracts with their players. This indicates contracted IPL players can earn more money, exceeding their current IPL contracts, in case they play outside India.
According to a report in TOI, the BCCI contacted all team owners via e-mail which said players will have to be "separately contracted" for these friendly matches abroad.
"IPL will distribute a template player contract which must be used for the IPL franchise players," BCCI said. "All contracts signed by the franchise in respect of the friendly match must be disclosed to IPL, who will have a right to audit all income received by the franchise in respect of the friendly match (whether directly or indirectly)," BCCI said.
The BCCI further said all teams playing friendly matches will require IPL approval. This particular idea of friendly matches abroad comes after the BCCI working committee recently approved that IPL teams be allowed to play 'out-of-season' matches outside the country.
Only three friendly matches can be played in a calender year during the months of June, July and August. "All (these) matches will be defined as any matches played by the franchise under the franchise team name excluding IPL matches, CLT20 matches, warm-up games played in advance of the IPL or CLT20 seasons and closed doors practice matches with no commercial exploitation," BCCI said.
These friendly matches cannot coincide with Team India's matches. BCCI will provide match officials (four umpires, one match referee) and anti-corruption and anti-doping services for the friendly matches. The franchises have to pay a fixed cost for the services provided by the BCCI.