KP,Freddie hit hard by late IPL start

The costliest players on the IPL roster,England’s Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff stand to lose as much as 150,000 pounds...

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published:March 26, 2009 11:59 pm

The costliest players on the IPL roster,England’s Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff stand to lose as much as 150,000 pounds ($219,511) due to the organisers’ decision to push back the event’s start by a week as their work has been cut to 14 days,almost by a week.

Pietersen,who will captain Bangalore Royal Challengers,and Andrew Flintoff,set to turn out for Chennai Super Kings,were bought for a record $1.55 million by their respective franchisees in the players’ auction.

“Their pro-rata earnings will now be 300,000 pounds rather than 450,000 pounds,” The Daily Telegraph reported. Pietersen and Flintoff,after completing their stints with the IPL,will return to play for England against West Indies.

Pietersen and Flintoff’s pay-cut will also hurt their respective counties Hampshire and Lancashire,who are due to receive 10 per cent of their earnings. “Ideally I’d like to have played in India,” admitted Flintoff.

“It’s the Indian Premier League and you have the chance to play in front of those crowds and those venues and it’s a special place to play cricket. I’m disappointed we’re not going there but it’s still taking place and if it’s South Africa then I’m sure they’ll put on a great tournament,but I don’t think it will quite the same as if it had been in India,” he said.

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