In a massive change of events, star West Indian all rounder Andre Russell has decided to give the upcoming Big Bash season a miss as he opted to play in Bangladesh Premier League which is said to be a more cash rich league comparatively.
Russell’s absence will leave Sydney Thunders with massive void as he will have to be replaced by another quality all rounder which they don’t seem to have in their current squad. The scheduling of the upcoming season of Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier League coincides and hence it was up to the all rounder to take a call about where would he be playing in the next season and probably he didn’t quite enjoy the Australian hospitality as he chose to explore the winters in Bangladesh for next few months.
Russell, who got signed by Rajshahi Royals in BPL will be playing the tournament from 11th of December and his commitment will end as late as 17th January given that his team reaches the final. The Big Bash season would go underway from 17th December and end in the first week of February. Big Bash, which is considered as the second best league after IPL is often in player’s bucket list and henceforth it’s quite surprising that Russell chose to do the opposite.
If you dig a little deep, you won’t find it too surprising though. The maximum salary limit for a player in Big Bash is $ 210,000 while the salary cap for an overseas player in Bangladesh Premier League starts with $ 200,000. Thereafter, it’s not very difficult to guess what motivated Andre Russell to stay in Bangladesh on the new year’s eve.
However, it’s not wrong to run after money when you’re playing professional sports. Most of the professionals, irrespective of their fields look for better paying jobs rather than going for factors like job satisfaction or anything else. As long as the player is loyal towards the team he’s representing, athletes choosing between two money based competitions purely on the basis of money by overlooking any other factor should be acceptable to the masses.