Smith might pull out of IPL due to less money, says Clarke

Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke said that Australian right-handed batsman Steve Smith might skip IPL 2021, due to the lower salary.

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The hammering process for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League has come to an end. The event witnessed some good bids as well as some surprise bids. End of the day, the auction ended as a successful one and the excitement for IPL 2021 has already at peak among the fans.

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One of the surprising things in the auction was the bid for Australian right-handed batsman Steve Smith. The Aussie batsman set his base price for 2 cr INR and he was picked for 2.2 cr INR by Delhi Capitals. There wasn’t much attention on the player by other franchisees in the auction.

Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke said that the Australian batsman might skip IPL 2021 as he will be receiving a lower amount as his salary compared to the previous season.

“I know his T20 performances haven’t been as good as he would have liked. Last year’s IPL wasn’t great. I’m very surprised he has gone for the amount of money he has, just under $400,000 – which is still good money,” said Clarke.

“But when you look at what he was getting (last season) and his role as captain of Rajasthan, don’t be surprised if there’s a little hamstring strain the day the plane is meant to fly to India,” Clarke added. “You talk about Steve Smith – if he’s not the best batsman in the world, he’s not far away. Virat Kohli is number one, but Smithy is in the top three.”

In the last season, the Australian batsman scored 311 runs at 25.91 in last year’s IPL in 14 matches, scoring just three half-centuries. Steve Smith was paid a whopping amount of 12.5 cr INR last year and he was the captain of Rajasthan Royals.


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