Jos Buttler, the limited-overs captain for England, may soon receive a lucrative multi-year contract from Rajasthan Royals, according to a report in the British newspaper “Telegraph” on Thursday.
There is an immediate threat to the game’s current structure due to concerns that many top international players may forego their central contracts in favour of signing deals with a single club (franchise) that are similar to those of a football club in order to participate in various tournaments. The majority of IPL franchises own partial or full stakes in various private T20 leagues.
The Rajasthan Royals intend to extend a four-year contract to Jos Buttler so that he can play for RR and other organisations under the same management. Jos does not currently play for Barbados Royals in the CPL; instead, he plays for RR in the IPL and Paarl Royals in the SA20.
By agreeing to the terms of the contract, Buttler must terminate his international contract and get permission from RR management to represent The Three Lions in white-ball cricket. He apparently received a four-year, 40 crore INR deal.
According to ‘The Telegraph’, RR is trying to tie Buttler down to a longer-term deal but the offer is yet to be formally tabled and it is also not clear if the cricketer will sign the deal.
“England’s white-ball captain Jos Buttler is set to be offered a landmark four-year deal by his Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals,” the report said. “It is understood that the offer to Buttler is yet to be formally tabled, and its unclear whether the T20 World Cup winning captain intends to accept the deal.” It is a multi-million-pound deal though the exact amount is unknown.
Along with Buttler, MI reportedly made a similar offer to Jofra Archer and Jason Roy KKR. Roy will next be seen playing for the LA Knight Riders in the forthcoming Major League Cricket (MLC).
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