The Indian Premier League is the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament and ends on Friday with English players in action.
The conclusion of the tournament has been delayed for several months due to the increase in coronavirus cases in India and is ending in the United Arab Emirates.
The amount of money available for top players is huge, with Virat Kohli the highest paid star with $ 2.3million (£ 1.68million).
Moeen Ali is also among the highest winners after being picked up by Chennai Super Kings for $ 959,000 (£ 700,000).
He will make the final on Friday, where he will also face Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Morgan is the captain of KKR, but has struggled with the stick in the competition, only going over double digits once in his last eight innings.
Whatever happens in this final, someone will be ready for another financial windfall besides their wages, despite the cash prize being drastically reduced.
The winners of the IPL final will receive 10 crore, equivalent to £ 973,000, which is half of what was on offer in 2020.
Finalists will receive 6.25 crore, or approximately £ 610,000.
IPL rules state that at least 50 percent of prize money goes to payers – so a significant portion of that will be directed to England stars.
Ali himself has had a decent tournament, scoring 320 points in 14 games and also reaching 16 sixes, while adding six wickets to that total.
It has been a difficult year for the 34-year-old as he made the difficult decision to retire from trial cricket.
At times he has been magnificent for England in red ball cricket, winning 195 wickets in 64 games as well as five centuries.
He admitted he had struggled to “get into the zone” this summer playing against India, but would remain a key member of the White Ball squad.
England legend Steve Harmison believes Ali doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves for his performances in an English jersey, especially in recent years.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s The Cricket Collective, Harmison said: “Someone’s going to have to go to Australia and spin the front line on a surface that won’t turn, go well at bat and the Australians won’t be out. 22 meters from them, they I’ll be 18 knowing the pressure the spinner will be under.
“It will be a daunting task for anyone to get into it.
“Will England play a spinner or go with someone like Joe Root bowling which will put even more pressure on the England captain.
“Leech, Bess – they’re the best we have right now, so England have to back them.
“The only thing about Moeen Ali is it shows you how good this guy was for English cricket and I don’t think he was appreciated as much as he should have been over the years. last four or five years.
“It’s going to be an interesting hole to fill. “
Ali will once again don an English jersey for the T20 World Cup, which begins on Sunday.
Morgan’s side won’t have their first game until October 23 against the current West Indies holders.
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