Brad Hidge scored 285 runs at a strike rate of 120.76 for Kochi Tuskers Kerala in IPL 2011.© AFP
Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge on Monday took to Twitter to make a startling revelation that players who played for now defunct franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) ten years ago have still not received their 35 percent match fee. The IPL is the biggest domestic T20 tournament in the world and Hodge’s tweet came as a huge surprise to on the social media. The former cricketer, who played represented several IPL franchises between 2008 and 2014 and was part of KTK in 2011 where he played 14 games in the season and scored 285 runs at a strike rate of 120.76. He was bought by by Kochi Tuskers for USD 425,000 at the 2010 auction.
“Players are still owed 35% of their money earned from ten years ago from the @IPL representing Kochi tuskers. Any chance @BCCI could locate that money?” Hodge tweeted.
— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) May 24, 2021
The franchise which was bought for a whooping Rs 1550 crore a year ago defaulted on their annual payment and the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) terminated the franchise’s contract in 2011. The franchise won the case against the BCCI and the court ordered them to pay Rs 550 crore.
In their only season, the franchise finished eighth in the 10-team table after winning six out of 14 league games. Besides Hodge, Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum and Ravindra Jadeja all featured for the franchise in their only IPL season.
In his IPL career that lasted 66 matches, Hodge played for franchises like Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and KTK and scored 1,400 runs at decent average of 33.33 and a strike rate of 125.22 with the help of six half-centuries.
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