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Two players in IPL 6 (2013), Ricky Ponting and Glen Maxwell, were bought in the player auction for large sums (Ponting close to half a million and Maxwell over 1 million dollars).

Neither of these players ended up playing many games. Ponting played the first 6 and Maxwell just 3. In this case (and I'm sure many other similar examples) do the players get all of that sum, or are they paid on a pro-rata basis. For instance if they played only half the games they would get half the amount?

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Related (but not duplicate) sports.stackexchange.com/questions/1604/… –  Bogdanovist May 29 '13 at 1:53

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The amount paid to the players are based on their availability for the matches. If a player was available for all the IPL matches, then that player is eligible for the full amount. If the players were not available for some matches, then they are paid on a pro-rata basis.

In the above case, Ponting and Maxwell were available for the entire season. Missing a match due to injury or benching is not considered as unavailability and hence they should be getting the full amount. There was a rule that if a player was available for a certain no of matches and misses only a certain no of games, they should be paid the full amount. Not sure if this rule is still there.

Also note that the amount offered to the players vary based on certain other criteria as well. For eg:- if the team didn't qualify for CL, players will get only 80% of the auction rate. Players also might get some % of amount if their team wins the IPL or finishes at 2/3/4. However there is no clarity on this and it depends on the team. Players also have to pay the income tax in India for the money they earned.

Source: News, read somewhere

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Wow. Maxwell sure is one lucky guy. –  Bogdanovist May 29 '13 at 10:28
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+1 nice question and good answer,Raina would have got all the amount in his pocket every year then i think he has played every match in the IPL –  NetStarter May 30 '13 at 6:14
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@NetStarter, Thanks. :) Yes, I think so. –  iDev May 30 '13 at 6:45

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