NSW chief warns against IPL contracts creating rifts

December 10th, 2008 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 10 (ANI): Cricket New South Wales CEO Dave Gilbert has urged players not to let the high-value contracts offered by IPL franchises affect the teams performance, warning his players not to allow lucrative contracts to create jealousies within the team.

His comments follow the signing by the Kolkata Knight Riders of the allrounder Moises Henriques, 21, for a reported 300,000 dollars, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Gilbert predicted that the signing of Henriques could forever change the way cricketers are viewed and valued in Australia.

A shift in IPL recruiting focus has moved the spotlight onto Australian domestic teams, as cashed-up Indian franchises look to lure promising, young talent in preference of more seasoned international cricketers.

IPL teams were frustrated that many of their big-name signings were unavailable for much of their inaugural season due to international commitments and have sought to develop relationships with domestic players whom they view as future stars of the game.

Henriquess staggering contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders could prove a watershed moment for players across the state and the nation.

Explosive NSW batsman David Warner and teenage all-rounder Steven Smith appear to be next in line to join the IPL revolution, despite neither having much first-class experience.

Domestic Australian players are at an advantage over their international counterparts, in that they can be courted by IPL franchises without entering the player auction.

NSW are in a delicate position at present, with head coach Matthew Mott also serving as assistant to John Buchanan at Kolkata Knight Riders and ostensibly serving as a scout for his Indian franchise. (ANI)

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