IPL money putting Oz players at breaking point

February 1st, 2009 - 3:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Feb 1 (ANI): Australian players are still putting their hands out for the millions of dollars on offer in the Indian Premier League, despite Cricket Australia facing its worst crisis in the last 25 years.

Amid growing fears the revered baggy green is being compromised by baggy greed, players are facing injuries, Australia have lost their No.1 ranking in one-day cricket and are poised to surrender top spot to South Africa this month in Test cricket.

In fact, things have become so grim that people are saying Australia will lose the Ashes in England later this year, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is the only leading Australian player unavailable for this years Twenty20 extravaganza.

Over the next 13 months, Australia is facing a strenuous schedule of 23 Tests and a combination of over 50 one-day internationals and Twenty20 fixtures.

Even South Africa coach Mickey Arthur has pointed to Australias taxing schedule as a reason for their demise this summer, with the Australians losing their first Test series at home in 16 years.

Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Michael Clarke, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Phil Jaques and spinning hopeful Bryce McGain have all been sidelined for lengthy periods this summer with injuries, adding to the concerns of burnout.

Former fast bowler Damien Fleming cautioned administrators against over-scheduling matches to the detriment of the game.

A year ago we were saying if theres too much cricket, why should you go and play the IPL? But now we know its this big beast thats making a lot of money its almost like the IPL should be taken into consideration with the workload, Fleming said. (ANI)

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