Knight Riders sign NSW all-rounder Henriques

December 10th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 10 (IANS) Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have signed New South Wales (NSW) all-rounder Moises Henriques.Henriques is understood to have been been signed for a staggering $300,000,

The contract though has sent ripples though the team with NSW chief executive Dave Gilbert warning players from being carried away by the cash rich Twenty20 League.

“During pre-season I addressed the entire squad and told them what I thought would happen in terms of contracts in India,” Gilbert was quoted as saying in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I warned them not to let IPL jealousies get in the way of our team or our objectives. We don’t want a situation where one player earns X and another earns Y and there are problems.”

“Twenty20 rates the house down and fills stadiums all over the world. But there is no escaping the fact that we have an extraordinary product in Twenty20 and people really love it. Moises might be just the beginning,” he said.

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-names 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.

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.

National players such as Michael Clarke, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin must enter the February auction if they wish to play in the next IPL, but given that many of the eight franchises have already reached their quota of 10 foreign players, there could be little room left.

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

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