Tour cancellation will not clear players to play in IPL: CA

March 11th, 2008 - 11:26 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, March 11 (IANS) Australia’s tour of Pakistan may have been postponed in the wake of serial blasts in the strife-torn country, but Cricket Australia (CA) is yet to clear the players to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The players have been told to wait to hear from coach Tim Nielsen, who is expected to require his players to gather for a training camp several days before the Test squad departs for the West Indies May 8.

This would leave only a small window for Test players such as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds to represent the new IPL teams that splurged millions of dollars on international players at last month’s auction.

The first IPL tournament is scheduled to begin April 18. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now considering the presence of the celebrated Australian players for the new Twenty20 league.

“We were not wishing for the postponement, we would have been happier if the tour had continued but it will definitely be good for the IPL now that the Australian players will be available,” IPL co-founder Inderjit Singh Bindra was quoted as saying in The Age. “We will have a continuation of the rivalry that evolved in Australia.”

However, CA chief executive James Sutherland said the postponement of the Pakistan tour did not automatically give the players the green light to collect handsome salaries in the IPL.

“The Australian team is due to arrive in the West Indies in early May so there is a small window of opportunity there for players to perhaps play in IPL,” Sutherland said.

“But at the same time we have now got this calendar issue where players won’t have had much preparation leading into the West Indies tour so our coaching staff and team management are now considering what the appropriate lead-in is going to be for the team.

“We need to do a bit more work to work out exactly what the best preparation for the West Indies tour will be,” he said.

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