Aussie players keen on using tour breaks for IPL matches

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Melbourne, Dec 20 (UNI) Australia's top cricketers who have signed for BCCI-backed Indian Premier Laegue (IPL) are still unsure of whether they will be available for the high profile Twenty20 tournament in April next year, a media report said.

Cricket Australia (CA) wants its players to go for a two week break between their tours of Pakistan and West Indies.

But IPL's announcement that the much hyped Twenty20 tournament will begin from April 18, just eight days before Australia's in-doubt six-week tour of Pakistan is expected to finish, has raised hopes for some of the Aussie players to earn some good booty for themselves.

This gives an opportunity to the contracted Aussie players to spend a fortnight in India and play a few matches just before their West Indies tour begins in May.

That would mean Australia's key members -- Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist -- will forfeit the break to earn thousands of dollars.

With IPL offering huge money to the international players, the thought of not being a part of the cashed-up Twenty20 tournament could be quite regretting for them, a report in the Herald Sun said.

This issue builds on major concerns among CA chiefs over why players are happy to play in IPL games, but then are rested from international home matches.

One of CA's board members, Allan Border, has already raised his concerns over the players' willingness to be part of the IPL.

''It's (Twenty20) big money and they are professional cricketers, but they won't be rotated out of that,'' Border said.

Australian Cricketers' Association boss Paul Marsh had also said that he doubted whether players would compete in the IPL during their break.


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