CA may allow Gilchrist to play in IPL

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Sydney, Feb 6 (UNI) Despite an agreement between organisers and the boards, Adam Gilchrist is set to get a nod from Cricket Australia (CA) to play in the Indian Premier League tournament this year.

Gilchrist's manager, Stephen Atkinson, said the CA had given the wicketkeeper an understanding he would be free to play in the Twenty20 tournament, organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).

''[Gilchrist] could well be playing in the IPL this year - Cricket Australia has indicated there would be no problems with it,''Atkinson told the local media.

The CA had entered into an agreement with their players forbidding them to join the IPL until two years after their international career is over. The argument behind the agreement is that it is designed to stop young players quitting early for a long career in the IPL.

But if Gilchrist is permitted to play, other players could refer to his case as a precedent, although Atkinson said,''That two-year limit is really designed for young players, so it stops a player like Michael Clarke retiring and then signing a 10-year deal with the IPL.'' However, on the last phase of his career, Gilchrist did not see any problem to join IPL.

''The IPL is moving quickly and we're just trying to get a gauge on what the restrictions are,'' he said.

''As far as I know at the moment, Cricket Australia haven't given me any indication they wouldn't want me to part of that, but I'm not 100 per cent sure,'' he added.

''We're just trying to confirm that. It is moving quickly and we're just trying to get a gauge of where it's at so we'll know more in the next few days.'' Gilchrist, is a man in demand even on the threshold of his retirement, with the CA preparing to secure his services in a coaching or promotional capacity.

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