Lee optimistic over IPL issue to be worked out

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Melbourne, Feb 10 (UNI) Pace spearhead Brett Lee is optimistic that Cricket Australia (CA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would soon resolve the sponsorship feud, paving way for the Kangaroos to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

''I'm sure it's all going to work out and people will be very happy with the outcome,'' Lee said while speaking to local media today.

''We will listen closely to what CA and the ACA are saying.'' IPL is scheduled to start it's inaugural season from April 18 and Australia, during the same time, will visit Pakistan if CA is satisfied with the security arrangements.

But Lee was excited to be a part of IPL and said it would be a great opportunity to rub shoulders with world class players in the Twenty20 league.

''If the opportunity comes up then it will be great, the IPL proposes a brilliant opportunity for Australian and other world cricketers to go out there and play in the Twenty20 format.

''It offers great opportunity, it offers fantastic different venues to play at under different sides, different clubs,'' he said.

Australia's eleven players have already signed an expression of interest with the IPL but CA has expressed concern over its players promoting conflicting sponsors who support the league.

However, Adam Gilchrist, who announced his retirement from Test cricket recently, is expected to be granted permission to play in the league despite a rule stipulating retiring players must wait two-years before they are eligible to join.

The 31-year-old pacer said currently his team is more focussed on the job at hands when they take on India at MCG tomorrow.

''Right now it's a matter of me and the rest of the Australian cricketers focusing on what we've got here and the job at hand and that's (playing India) Sunday evening.'' UNI XC RAR RKM KN1727

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