CA issues policy on unofficial cricket events

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Melbourne, Feb 14 (UNI) Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed its policy on player participation in unofficial cricket events which stated that players will not be offered contracts if during its term, the players take part in unofficial cricket events.

In a statement issued by CA, the board added that selectors will treat players who take part only in ICC-approved matches more favourably than those who do not.

Meanwhile, with regard to the BCCI-sanctioned Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition, CA today reiterated that it is keen to see the competition go ahead.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said that the board is working on the complex details related to IPL's contractual players with Australia.

''We have always said we want to see IPL succeed, but on the basis that it does not compromise ICC Future Tours Program or ICC Events cricket,'' Sutherland said.

''There is a lot of detail involved in aligning existing contractual obligations with those of this new Indian domestic competition.

''But we are approaching this with an open mind on trying to resolve the issue in a manner which allows IPL to go ahead with Australian player participation, when available, and allow the Champions Twenty20 concept to then be finalised so that Indian, South African, England and Australian domestic Twenty20 sides can meet in a tournament to decide the best of the best,'' he added.

CA issued its policy amidst reports that many of its contracted players have shown their willingness to play in the lucrative IPL subsiding their international commitments.

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