CA throws on IPL, allows only two players per franchise

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Sydney, Feb 17 (UNI) Cricket Australia's (CA) decision to allow only two players for each franchise has cast doubts on the player's auction scheduled to be held on February 21 for the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

''The long-standing regulation, which was around back when Cricket Australia was the Australian Cricket Board, means we won't give clearance to more than two players in an overseas domestic team,'' Cricket Australia General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Peter Young, told Cricinfo.

Young said, ''We don't want something that could be seen as a de-facto Australian team.

''It's a condition that has been around for years in county cricket and has been well understood. As long as it is understood by everyone it will be fine.'' Sixteen Australian players have so far shown interest in joining the Twenty20 competition starting in April, but CA wants to wait until after the draft before releasing any of them to satisfy its limit. The move extends the uncertainty over how many of the players will be involved in the IPL.

However, the development came as BCCI officials were confident of solving the outstanding issues. CA and IPL representatives have been trying to resolve the contract concerns throughout the week and the main problem centres around protecting its sponsors.

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