IPL and Pakistan's tour weighing on Aussies mind: Nielsen

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Adelaide, Feb 18 (UNI) The Indian Premier League (IPL) and the doubts over Pakistan's tour are weighing on the mind of Oz players, says Australia coach Tim Nielsen.

''There's no doubt those things going on have an impact on players,'' Nielsen said. ''It's the same as anyone goes to work and there's issues with their kids at school or a promotion they're looking for and they don't get it. All those things make it difficult. I guess we pride ourselves that once we get to the ground we can keep most of those things separate.'' Meanwhile, Nielsen also said the players are not too bogged down in such problems on the field.

''(The IPL) is a big one because there's been a few clashes of ideas from a cricketers association point of view and Cricket Australia and even the IPL,'' coach said. ''It'll be nice to have some certainty, a bit the same with Pakistan. But until the decision-makers get all the information they can we have to live with what's going on and make sure we perform.'' After getting the clearance from the Cricket Australia (CA) to take part in the tournament, most of the leading players are expected to be auctioned off to IPL teams on February 20.

However, it is still unclear whether they will be able to play in this year's league as it clashes with the scheduled visit to Pakistan, which remains in doubt due to safety concerns.

Australia completed a 50-run win over India in Adelaide yesterday but their batting remained a concern, with only Michael Clarke's 79 lifting them to 203.

Australia's victory lifted them to 17 points from five games.

India remain in second place on eight points while Sri Lanka are at the bottom with six points but with a game in hand.


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