IPL , CA resolve contract deadlock

Published: Friday, February 15, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: The contracts tussle between Cricket Australia and the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been resolved, ending weeks of uncertainty over the availability of top Australian players for the Twenty20 league.

"The (Australian) players have already started to sign the agreement."  "The process has already begun. Now it's just a matter of getting through to the Australian players and their agents," IPL chairman Lalit Modi told reporters on Friday.

While contracted players sign a binding MoU at the start, organisers had set Sunday as the deadline for signing long-form agreements after the players' auction.

The row had led to doubts over the availability of the 16 contracted Australian players, who also include Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Shane Warne and Glenn McGrathr, for the Mumbai auction.

CA wanted the interests of its sponsors to be protected during the IPL, a request the organisers stamped an outright rejection.

The dispute revolved round protecting the rights of the Aussie team's global sponsors during the tournament, which will be telecast live by Channel Ten in Australia.

ThatsCricket understands that the IPL franchise owners have budged on their condition that players must be available to promote the sponsors of their franchises. However, Australian players will be spared from endorsing the rivals barnds of Cricket Australia's sponsors- Fosters and Travelex.

The inaugural issue of IPL starts on April 18.

The IPL has been officially endorsed by cricket's governing body but players cannot compete if it clashes with international duties.


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