ICL stars flock to APL

Published: Monday, April 27, 2009, 14:49 [IST]
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ICL players flock to APL

Melbourne: The uncertain future of Indian Cricket League (ICL) has prompted several players to switch over to newly introduced APL (American Premium League). The ICL has struck financial problems and its players have spoken of not being paid in recent months.

ICL's Australian recruits Jason Gillispie and Damien Martyn are all set for a stint with the American Premier League to be held in New York.

 The APL is being promoted by entrepreneur Jay Mir, the president and chief executive of the American Sports and Entertainment Group.

Mr Jay Mir hopes to draw up six teams such as Premium Pakistan, Premium Indians, Premium West Indies, Premium Bengalees, Premium World and Premium America in the competion.

Richard Hadlee, who played 86 tests for New Zealand, has signed a three-year deal as an executive consultant to the APL while former England internationals Graeme Hick and Adam Hollioake have reportedly signed to play in the US league.

ICC had warned players against joining the new American league as it was unauthorised cricket.

Inzamam had also confirmed that he and seven other ICL Lahore Badshah players had received an invitation from US-based entrepreneur Jay Mir in this context.

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