Clarke’s decision to play in IPL sparks ‘cash versus country’ debate in Australia

Feb 02 2013, 14:10 IST
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The Australian captain headlines a list of 30 players from Down Under nominated for the IPL  on Friday The Australian captain headlines a list of 30 players from Down Under nominated for the IPL on Friday
SummaryFormer selector Trevor Hohns warns Clark against playing in the IPL ahead of the Ashes

Former Australia Test selector Trevor Hohns has warned Michael Clarke against playing in the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) after the captain headlined a list of 30 players from Down Under nominated in an auction list released on Friday for the tournament in April.

Clarke has been cautioned as he risks leading a burnt-out Australian team to the Ashes series if he accepts a potential one million pound deal to play in the IPL. reports. Clarke and former Test leader Ricky Ponting topped the auction list with a reserve price of 400,000 dollars, and the captain''s price tag could reach one million dollars if Indian franchises engage in a bidding war for the hottest batsman in world cricket, the paper reported.

But there are concerns the IPL riches could ruin Australia''s Ashes preparations with the 20-over showpiece staged during a contractual leave-period that leaves Cricket Australia (CA) powerless to stop their elite embarking on a six-week cash grab, the paper said.

Should Clarke turn out in the Twenty20 extravaganza, he and his 30 other Australian IPL colleagues could have just 14 days'' rest in a four-month period between the start of the Indian tour on February 18 and the beginning of the Ashes, the paper added.

With the 17-day Champions Trophy, starting June 6, to follow the four-Test Indian tour and the IPL, there are fears many Australian stars will enter the five-Test Ashes mentally and physically exhausted.

Hohns said their players can''t afford to be over-worked going into the Ashes, adding they need to be right on the money in our preparation. He added that the players face a grueling schedule now, adding it is their choice, but players like Clarke and David Warner need to be fresh for a big tour like the Ashes.

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