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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

IPL sowing seed of jealousy in side, fears NSW management

Worried about the ramifications of Kolkata Knight Riders' whopping USD 300,000 signing of rookie player Moises Henriques the New South Wales management is afraid that the Indian Premier League is sowing seeds of jealousy which could eventually split the squad.

Cricket NSW chief executive Dave Gilbert has warned the players not to allow the IPL split the team and felt Henriques' staggering IPL contract would have a massive impact on the cricket set-up in Australia.

"During pre-season I addressed the entire squad and told them what I thought would happen in terms of contracts in India," Gilbert said.

"I warned them not to let IPL jealousies get in the way of our team or our objectives. We don't want a situation where one player earns X and another earns Y and there are problems," he was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

With frontline Australian players missing much of the action in the first edition of the IPL, there has been a shift in the focus of the franchises which are now eyeing young Australian talents without the burden of national duty.

Two of Henriques' teammates, explosive batman David Warner and all-rounder Steven Smith, are also about to take the plunge and Gilbert said he was worried about its ramifications.

"At the moment we have not seen this thing fully play out. I don't think anyone yet really understands the ramifications of what we are seeing," he said.

"In Warner, you have a guy who has shown an incredible ability to hit the ball, and hit it out of the ground, and that's what people want to see. As an administrator in the game, you can't argue with that. The game must move forward and remain relevant to its viewers.

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