Gilchrist confident of go-ahead for IPL

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Adam Gilchrist is being quoted in the media as saying he is confident of getting the go-ahead to participate in the Indian Premier League

Updated: February 20, 2008 08:31 IST
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New Delhi:

Here's good news for the Indian Premier League (IPL) as Australian veteran Adam Gilchrist has been quoted in the media as saying that he is confident of getting the go-ahead to participate in the tournament later this year.

This despite the agreement between the boards and the organisers that players will not be part of the IPL for two years after retirement. But this latest development just adds to the confusion over IPL's player auctions, which have now been deferred to February 18 and 19.

Gilchrist told the Sydney Morning Herald that the Australian board, Cricket Australia, has not given him any indication that he cannot participate in the IPL.

"As far as I know at the moment, Cricket Australia hasn't given any indication that they wouldn't want me to be a part of it."

The IPL, however, had agreed with boards across the world that they would not allow international players to play for IPL for two years after their retirement.

That rule, though, is obviously pretty flexible and aimed at preventing younger players like, say, Michael Clarke, taking early retirement to chase the big money that the IPL offers.

Gilchrist will join a list of around 84 international cricketers, including 11 from Australia, who have signed a memorandum of understanding with the IPL.

But some issues remain unsettled.

"We're trying to negotiate for a pre-existing agreement clause before giving the go-ahead to the
IPL," says Paul Marsh of the Australian Cricketers Association.

"Cricket Australia is worried about a sponsorship conflict," he adds.

But it's the main contracts that are yet to be agreed upon. Cricket Australia wants its players to be allowed to go ahead with previous sponsorship commitments even if this clashes with tournament sponsors. The players' association is working on a pre-exisiting agreement clause.

But the bigger block is whether current players will be able to commit 44 days at a stretch to the IPL, especially since six of the eight main Test-playing countries are committed to international fixtures in April and May this year.

Clearly, this confusion has resulted in a delay of the player auctions which will now take place when the eight team owners meet in Mumbai later this week to understand just how many players they should sign up to make sure that they have at least four players available to play at any given time.

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