MELBOURN:Pace bowler Brett Lee added his voice to the growing chorus of Australian players keen to play in the inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) in April.
Lee is extremely popular in India and joined Adam Gilchrist and Australian captain Ricky Ponting in recent days in expressing his desire to be part of the IPL.
However, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are yet to reach agreement on the tournament, which could clash with Australia's scheduled tour of Pakistan in March-April.
CA, which has all its leading players on annual contracts, has expressed reservations about possible sponsorship clashes, but Lee said that he hoped the issue would be resolved.
"If the opportunity comes up, then great, the IPL poses a brilliant opportunity for Australian and other world cricketers to go out there and play in the Twenty20 form," Lee said.
"It offers great opportunity, different venues to play at under different sides."
The issue might be causing some angst, but it has not affected the form of the Australians, who disposed of Sri Lanka in emphatic fashion in their tri-series clash at the SCG on Friday, winning by 128 runs.
The Australians renew their rivalry with India in a day-night clash at the MCG on Sunday and Lee said they were looking to maintain their momentum.
"It's a matter of bowling better lines and lengths and scoring a few more runs, but that's in a perfect world," he said.
"We're very happy with the way we played last night and if we keep concentrating and keep focused, then there is some more room for improvement."