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Indian cricketers to be taxed in Aus

Due to change in laws, entertainers and sports people working there are now being taxed for the income they generate.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2007 07:36 IST

The gruelling tour of Australia is all set to get even more tough for the Indians as the entire team will be taxed for playing in Australia this summer.

Cricket Australia (CA) has sent in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the BCCI, which has sent the Indian Board into a spin.

According to a change in the tax laws since India's last visit to Australia in 2003, entertainers and sports people working in the country are being taxed for the income they generate.

Indian cricketers would thus be taxed for the present tour from their match-fee which could be to the tune of nearly $1.5 million (Approximately Rs 6 crore).

An Indian cricketer will get around $6,200 and $4,000 for a Test and a one-dayer.

The Indian team media manager MK Shridhar has confirmed that the BCCI is asking for an amendment in the law.

"The taxation issue is being handled in Mumbai. We are in touch with our tax consultants whose advice we would follow," said Shridhar.

Shridhar said Cricket Australia (CA) was extending all possible help and the two boards are working to find a solution to the problem.