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Salary not under threat, ICL tells its players

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2009 08:13 IST

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The Indian Cricket League (ICL) has informed its Australian recruits that their six-figure contract fees are not under threat despite the league postponing next month's tournament.

Former Australian players Michael Kasprowicz, Jimmy Maher, Ian Harvey, Stuart Law, Jason Gillespie and Damien Martyn were told by email this week that the ICL's tournament in March would not take place.

ICL board member Dean Jones said the world's financial crisis and the clash of dates with Indian tour of New Zealand were key reasons for the decision.

Jones said the tournament would be played later in the year.

"The financial crisis played a part, but mainly we didn't want to clash with India's New Zealand tour," Jones was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

"The tournament will be played later in the year - absolutely. I am very confident."

Several of the Australian IPL players have three-year contracts of around $280,000 a year.