Nine international cricketers, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Brett Lee, have opted to play for their IPL franchises instead of their home teams in the Champions League Twenty20 scheduled next month.
Champion domestic teams from a record eight countries will chase the $2.5 million first prize from a total pool (including participation fees) of $13 million, the organisers said in a statement.
Kieron Pollard, Mike Hussey, the Morkel brothers (Albie and Morne), Sunil Narine and Mike Hussey were among the nine players named initially by more than one squad which required each player to nominate the team they would play for.
All players chose to play for their 'away' team. So, Pollard will turn up for the Mumbai Indians instead of his home team of Trinidad and Tobago while Brett Lee (Sydney Sixers) will be in action for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
According to CLT20 rules, if a player qualifies for more than one team, all those qualifying teams can nominate that player.
When a player decides to play for an 'away' team rather than his 'home' team, the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket, the 'away' team must pay $150,000 compensation to the 'home' team.