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Fleming may join Indian rebels

An Aussie media report says that he may retire as New Zealand skipper to take part in the breakaway Indian Cricket League.

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2007 18:58 IST

New Zealand Test captain Stephen Fleming has been approached to play in a multi-million dollar rebel Twenty20 series in India later this year, an Australian media report said on Thursday.

The Australian newspaper reported that Fleming may retire as New Zealand skipper to take part in the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) being bankrolled by the country's largest listed media group Zee Telefilms.

The newspaper cited unnamed cricket sources in New Zealand, India and Australia as saying that Fleming was being sought to captain one of the six teams in the competition.

Competition organisers are reportedly offering Fleming a three-year deal worth 500,000 dollars (440,000 US) annually.

They have already signed up West Indian great Brian Lara and sources close to organisers in India have told AFP that Australian spin legend Shane Warne and a host of other international players were on the verge of signing up.

The Australian newspaper says recently-retired Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath is among those in negotiations but his former teammates Damien Martyn and Justin Langer have rejected offers.

Fleming is the first current Test player to be speculatively linked to the competition, all the others have retired.

Fleming, 34, is playing currently county cricket in England.

He retired from one-day cricket after the World Cup but is due to lead the New Zealand Test team to South Africa in late October and November, when the first ICL Twenty20 tournament is due to be played.

First Published: Jul 26, 2007 11:02 IST