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PostSubject: Aussie Aces Consider ICL   Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:42 pm

Australian legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath could be the latest big names to sign up for the breakaway Indian Cricket League.
The veteran bowlers, with 1,271 Test wickets between them, have retired from international cricket but may feature if financial issues are resolved.
"They haven't offered what we asked for, so negotiations are proceeding," Warne's manager James Erskine said.
The six-team league will comprise Twenty20 matches across India.
Warne, 37, who retired from Test cricket after the Ashes, has continued playing county cricket in England but opted to miss Hampshire's Twenty20 campaign.
Erskine added: "If terms and conditions are right, he will play. But it's a long way off before we get the contract signed."
McGrath, also 37, played in the World Cup in the Caribbean before leaving the international stage.
His manager, Warren Craig, confirmed that talks had taken place but that salaries had not been discussed. "They haven't given us any indication," he said. "Now [Brian] Lara has signed, things might start to hot up a bit. Things could start to move over the next week or so."
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PostSubject: Warne & McGrath Have Joined ICL - Kapil Dev   Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:43 pm

Warne & McGrath Have Joined ICL - Kapil Dev


Kapil Dev has told the Australian that Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath have agreed to join the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL).
"They have signed contracts so that to me means that they have taken the deal," Kapil, the chairman of the ICL's executive board, said, adding that the organisation was also negotiating with some young Australian cricketers.
He said the new league gave an opportunity for players to exploit the fact that India generated most of the revenue in world cricket. He termed the ICL "the most exciting thing," to happen to world cricket in recent times.
Regarding the opposition from official bodies such as Cricket Australia and the BCCI, Kapil was confident that the boards would eventually come to see the league as being beneficial to the game. "Look, I didn't like 50 overs when Kerry Packer started it," Kapil said. "I don't think there is a single cricketer who didn't criticise it as pyjama cricket. Today, everyone is a fan, everyone talks about it. We may find the same thing about Twenty20 in five years.
"But it is the public that will have to decide. If it brings back the crowds, that is the best we can hope for and what we want to achieve. Nobody could ever have thought that 50 overs was going to be so successful. We hope the same for our new league.
"The objective of our new league is above all else to give hundreds of players around the world better jobs, better money, better opportunities," he said. "If cricket in India does not get the sort of uplift it so desperately needs now, it will go the same way as hockey in the country."
The ICL is a Twenty20 series proposed to be held around October in India featuring six teams comprising four international players and two Indian stars, with the rest made up of younger players.
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