Well they can **** off. Why would they get first dibbs on him after Otago if his franchise don't want him anyway?
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I don't know anything about this champions league thing but are you saying that if NSW want McCullum he has to play for them, he can't choose Otago. That has to be the biggest joke ever. The winning team gets what, 12 millon dollars. NSW better be prepared to fork out atleast 4-5 million I would say.
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It may be that they only have a problem with BCCI applying for a worldwide trademark - which is understandable as that would conceivably stop UEFA calling their tournament the Champions League. So BCCI might find another name because they want a trademarked name, not because UEFA ban it.
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Mind you there probably a certain value that the IPL can pay the domestic side. So I guess any other overseas side can pay that amount. Though with the side we could have at full strength, McCullum probably not worth the pay out.
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Its not fair, but are you sure that the players can't choose?
I'm pretty sure the players have the ultimate decision, but will obviously go where the money is. Particularly since the pay-out the domestic side receives is substantial.
Imagine if the player chose the domestic team, and then failed miserably, costing them all that money
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Wayamba will be flying thr Lankan flag, two massive names and some decent Twenty20 specialist:
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Maharoof also plays for Wayamba, but you would think Delhi will want him in their squad. The squad also would include a young seamer in Shalika Karunanayake, former Test opener Micheal Vandort and former U19 keeper batsmen Sameera de Zoysa.
But if WA didn't want the money, but Chennai wanted to pay and get Hussey, what happens?
I love the idea of this tournament in theory but it doesn't sit easily to me that players competing in it will be members of two or more teams - always likely to be the problem with a cricket tournament of this nature though. I'm sure there was something else I was complaining about ahead of the last one that never ended up going ahead - something to do with not being able to select certain players that I thought was a bit silly. BUT I'll try and limit my complaining as it is great to see domestic cricketers getting this kind of opportunity.
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I would expect that in the future, the team that they would represent in the event of a conflict will be written into their contracts. I would be surprised if Bangalore paid Pietersen $1.5million only to see him play for Middlesex (as an example), competing against them in the Champions League. The same thing applies to contracts for other domestic sides - e.g, Middlesex may want the same thing in their contracts to make sure an IPL team doesn't steal their player away.
The players could rightly object to that clause in the contract, but then they may be sacrificing either the contract, or taking a paycut as a result. I don't expect it'll be left up to the players for much longer - from either side. It's a huge financial investment, and the potential earnings are substantial.
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My general disapproval of this tournament & that crazy P20 the ECB are proposing is well documented, so i won't dileberate.
But when players can't take this overkill anymore & preferrting T20's big bucks for the pride of playing for the international side. Then the ICC will catch itself & hopefully get reformed....
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