Players choose IPL over home teams

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Nine international cricketers, including Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Brett Lee, have opted to play for their IPL frachisees instead of their home teams in the Champions League Twenty20 scheduled next month.

Kieron Pollard, Mike Hussey, Albie Morkel (in picture), Morne Morkel, 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.

“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 USD 150,000 compensation to the ‘home’ team,” said Dean Kino, CLT20 Governing Council Member and Director of Legal and Business Affairs.

The Champions League will feature a record 14 teams from India, Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan for the first time.PTI



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