I have decided to move the Wash Ups to parts as I generally complete them mid-week.
Last week I did an extensive wrap on the new Indian Premier League and listed all the players salaries. One of the big surprises was that of David Hussey. David was bought for $625,000 by Kolkata, and was expected to play the whole tournament. This could be a reason why he went for nearly double the amount of his brother Michael, despite Michael being a regular in the Australian team.
However, David is also contracted to Nottingham, an English County side. By playing the IPL, David will miss the first five games of County, causing a dilemma for all parties involved. David’s salary is substantially lower for county, being only $80,000 per season. [County commitments may clash]
Currently all parties are trying to work out a resolution. Conflicting dates between clubs, countries and the IPL may occur for some time, as the ICC has not given the IPL a window.
So what options are there available for resolution? They may be:
1. David forfeits part of his wage in turn for missing a portion of the tournament.
2. Nottingham and Kolkota reach an agreement where David only misses say 3 games of Nottingham.
In other IPL news:
Justin Langer has reneged on his commitment on the IPL, citing he will play for his County side Sommerset. Also a couple more Australian players are in talks to join- Luke Ronchi and Luke Pomersbach. [David Hussey in doubt, Langer pulls out]
A League Update
The A League will expand from 8 to 10 teams next season, with Gold Coast Galaxy and North Queensland Thunder the two new teams. Gold Coast Galaxy are wasting no time searching for their marquee player, with Portsmouth striker Kanu being linked to the club. [Kanu Linked With Move Down Under] However, Harry Redknapp, Portsmouth’s Manager, has dismissed this move.
In other A Leage news:
Tom Pondeljak has signed with the Melbourne Victory for 2 years. The former Central Coast Mariners defender played in their losing Grand Final last weekend. Also, Nick ward has singed a 1 year extension to his deal at Melbourne Victory. [Pondeljak returns to Melbourne]