Saturday, December 15, 2007
Shane to be paid Highest by ICL
Australian spin Ace Shane Warne will be the highest paid cricketer in the BCCI-sponsored Indian Premier League (IPL) with a staggering USD 400,000 in his kitty.
The BCCI managing committee announced the names of 34 cricketers including Warne, who have signed the contract and would be competing in next year's cricket league.
Retired Aussie pacer Glenn McGrath and prolific middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf will earn USD 350,000 and USD 330,000 respectively, announced BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan here today.
Former Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming has been offered USD 350,000 while 10 other cricketers were offered in the USD 225,000 bracket. However, the board did not mention the names of any Indian cricketers who have been offered a contract amount.
On being asked about Australian captain Ricky Ponting and swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist's decision on joining the league, Srinivasan said the board was in talks with them and would make a formal announcement soon.
Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar (USD 225,000) and captain Shoaib Malik (USD 300,000) have also confirmed their participation in the league along with retired Sri Lankan star Sanath Jayasuriya.
Jayasuriya's team mate and highest wicket taker in Tests Muttiah Muralitharan has been offered 250,000 dollars.