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Gilchrist ducks, dives on Rebel League plans

Australia’s Adam Gilchrist never likes to take himself too seriously, but when confronted with the serious question of whether he would sign with India’s Rebel Cricket League, the wicketkeeper/batsman gave an appropriately serious answer.

“It’s quite a good thing for guys like me who are at the back end of their careers,” he said.”I’m 10 years older than guys like Graeme (Smith), and about eight years older than Daniel (Vettori), so it’s a great opportunity.”

Speaking at the Captain’s Breakfast at the Sandton Sun in Johannesburg ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup which starts on Tuesday, Gilchrist wouldn’t say whether he would sign up with the League.

“I think the International Cricket Council does have a monopoly on the game, and it’s nice for the players to have more opportunities and to have more control of their futures,” Gilchrist said. Gilchrist was standing in for Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who arrived on Monday.

In response to the Rebel League, a new Champions League-style event has been proposed by four International Cricket Council (ICC) full member countries – Australia, India, England and South Africa – and will be ICC sanctioned.

The top two teams from each country’s competitions will qualify for an international tournament, which is planned for late next year.Games will be played in time zones convenient to the massive Indian market. Matches take only three hours, so scheduling can be flexible.

The international competition will have a salary cap, with limits yet to be decided, and exemptions for marquee signings. Players will be able to be traded between teams, opening up a transfer market.

Team owners may explore on and off-field marketing opportunities, meaning that Sachin Tendulkar could represent NSW, or Gilchrist could play for Mumbai. They could make hundreds of thousands of dollars for a few weeks’ work. The tournament would allow the most sought-after players to significantly raise their incomes without jeopardising their place in official Test and one-day teams.

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