David Hussey's massive windfall from the IPL is set to become the subject of legal action in England, with the prolific Victorian batsman having to renege on his county cricket contract with Nottinghamshire to play in India.
IPL franchise Kolkata bought Hussey for $740,000 at the player auction last week — nearly twice the amount bid for his brother, Australian team regular Mike — because he was understood to be available for each of the potential 16 matches.
But taking up the offer would put Hussey in breach of his $400,000 two-year deal with Notts, which requires him from early April.
It is believed Nottinghamshire was not notified of Hussey's IPL plan and the county has taken legal advice.
IPL matches start on April 18 and run until early June, clashing with Notts' first five championship county matches.
Only one overseas player is allowed to appear for each county this year and with most of the top-class players around the world also signing with IPL, it could be too late for Notts to find an equivalent player.