Hussey in three-way tug of war
The Indian board insists Michael Hussey will skip Australia's tour match in India to represent Chennai in the inaugural Twenty20 Champions League all of which is news to Hussey.
As of Sunday, the Australian batsman was certain he would be ineligible for the $5 million Twenty20 tournament on account of his international commitments. Australia are scheduled to play their only practice game on October 2-5 before their eagerly anticipated four-Test series against India, and Hussey is eager to use the occasion to acclimatise to local conditions.
But Inderjit Singh Bindra, speaking in his capacity as an Indian Premier League board member, told the Cricinfo website that Hussey, along with Australian and Chennai teammate Matthew Hayden, "will play for the Chennai team".
Bindra, however, has apparently not told Hussey. After arriving in St Vincent for the first one-day international against the West Indies on Tuesday, Hussey told team officials he expected to play the tour match with Australia rather than the Champions League, which will be played over four days in late September.
Hussey is also eligible to play for Western Australia in the Champions League, which will be contested by the finalists of domestic Twenty20 competitions from India, South Africa, England and Australia. Earlier this month, the veteran batsman said he would prefer to represent his state of origin rather than the Super Kings, with whom he signed for $US350,000 ($A367,000) in the IPL draft.
"I'm a Western Australia boy born and bred, so if I'm playing a competition I'd probably prefer to play for Western Australia," Hussey said recently. "But if the rules state that I'm playing for Chennai, then I'm very happy to play for them as well. My understanding was that I thought we had to play for Western Australia if this situation arose."