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Hussey faces Twenty20 dilemma

Run-scoring machine Mike Hussey faces a state versus club dilemma in the $US6 million ($A7.2 million) inaugural Twenty20 Champions League this December.

Hussey has the chance to play for either Western Australia or the Chennai Super Kings in the December 3-10 tournament featuring sides from India, Australia, South Africa, England and Pakistan.

The lucrative eight-team tournament starts just a day after the scheduled fifth day of Australia's second Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval.

It had been thought that Indian Premier League franchises had priority over Australian states in cases where a player qualifies for more than one team.

But a Cricket Australia spokesman said Australian players were not only free to participate in the tournament, but had a choice if two teams they represented had made the grade.

"Apparently the players have a choice in those cases where they have an IPL team and a state team based in the tournament," the spokesman said.

League chairman Lalit Modi, who organised the hugely successful IPL earlier this year, said the match schedule would be announced at a later date.

But he confirmed Mumbai as the venue for the final on December 10.

The eight teams are IPL finalists Rajasthan Royals and the Super Kings, WA and Victoria, South Africa's Titans and Dolphins, Middlesex of England and the winners of Pakistan's Twenty20 League to be held next month.

The teams will be divided into two groups for a preliminary league, with the top two from each advancing to the semi-finals.

"I believe we have a concept that will inspire and motivate the future generations of club, state and county cricketers, while accelerating the development of the game globally," said Modi.

"I am confident that this will be a true global event, the scale of which the cricketing world has not seen outside of the World Cups."

The tournament has been sandwiched in the eight-day break between England's one-day series in India which ends on December 2 and the first Test which starts in Ahmedabad on December 11.

The pan-Asian ESPN-Star network secured the 10-year commercial rights for the tournament for a whopping $US900 million ($A1.1 billion) earlier this month, paying an additional $US75 million ($A90 million) as marketing costs.

source - smh.com.au
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