Blues warns of IPL pay jealousy
Victoria's cricket hierarchy will not follow NSW's lead in warning players not to allow lucrative Indian Premier League contracts to create jealousy within their team, following the $458,000 signing of emerging NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques.
IPL teams were frustrated that many of their big-name signings were unavailable for much of their inaugural season due to international commitments, which has prompted a shift in recruiting focus to Australian domestic teams.
Henriques' staggering contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders could prove a watershed for players in NSW and Australia. Two of his NSW teammates, batsman David Warner and teenage all-rounder Steven Smith, appear to be next in line to join the IPL revolution, despite having scant first-class experience.
While Cricket NSW chief executive Dave Gilbert said he was delighted that several of his players had been recognised, he was also wary of the IPL's potential to create divisions among the haves and have-nots of domestic cricket.
"During pre-season I addressed the entire squad and told them what I thought would happen in terms of contracts in India," he said.
"I warned them not to let IPL jealousies get in the way of our team or our objectives. We don't want a situation where one player earns X and another earns Y and there are problems."
But Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide — whose team qualified for the now-postponed Twenty20 Champions League tournament — disagreed there was a need to counsel players.
"They very much understand that there's a pecking order … and that guys that are successful will get those opportunities," he said.
"Perhaps what is changing now is that with the young talent coming on board … the path to those opportunities is perhaps a little bit shorter."
Australian players are at an advantage over their international counterparts because they are not included in a team's quota of 10 international players.
Gilbert and Dodemaide both cited Warner, who has attracted attention for his high-octane batting, as an example of a domestic cricketer attracting international attention.