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ICL forced to move Twenty20 tournament

The Indian Cricket League has postponed its Twenty20 tournament scheduled next month as it clashed with India's tour of New Zealand, ICL board member Dean Jones said.

Jones said the global financial crisis and the fact that the Indian team's tour of New Zealand would have clashed with the ICL were key reasons for the decision.

He said the tournament would be played later in the year.

"The financial crisis played a part but mainly we didn't want to clash with India's New Zealand tour," Jones said.

"The tournament will be played later in the year - absolutely. I am very confident," Jones was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

The newspaper claimed that former Australia players Michael Kasprowicz, Jimmy Maher, Ian Harvey, Stuart Law, Jason Gillespie and Damien Martyn were told by e-mail this week the ICL's March tournament would not take place.

The players have been told that their six-figure contract fees are, however, not under threat, it said.

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