IPL players still not paid
Tim May, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), has warned that players could walk away from their contracts to play in the lucrative IPL as some had still not received their documentation or payment.
May, a former Australian international cricketer, said: "Typically, when you try to take something from nothing to a fully organised structure within two or three months you are going to have some teething problems.
"There is a worry that some players have not been paid nor received their signed copies of contracts.
"We need to get a good feel on how widespread it is. If it has just alienated a couple of players I'm sure the thing can be worked out reasonably sensibly.
"With the start of the tournament on Friday there may be a significant amount of players and their managers who, if obligations from the employer have not been honoured at this stage, and they have taken the proper procedures to recover these obligations might want to walk away from the contract or not take part in the game."
"That is a long shot at the moment. We need to get a feel for the size of the problem and then try to address it properly."
Most players expected to receive 15 per cent of their auction fee on April 1 but it is thought that at least two Australian players have yet to be paid the first instalment.
Rick Olarenshaw, the agent of David Hussey, one of the players still waiting their remuneration, has criticised the amount of bureaucracy involved.
He said: "It's been an absolute nightmare in terms of the paperwork required to get the players there.
"I don't think it's anything sinister. We're expecting to have all the paperwork done and Huss will be ready to play."
The IPL is due to get under way on Friday with the opening match between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Kolkata Knight Riders - Hussey's team - captained by Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble respectively.