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Aussie stars could miss IPL in 2009

Cricket Australia have indicated their players could be obliged to miss next year's Indian Premier League because of a fixture clash with their rescheduled tour of Pakistan.

CA revealed on Monday they would play five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match against Pakistan in April next year - the same time the second edition of the IPL is to be played.

"Playing [in Pakistan] probably inhibits players playing in the IPL [next year]," CA operations manager Michael Brown told The Sydney Morning Herald.

He added: "Under their contracts players have to make themselves available to play for Australia and so far we have not had any problems."

The world champions had been due to tour Pakistan in March and April this year, but pulled out of their visit due to concerns over safety.

source - pa.press.net
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