Melbourne, Feb.13 : Retiring Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes that Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) are meant for older players, and that playing for one's country will continue to be a priority with established and emerging players.
"I understand the fear of that happening, (but) I just really believe what motivates players to take on the journey, you have got to take and endure and enjoy to play for your country, it comes from more than just the financial side of it," Gilchrist was quoted by Fox Sports, as saying.
"It is a genuine passion, if you don't have it you are going to get found out," he added.
Australian players are yet to be assured of participating in the IPL because of a sponsorship row and ongoing talks between the Indian and Australian cricket boards.
Cricket Australia (CA), which does not want its players endorsing sponsors in the IPL which would compete with its own sponsors, admits it is concerned its players might not take part due to India's hardline stance.
The IPL is adamant it will not provide protection for any sponsors, and chairman Lalit Modi has reportedly given Australia's players until Sunday to sign or face a three-year ban.
More than 80 players from across the world will be auctioned off to the eight IPL franchises on Monday, and Australia's world champions are in high demand.
"It's bloody hard work and a lot of midnight oil will need to be burned for it to work," CA spokesman Peter Young said.
However, Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief executive Paul Marsh was hopeful parties could reach an agreement before the weekend.
Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer are the only Australians likely to take part in the inaugural IPL campaign.
Story first published: Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 19:01 [IST]
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