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Tendulkar, Warne team up for new T20 league involving retired players

MUMBAI: Cricket’s famous on-field rivals Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have teamed up to launch an independent Twenty20 cricket league called Cricket All Stars League involving former cricketers.

Sachin-WarneThe duo plan to recruit 28 former cricketers for the league that include Australians Brett Lee, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Glenn McGrath, Englishmen Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff, and South African Jacques Kallis, according to The Australian.

The former stars are being offered $US25,000 a match contracts with 15 Twenty20 games planned over a 42-month period. The report also says that a Dubai-based group had approached former players with a similar proposal.

The plan involves hosting a series of matches around the world starting with three US cities in September with New York, Los Angeles and Chicago being the frontrunners in this.

With a sizeable South Asian diaspora, the US has been on the radar of many cricket administrators including the hugely popular Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to a copy of a contract obtained by ‘The Australian’, the Cricket All Stars contract offers players “business-class travel from country of your residence to the match venue and return to your residence, as well as accommodation and daily allowances as per the prevailing company policy for the duration of the tours organised”.

“A detailed contract will be furnished for your signature within 30 days and at the time of signing the same, the agreed signing fee of $US10,000 will be paid to you,” the contract says.

Subhash Chandra-promoted Essel Group is also planning to stage a T20 league, the details of which are still sketchy.