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Former Australia Test selector Trevor Hohns has warned Michael Clarke against playing in the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL) after the captain headlined a list of 30 players from Down Under nominated in an auction list released on Friday for the tournament in April.
Clarke has been cautioned as he risks leading a burnt-out Australian team to the Ashes series if he accepts a potential one million pound deal to play in the IPL.
News.com.au reports. Clarke and former Test leader Ricky Ponting topped the auction list with a reserve price of 400,000 dollars, and the captain''s price tag could reach one million dollars if Indian franchises engage in a bidding war for the hottest batsman in world cricket, the paper reported.
But there are concerns the IPL riches could ruin Australia''s Ashes preparations with the 20-over showpiece staged during a contractual leave-period that leaves Cricket Australia (CA) powerless to stop their elite embarking on a six-week cash grab, the paper said.
Should Clarke turn out in the Twenty20 extravaganza, he and his 30 other Australian IPL colleagues could have just 14 days'' rest in a four-month period between the start of the Indian tour on February 18 and the beginning of the Ashes, the paper added.
With the 17-day Champions Trophy, starting June 6, to follow the four-Test Indian tour and the IPL, there are fears many Australian stars will enter the five-Test Ashes mentally and physically exhausted.
Hohns said their players can''t afford to be over-worked going into the Ashes, adding they need to be right on the money in our preparation. He added that the players face a grueling schedule now, adding it is their choice, but players like Clarke and David Warner need to be fresh for a big tour like the Ashes.