As per the reports, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Warnie are contemplating to start a T20 All Star League of former international players, with matches to be played all around the world.
It has been learnt that Tendulkar and Warne have approached the likes of Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Flintoff and Jacques Kallis. All of them will be paid up to US$25,000 per match, with a total of 15 T20 games planned over a 42-month period.
Cricket Australia (CA) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) said they had no knowledge of all this, but one of their spokesperson suggested it could be a good move to promote and grow the game in new or emerging markets – as long as it didn’t poach contracted international players.
Neil Maxwell, manager of speedster Brett Lee, confirmed that the bowler had received an offer and would seek permission from the board to play.
“I can’t see anything wrong with it, it’s a group of retired blokes playing a game of cricket,” said Maxwell.
A total of 28 retired cricketers are reported to have been contracted. If Warne and Tendulkar’s plan succeed, the first matches will most likely be held in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in September this year.