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ICL trying to rope in Stephen Fleming

July 26, 2007, 12:16 PM IST
ICL trying to rope in Stephen Fleming

Melbourne: New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming may abruptly end his international career to join the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), according to a media report in Melbourne.

Fleming has been approached by the ICL officials and the lucrative offer might prompt the Kiwi skipper to quit international cricket and join the league, according to The Australia newspaper.

The report quoted unnamed sources as saying that Fleming had been offered a deal worth $440,000 a year to skipper any one of the six teams in the proposed league.

"Why is that awkward if you are planning retirement?" asked a source close to the ICL negotiations.

Fleming retired from One-Day cricket after leading the side to the semi-finals of the World Cup in the West Indies and is expected to lead New Zealand in the tour of South Africa which, incidentally, coincides with the first ICL Twenty20

league.

Though ICL staged a major coup of sort by roping in West Indies batting great Brian Lara while the likes of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are also ready to jump on the bandwagon, getting a contemporary player of Fleming's stature would be a huge morale booster for the organisers.

Meanwhile, former Australian batsman Dean Jones, part of the ICL Executive Board, said that though Damien Martyn and Justin Langer had rejected similar offer, he was in touch with some other Australian players, who are all set to join the league.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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