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Aussie, Kiwi cricketers in limbo over IPL team bans

Former New Zealand captain and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming has expressed the hope that he and other affected players will be looked after in the wake of the two-year suspensions of his team and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee on Tuesday ordered suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals from IPL for two years in a 2013 spot fixing and betting scandal.

Fleming is the long-standing coach of CSK. His future, along with compatriot seamer Tim Southee and several Australians, is in doubt after the suspension of their respective IPL teams.

Australians Steve Smith, Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson and Ben Cutting were contracted to Rajasthan Royals this year. Southee is also part of the Royals team.

Former Australian Test star Mike Hussey rejoined CSK this year alongside Western Australia quick Andrew Tye and New Zealand’s captain Brendon McCullum and pace bowler Matt Henry.

Fleming is concerned that the two teams will go the same way as three other teams which have been booted out of competition for breaching IPL terms — Kochi Tuskers Korala (in 2011), Deccan Chargers (2012) and Pune Warriors (2013).

“Some players are still waiting for money so I don’t think the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will let that happen again. And I’d like to think that our franchise has been very good to players and wouldn’t let that happen,” Fleming was quoted as saying by NewstalkZB on Wednesday.

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