The world's top cricketers have been defending their decision to take part in a sponsored cricket matches in Australia next year.
The world's top cricketers have been defending their decision to take part in a sponsored cricket matches in Australia next year. England's captain, Tony Greig, and South African Barry Richards are among 35 cricketers who have signed up for the matches, sponsored by Australian businessman Kerry Packer. Cricketing control boards and other officials have condemned the plans, calling the matches 'a circus'.
SYNOPSIS: The Australian cricket team is currently touring England, and Greig led the Sussex team against them on Monday (9 May).
Australian captain Greg Chappell is another who has signed up for the sponsored matches. Full details of the scheme haven't yet been announced, but a fee of GBP20,000 is being mentioned for the series.
Top cricketing officials say such a series would disrupt the whole structure of international test cricket. But one who has come out strongly against the idea is Len Maddocks, the manager of the Australian touring team.
Top English commentator John Arlott says he doesn't thing the organisers have fully considered the consequences.
For Barry Richards, playing for Hampshire, the decision wasn't difficult.