Lee, Symonds could lose IPL millions playing for Australia

Lee, Symonds could lose IPL millions playing for AustraliaSydney, Apr. 9 : Cricketers Brett Lee and Andrew Symonds are likely to lose millions of dollars in Indian Premier League (IPL) earnings if they are chosen to play for Australia in forthcoming international fixtures.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, both are set to miss out on about 1.75 million Australian dollars of IPL loot to play for the national team in the upcoming limited-overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Symonds and Lee were by no means considered certainties for the tour and looked ready to reap the financial rewards of the Twenty20 competition before being handed the chance to revive their international careers before this year''s Ashes series.

A full IPL season would have landed the embattled Symonds some 1.91 million Australian dollars on current exchange rates.

But if he plays all six matches of Australia''s tour to Dubai and Abu Dhabi before heading to the back-end of the IPL in South Africa, he will earn around 842,000 dollars.

Lee on the other hand will lose 82,000 dollars per game if he is chosen to play for Australia.

He could have picked up 1.27 million dollars for a full five-week IPL stint but his national call-up has meant the most he can earn with a late dash to South Africa is up to
572,000 dollars over the same period.

All the same, but both players'' enthusiasm to join the national side shows where they stand in any cash versus country debate. (ANI)