Brett Lee praised after he rejects NSW contract for young player

Sydney: Australian pacer Brett Lee’s decision not to sign a contract for New South Wales is a selfless move unlikely to be replicated, Players’ Association boss Paul Marsh has said.

Lee, on tour with Australia in England, announced that he did not want to sign a NSW contract when he would only play a handful of one-day matches at state level next summer.

Instead, the 35-year-old believes the likelihood he will earn a USD190,000 Cricket Australia upgrade under the new contract system will be enough, and he is happy to leave his spot at the Blues for a younger player.

Lee said he would be available for NSW on a “match-by-match” basis, sources reports.

Marsh, the Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive, applauded Lee’s decision but did not think many others would take it.

“It was a very selfless thing that he did,” Marsh said.