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Clarke demands contracts for T20 specialists

Zeecric Bureau

Barbados: In an apparent bid to up the morale of the T20 specialists in his team, Australian T20 captain Michael Clarke recommended Cricket Australia contracts for the players like David Warner, Dirk Nannes and David Hussey.

"I`ve told Cricket Australia that they should have contracts," Clarke told reporters in St Lucia.

"I think there should be a Twenty20 contract introduced in our system. Players like David Warner and David Hussey ... they`re here playing in a Twenty20 World Cup. They should be paid for that.”

"We`ve got a lot of guys in this squad now who aren`t on CA contracts but they`re playing this form of the game for Australia in a World Cup. I think there needs to be some kind of recognition for those guys. I don`t know how that could work but I believe there should probably be something like Twenty20 contracts."

Cricket Australia generally provides contracts to Test and ODI players while T20 specialists are usually not considered for contracts. Over the last few years, Australia, who have not replicated their Test and ODI success into T20 events, select those players who are good for longer formats. But recently the patterns have somehow shifted as players like Warner, Nannes emerging as T20 pros.

"For me, it`s as serious as a one-day match or a Test match," Clarke said. "There are blokes in this squad who haven`t played Test cricket. They haven`t played one-day cricket. It`s the ultimate for them.”

"It`s become exactly the same as one-day and Test cricket. It`s a form of the game that we want to be the best in the world at. We`re not there yet, we`re improving, but this (tournament) is a way for us to start."

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