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There is a sudden rise of interest among Indian companies in the Australian cricketers as they are engaged in a wage dispute with Cricket Australia (CA), which threatens to leave all Kangaroo players unemployed from July 1.

Sydney: There is a sudden rise of interest among Indian companies in the Australian cricketers as they are engaged in a wage dispute with Cricket Australia (CA), which threatens to leave all Kangaroo players unemployed from July 1.

"The negotiations have obviously created interest overseas and there has been genuine interest from the Indian market in regards to players' IP and taking that offshore," Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) commercial manager Tim Cruickshank was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Fairfax Media said that with a resolution unlikely before Friday's deadline suitors in India and England were ready to pounce.
The players' union said that they had had inquiries from India about sponsoring a collective of Australia's most high-profile players should the pay dispute not be resolved.

The likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell are huge names on the subcontinent and would be in big demand."The negotiations have obviously created interest overseas and there has been genuine interest from the Indian market in regards to players' IP and taking that offshore," said ACA commercial manager Tim Cruickshank.

With the players' contracts set to expire on Friday, an emergency meeting of the ACA is scheduled here for Sunday, which current and former cricketers like David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson are expected to attend.

The issues before the meeting are the status of next month's Australia A tour of South Africa, which is in major doubt since the five-minutes-to-midnight agreement expires on Friday, whether the players would accept tour payments for August Test series in Bangladesh, and their stance on those players who already have a contract rolling into the 2017-18 season.

Adding to the approaching maelstrom is that several player agents have held talks with rivals to CA sponsors, opening up the uncomfortable possibility for the governing body of players eyeing aligned brands such as the Commonwealth Bank and Toyota.

Australian high performance manager Pat Howard had earlier sent an email to all the players warning them to not enter in any agreements with rival companies of existing sponsors of the board.

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