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IPL must assist affected players: Union

The international cricket players’ union says the future credibility of the Indian Premier League could be hurt if it doesn’t help those inadvertently affected by a betting scandal.

The Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been suspended from the lucrative Twenty20 competition for two years after their owners were found guilty of illegally betting on games.

Several big-name Australians are aligned with both teams, but their status is unclear.

Neither Cricket Australia nor the Australian Cricketers’ Association wished to comment on the situation, referring instead to the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).

FICA said it is trying to find out which players are affected and how, before it prepares any advice.

“At this early stage we need to determine what the implications will be for the players contracted to CSK and Rajasthan and to gather information from the players themselves – in particular, in regard to outstanding periods left on their contracts and any outstanding payments due to them,” executive chairman Tony Irish told AAP.

“If the event is reduced to six teams, it obviously affects player opportunity to play in it and we hope that doesn’t happen.

“It is also hoped that if the suspensions stand the IPL and BCCI (the Indian cricket board) will step in and assist players who are affected due to no fault of their own.

“I think that is important for the future credibility of the event with players.”

Australian stars Steve Smith, Shane Watson and James Faulkner were among those contracted to the Royals for this year’s tournament, while veteran Michael Hussey featured for the Super Kings.

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