IPL franchises pay big bucks for players to sit around doing nothing

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An Australian news paper, The Australian, has an interesting piece which talks about some of the big name international stars at the IPL who have not gotten a single game. The list includes Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof amongst the likes of Mcgrath and Andrew McDonald.

LEE Carseldine, the 33-year-old Queenslander with a titanium disc in his spine, has played five matches in the Indian Premier League this year.

NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques and Victorian Rob Quiney have had four games each. Tasmania's George Bailey has appeared once.

Meanwhile, Glenn McGrath, one of the most famous names in cricket and reportedly as reliable as ever in the nets, has not been able to get a match for Delhi. Nor have Australia Test all-rounder Andrew McDonald and Sri Lanka's Farveez Maharoof.

Victoria's Dirk Nannes has played in all nine Delhi games. Captain Virender Sehwag says Nannes is the fastest bowler he has faced and that is why he plays while McGrath does not.

"I will tell my grandchildren that I was responsible for keeping the greatest fast bowler of all time out of a playing XI," Nannes said.

The decision to leave out the big names makes sense when you are winning, but it is costly.

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