In what could be a massive boost for veterans cricket, two of the sport’s greatest ever players—Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar—are reportedly recruiting former international players for a travelling Twenty20 tournament called the “Cricket All Stars League".

Several former greats, including Australians Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Englishmen Andrew Flintoff and Michael Vaughan and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis have been approached, according to a report in The Australian.

According to Cricket.com.au, “The plan, detailed by News Corp., is independent of the rebel Twenty20 league proposed by India’s Essel Group, and would see 15 matches played over a four-year period, with players paid up to $25,000 per match."

The first set of matches, the report says, could be played as early as September, and “are believed to be scheduled for New York, Los Angeles and Chicago..."

According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, “the organizers are keeping the International Cricket Council (ICC) and powerful boards like the BCCI, Cricket Australia and England and Wales Cricket Board in the loop and are expected to make a formal announcement in the next two months to make the plans public."

The Cricket.com.au report added that Cricket Australia (CA) and the ICC said “they had no knowledge of the proposal". However, it quotes a CA spokesman as suggesting that the proposal “could be a positive way to promote and grow the game in new or emerging markets as long as it didn’t poach contracted international players."

Neil Maxwell, Brett Lee’s manager, confirmed that his client had been approached by Tendulkar and Warne to play in the league. He also confirmed that Lee would be seeking clearance from Cricket Australia to play in the league. “I can’t see anything wrong with it, it’s a group of retired blokes playing a game of cricket," Maxwell told Fox Sports.

The report in The Australian adds, “A total of 28 retired cricketers are reportedly in the pair’s sights, with initial contracts already circulated to targeted former players. These contracts are to secure the players’ involvement with detailed contracts and a sign-on fee of $10,000 to follow within 30 days."

Earlier this year, in January, Warne hinted at a venture, which he dubbed as “an exciting announcement to make soon". He wrote on his Instagram page, “Me & the little master have an exciting announcement to make soon. We look forward to sharing it with you all... Pumped !!!!! #BBL04"

The post also featured a picture of himself with Tendulkar from the Lord’s bicentennial celebrations last year. The ESPNCricinfo report adds, “The seeds for this venture are believed to have been sown last year during Lord’s bicentenary celebrations, where Tendulkar and Warne led teams in a 50-over match. Subsequently, both players and their management teams fanned around the cricketing globe to check if recently retired players were interested in playing in Twenty20 matches which would be competitive in nature."

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