$50m contract plan for Clarke, Warner in new cricket comp

MICHAEL Clarke and David Warner would be offered $50 million contracts as part of a plan hatched by an Indian conglomerate to take on the cricket establishment in a plot that has been likened to Kerry Packer's creation of World Series Cricket nearly 40 years ago.

The Essel Group's owner, Indian billionaire Subhash Chandra, has confirmed ambitions to launch a cricket venture since Fairfax Media revealed last week the business giant had registered company names in Australia and other nations in an apparent bid to launch a rival world governing body and a rich, new global Twenty20 league.

They would need to flex their financial muscle in an extraordinary way to coax the world's leading and best-paid players away from their national boards but it has since emerged their plans included targeting Australian captain Clarke and opener Warner, among other stars.

Sources say the plan devised was to lure Clarke and Warner into the rebel structure as priority acquisitions with 10-year contracts worth a staggering $50 million. 


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