first_imgCricket Australia has tried to lure captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner away from the Indian Premier League by offering them multi-year contract deals.According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CA got in touch with Smith, Warner and fast bowlers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins with “verbal offers of three-year deals” instead of the usual one-year contract. However, there was a condition: stay away from the IPL.Pat Howard, CA’s executive general manager of team performance, approached the players with the new offers in the midst of a pay dispute but he reportedly got a lukewarm response from the stars.Last month, Australia’s professional cricketers rejected a pay offer from CA, saying the proposal was “a win for cricket administrators but a loss for cricket”.Warner and Smith are among the most valued international cricket stars in the IPL.Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to lift the title last year and was on top of his game with 848 runs, losing the Orange Cap to Virat Kohli. This year, Warner has already amassed 535 runs and is a clear favourite to finish the season as leading run-scorer.Smith on the other hand, has turned it around for Rising Pune Supergiant after taking over as captain from MS Dhoni. He has so far scored 367 runs.Starc was an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore before he decided to sit out this season in a bid to prepare for the Champions Trophy which starts in England from June 1. Cummins has been impressive for the Delhi Daredevils, who have as a team endured some tough moments this summer.advertisementNotably, all these players command top bucks and would almost certainly make more money in the IPL than any of CA’s multi-year contracts on offer currently. It remains to be seen if the Australian board comes back with more aggressive offers.Australia apparently want to ensure their players remain fit and fresh for international assignments and have sufficient break to recover before the gruelling international season starts after April-May.last_img