Australian and New South Wales pace bowler Brett Lee has decided not to take up the offer of a contract with Cricket New South Wales for the coming season.
Lee, who took two wickets in Australia’s washed-out One Day International against Ireland, has decided that given the new structure of national contracts, it would not be fair to accept a contract from Cricket New South Wales given the likelihood that he would be available for only a handful of one day matches.
Lee would still play for New South Wales on a match-by-match basis, where selected.
"I truly appreciate Cricket New South Wales’ offer but given the unique position I find myself in under the new contracting model, it makes sense to give this opportunity to a young player. I am still very much focused on earning a CA contract over the next two months and will continue to help Cricket New South Wales where I can this season," Lee said.
Lee is currently on tour in England with the Australian One-Day side.
This year Cricket Australia has reduced the number of contracts it offers from 25 to 17, with room to upgrade players as the year progresses.
Under the new agreement announced last week, a player needs to earn 12 points playing matches for Australia to receive a $190,000 Cricket Australia upgrade.
Lee, a member of Australia's one-day and Twenty20 teams, can earn the upgrade by playing either six one-day internationals (two points per match) or 12 Twenty20s (one point per match).
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First Posted 27 June, 2012 1:24PM AEDT