Australian cricketers and support staff in the Pakistan Super League will have to make a call within days whether they are prepared to risk their safety and play in the Twenty20 final in Lahore.
Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.
Australia's top cricketers may have to contemplate signing temporary series-by-series contracts should they decide to spurn a new revenue model Cricket Australia remains determined to introduce.
Southern Stars coach Matthew Mott says his batters are "under pressure" to perform when the tourists begin their one-day series against New Zealand on Sunday.
After reaching stumps on 9/256 on Day One, Australia will need to do everything right from here if they are to snap their nine-Test losing streak in Asia.
Victorian wicketkeeper Sam Harper has returned home after spending almost a fortnight in an Adelaide hospital after a blow to the head in a Sheffield Shield game.
Australian selector Mark Waugh says Mitch Marsh needs a "breakthrough" innings but admits it's going to be a tough challenge to complete this in India.
The Southern Stars will seek redemption for their shock Twenty20 series defeat to the White Ferns when the two nations begin a three-match one-day series in New Zealand on Sunday.
The manager of Pat Cummins says Cricket Australia will have to show good reason to justify any call for the Australian fast bowler to pull out of the Indian Premier League and relinquish his major pay day.
Follow the annual frenzy as IPL clubs bid for the world's best Twenty20 players in an ostentatious event from a ritzy Bangalore hotel.
While England allrounder Ben Stokes was sold for a stunning $A2.8 million, reborn Australian paceman Pat Cummins and former international spearhead Mitchell Johnson have also profited handsomely in the Indian Premier League auction on Monday.