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AUSTRALIAN cricketers could become the country's richest sports people, with Indian Premier League's salary cap likely to be scrapped.

Top players are poised for astronomical IPL contracts of up to $15 million.

In a development that has the potential to rock cricket's foundations, several of Australia's leading players have been told the $US5 million salary cap for each IPL franchise will be abolished in future years.

That will create a free market where cashed-up Indian franchises will have no limits to their buying power and can splurge much more than the top IPL price of $1.65 million paid to Indian poster boy M. S. Dhoni this year.

As recently as last week, Dhoni told one senior Australian player he had been promised the IPL's biggest names could expect extraordinary contracts of up to $14-15 million after the salary cap was abolished.

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