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IF there is a queue at the international airport of late, it's because Australia's cricketers are lining up to pay excess baggage fees for the sackloads of rupees plundered during their brief, but profitable, excursion to India.

Cricket has seen nothing like the Indian Premier League, and the players' bank accounts have seen nothing like it either.

At least two of the Australian players have earned $3000 or more per run scored. And it didn't matter what sort of run. A nice cover drive and an ugly outside edge were equal in the eyes of the benevolent bean-counters.

Australia's top players have had to pull out of the tournament early to prepare for the Test tour of the caribbean, while other players continue to cash in.

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