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The economic recession is finally having an effect on Indian cricket. No, next year’s IPL is not being cancelled but the salaries of players employed by Air India, the national carrier, are not going to be paid on time. The airline announced wage cuts for its employees earlier this week and this will affect the salaries of international players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, RP Singh, Sreesanth and the women’s captain Jhulan Goswami. “Frankly, we are still not clear on the status but yes, the salary has been deferred by a fortnight,” Shekhar Guha, the head of Air India’s Sports Promotion Board, said. So... tough times loom for Indian cricketers.