April 19, 2008

Indian Premier League

The ICC must start listening

Peter English

Alex Brown, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says the ICC is not listening to the players, the national administrators or those who seek to profit from cricket.

In the inaugural week of the Indian Premier League - a competition many believe will revolutionise the way the game is played, marketed and distributed worldwide - participants have formed a united front to express their belief that, unless the ICC installs an IPL window in the Future Tours Program, cricket could be torn apart.

Alarm bells should be ringing throughout the ICC's Dubai headquarters at a decibel level to rival a Long Bay prison break. After all, cricket should be more mindful than most sports of the threat posed by cashed-up raiders with players in their sights. But despite the impassioned pleas and the painful lessons of history, the ICC does not seem to be heeding the call.

In the same paper Philip Derriman compares the IPL to the popular singer Andre Rieu.


Peter English is former Australasia editor of ESPNcricinfo

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