ICC news June 13, 2012

Lorgat rules out window for IPL

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The ICC will not consider creating an official window for the IPL in its Future Tours Programme, according to the outgoing ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. The issue of clashing schedules has been apparent since the IPL began in 2008 and refuses to disappear, with this year's tournament forcing West Indies players to choose between the IPL and their home Test series against Australia.

Next year will be no different as New Zealand's cricketers, who can earn significantly more as an IPL player than they do via their national contracts, are due to visit England for a Test tour during the second half of the IPL. England's cricketers regularly have national duties that prevent them from playing a full IPL tournament.

But despite the risk of players choosing the IPL over representing their countries, the ICC remains opposed to the idea of incorporating the two-month tournament into the Future Tours Programme. Lorgat, whose tenure in charge of the ICC finishes at the end of June, said creating a window for the IPL would set a dangerous precedent.

"The consequence of that [an IPL window] is what do we do with the Big Bash League?" Lorgat said. "What do we do with other premier leagues - Sri Lanka is launching one, Bangladesh has one. I know people might say the IPL is the premier league, but once you provide a window for one particular member, you have to be conscious of the fact you may well have to do it for other members. Hence why we have not been supportive of a window specifically for any one of those domestic leagues."

Although an official IPL window is not on the agenda of cricket's administrators, each country's board would bear the tournament in mind when scheduling bilateral tours. That is certainly the case for New Zealand, whose board and players' association have an agreement to avoid scheduling international series that would clash with the IPL.

But such a conflict was inescapable next year, with New Zealand due to visit England for a Test tour in a year that also features an Ashes series in England. As a result, the New Zealand players could miss the warm-up matches ahead of the Test series. James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said national boards were doing what they could to allow their players to take part in the IPL but occasional clashes were unavoidable.

"I think there's a notional window already for the IPL," Sutherland said. "I think it exists. There's an inevitability around some overlap and countries are working around that to the best of their ability. There are challenges ultimately, it's been raised with clashes from time to time. But I think there's a notional window that most countries are working with and around, in order to allow their players the opportunity to play in IPL.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for cricketers to play in that competition. It's a huge competition and obviously it's very lucrative. It's hard to really stand in the way of that, particularly for countries that are less fortunate than ourselves, perhaps not generating the same amount of money as we are and perhaps not being able to pay their players as much as we are able to here in Australia."

Lorgat was in Melbourne to present Sutherland with the ICC's ODI shield, after Australia finished on top of the one-day international rankings at the end of the 2011-12 season. The Australians are about to embark on a six-match one-day tour of England and Ireland, and by the end of the trip they will have played 52 full international games across all formats in the space of 12 months.

Managing the volume of cricket on international calendars will be one of the challenges for Lorgat's successor at the ICC, Dave Richardson, who steps into his new position next month. Lorgat said there was no easy solution to overcrowded schedules, given the demand for all three formats.

"There's only 365 days in the year," Lorgat said. "If we could work out how to get more [days in the year] we would have the answer. Volume of cricket is something we all focus on. The only way in my view is for everybody involved to monitor and to ensure that they manage volume. Everybody to me is from the players themselves all the way through to the administrators, with the coaches in between.

"We've just seen last week in the Test match where England ... were resting James Anderson. Rotation is something which certain players are not keen on, understandably so, but I think it's a reality. Unless all of us manage the volume we're not going to get on top of that."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY caughtatcover on | June 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Looks a typical case of a monster that has outgrown the master..i mean if the IPL is given a separate window by ICC, other leagues like the BPL, SPL etc would not settle for anything less, that means that the ICC is not able to manage these leagues and eventually Test cricket would suffer..what a shame!

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 14, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Many of the fans from other countries take the we-are-holier-than-thou approach. If any of the countries do not play T20 too much, they can criticize. Some point out that England T20 happens between many other tournaments, but still it involves 18 teams (double of what IPL has) and happens for around same 45 days, but they want IPL to reduce teams and days. Is that justice served? Accept the fact that no one could be lucrative as ipl is. Accept every country needs money. BCCI or India does not want a window for IPL, This question came through because others wanted window for IPL. There is nothing to blame India here, live with it. No one is destroying test cricket here, understand it. Indians love test cricket and watch the format in millions, agree to the facts. Let us enjoy the cricket, whatever format is, without fighting here and let ICC handle issues, which they are doing well like this one. It's upto cricketers to decide thier path to glory.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | June 14, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Simple solution... have two 4 week windows a year, one for northern and one for southern hemisphere league tournaments... then leave it with the players on where they want to play. The xPL's need to ensure they fit whatever they have within that 4 week window. The boards need to fit their calendars and fixtures around these windows.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Just wait and see... there will be a window soon.. IPL is more powerful than we thought...

  • POSTED BY Ben2014 on | June 14, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I have a simple solution for those who hate IPL. Just watch something else or go to sleep.

  • POSTED BY Ben2014 on | June 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Don't get me wrong. I LOVE IPL. However I am fully in agreement with Lorgat. He just can't and shouldn't create a window for IPL unless he is prepared to create windows for all domestic leagues. That will not be practical. Having said that, BCCI will not push for a window because they don't need one. To hell with a window - IPL gets the players they want without a window so why look for one?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    This move is like a doubled edged weapon. What if, some of the international stars, think in terms of leaving international setup so as to be available for IPL and make more lucrative money given the fact that its the shortest format of cricket. Or even some of them can give a detractive performance in the international arena just to enable themselves get a free ticket to IPL? And no disrespect, but why did they let this happen for 5 years and then suddenly wanting to call it off citing a reason that may seem plausible now but also kinda makes them look a bit ridiculous. We already lost a valuable short format specialist KP. Anyways lets hope this decision will do no harm than doing more harm to cricket.

  • POSTED BY UrKiddingMe on | June 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Crap old world decision. Give IPL its window and maybe another window later in the year. Dramatically reduce the number of ODIs and make sure all Test series are a minimum of 3 Tests...

  • POSTED BY segga-express on | June 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    The comments about the length of the English T20 cup miss the fundamental point that the knock-out rounds don't happen in the same block as the group stages. First Class matches and List A matches take place between the start and end of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | June 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    This is a sensible move by the ICC as regulator of the game. The regulator is getting out of the way of the market. Perfect.

  • POSTED BY caughtatcover on | June 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Looks a typical case of a monster that has outgrown the master..i mean if the IPL is given a separate window by ICC, other leagues like the BPL, SPL etc would not settle for anything less, that means that the ICC is not able to manage these leagues and eventually Test cricket would suffer..what a shame!

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 14, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    Many of the fans from other countries take the we-are-holier-than-thou approach. If any of the countries do not play T20 too much, they can criticize. Some point out that England T20 happens between many other tournaments, but still it involves 18 teams (double of what IPL has) and happens for around same 45 days, but they want IPL to reduce teams and days. Is that justice served? Accept the fact that no one could be lucrative as ipl is. Accept every country needs money. BCCI or India does not want a window for IPL, This question came through because others wanted window for IPL. There is nothing to blame India here, live with it. No one is destroying test cricket here, understand it. Indians love test cricket and watch the format in millions, agree to the facts. Let us enjoy the cricket, whatever format is, without fighting here and let ICC handle issues, which they are doing well like this one. It's upto cricketers to decide thier path to glory.

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | June 14, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Simple solution... have two 4 week windows a year, one for northern and one for southern hemisphere league tournaments... then leave it with the players on where they want to play. The xPL's need to ensure they fit whatever they have within that 4 week window. The boards need to fit their calendars and fixtures around these windows.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Just wait and see... there will be a window soon.. IPL is more powerful than we thought...

  • POSTED BY Ben2014 on | June 14, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I have a simple solution for those who hate IPL. Just watch something else or go to sleep.

  • POSTED BY Ben2014 on | June 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Don't get me wrong. I LOVE IPL. However I am fully in agreement with Lorgat. He just can't and shouldn't create a window for IPL unless he is prepared to create windows for all domestic leagues. That will not be practical. Having said that, BCCI will not push for a window because they don't need one. To hell with a window - IPL gets the players they want without a window so why look for one?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    This move is like a doubled edged weapon. What if, some of the international stars, think in terms of leaving international setup so as to be available for IPL and make more lucrative money given the fact that its the shortest format of cricket. Or even some of them can give a detractive performance in the international arena just to enable themselves get a free ticket to IPL? And no disrespect, but why did they let this happen for 5 years and then suddenly wanting to call it off citing a reason that may seem plausible now but also kinda makes them look a bit ridiculous. We already lost a valuable short format specialist KP. Anyways lets hope this decision will do no harm than doing more harm to cricket.

  • POSTED BY UrKiddingMe on | June 14, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Crap old world decision. Give IPL its window and maybe another window later in the year. Dramatically reduce the number of ODIs and make sure all Test series are a minimum of 3 Tests...

  • POSTED BY segga-express on | June 14, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    The comments about the length of the English T20 cup miss the fundamental point that the knock-out rounds don't happen in the same block as the group stages. First Class matches and List A matches take place between the start and end of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | June 14, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    This is a sensible move by the ICC as regulator of the game. The regulator is getting out of the way of the market. Perfect.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | June 14, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why should something that has been around for 4 years disrupt something that has been in place for 120 years? I don't personally care if anyone in the sub-continent plays test cricket anymore. Australia will still have touring cricket sides play tests in this country and the same will happen in England. That was the way it was for 80 years here and the IPL will just fracture cricket along the lines that it used to be. We will be bad at 20/20 cricket, and the sub-continent will be bad at test cricket. Thing is, we won't care, and our players won't care. They will just use the IPL (which isn't shown on Aussie TV) and the big bash to pay for their test careers. Test cricket used to be a totally amateur game, and it seems as if it will head down that path again. Get paid for the brainless bash and dash so you can play the real sport for national and professional pride.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    The IPL doesn't need a window. The players will create their "own" window. We have already seen the West Indian players do that and also a few of the NZ guys. Both Australia and SA won't be playing at that time anyway because of the end of the season in those countries. So that leaves SL, Bangladesh and English players. If a player wants to play in the league then he will definitely do so unless he's a permanent fixture in the national side. The English players except KP, Eoin Morgan etc will never feature in the IPL so why all the fuss ? I think some people are simply making a big deal out of this whole situation. It makes the ICC look dumb more than anything.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Is Kp's decsion to quit limited overs cricket for his country citing over work etc (actually only wants to quit 50 over and get his full ipl days in for as many years as he can) not indicitve of the mentality of the ipl its self? What would the ipl be without the international stars? Hence the tactic to get it adjudged as a global competitiion, luring more stars, making more money. If this happens someday(and it probably will:( it would be the begining of the end of the game as we know it. Dont get me wrong, this years ipl was perhaps the best, but it should most assuredly be up to the boards and the players themselves as to who can participate in the ipl. The tournament is also better for having different international players entering and exiting at different stages. As to a previous comment about cricketers "getting paid enough to survive" pish. Show a poor international cricketer??!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    The IPL is inevitable. i have a love-hate relationship with it but i cant imagine a cricketing environment now without it. There's arguments both ways about it, but eventually we all know whats going to happen. Sooner or later the IPL is going to hump you. [Russell Peters' quote twisted to meet ends].

    On logical grounds the IPL is just another domestic league. But when you really think about its fan base and appeal, and in monetary terms [the most important undercurrent], the IPL is bigger than most of the bi/tri nation tournaments.

    Whats the way out then? - Let there be a "notional" window for it. And as far as what the ICC can do to best it, they should start/use the Champions League like platform and get teams from all around the world to compete in it. It just may happen that in time, with a truly worldwide fan base [i hate to take the example of football, but what the hell] like football, it may overtake the IPL and make other boards [ie other than BCCI] equitable stakeholders

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | June 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    This is the correct statement by the ICC. They can not be seen favouring any particular country's board, no matter how many strings they pull, or much money is offerred!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    here z da thing!! you all can play IPL what will happen z some thing like dz. best playesr playing IPL then teams will start loosing then we will stop watching normal games. and since IPL z bloody long and not all teams have all the country representation and we will get bored and people will stop watching it(it is for gods sake toooo log series arent u guys get bored along the way!!). Once ppl bored with cricket bye byee to those CRICKETERS ma friend. cz IPL only exist as long as we watch it!! And trust me we are hating IPL now ALOT. CZ IT Z BRING AND DESTROYING CRICKET!!

  • POSTED BY shanewaj on | June 14, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    What happened in Football will also happening in cricket. Big players don't play for country unless it is world cup. That will also happen in cricket.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 14, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Hats off to Lorgat !!!! very fair decision taken by ICC !!!!

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | June 14, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    ICC has done the right thing. They couldnt have been shown openly favoring one board while not assigning a similar favor to others being a governing body. It is up to the cricket boards to make a window for IPL or ask their players to play in internationals at the same time. It would be wiser for some smaller entities like NZ, WI, Lanka and Bangladesh to avoid playing international cricket while IPL is on. As their top players will earn big amounts in IPL and can concentrate on International cricket for the rest of the year. Unless and until PCB and CA dont face the issue of one their top player retiring from International cricket to play in T20 around the world they will be adamant in having their own way.

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | June 14, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    In fact to continue from my previous message, if ICC does try and strangle the 20-20 goose, possibly causing the IPL to disintegrate leaving its fan base high and dry, I see the possibility of Indian fans (who probably number more than all the rest put together) will shift to some other sport if the chance comes along - may be hockey? may be football? maybe Baseball! Once IPL falls due to all these Machiavellian tactics, all it will need is for one of these sports to pounce upon that opportunity. Those who think that this is not a serious possibility need to just remember that hockey used to be the number 1 sport followed in India at one time and poor administrative tactics and vision made it loose that status which Cricket profited from then. So for the games administrators to think that they are bigger than the fan base is self destructive.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | June 14, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Good move. I just hope this won't change in the coming years. It's very sad to see international players selecting this over their national commitments but, when SL & NZ players get double their national annual salary in just 1 season of IPL or more, who wouldn't want to play in the IPL. It pays you heaps for just warming the darn bench. CA, ECB & CSA don't have a problem because those boards have enough money. SLC, BCB, WICB & NZC are the boards that want their players to go for this so that they also get money. I seriously hate T20 cricket from the very bottom of my heart!

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | June 14, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    I can see a lot of opposition to IPL here - but I can understand some of them are from purists ( I too am one). However many I feel are from people who are plain jealous about its succcess level and the riches it offers to the cricketers who can participate. A couple of years back I felt that it was going to kill Test cricket. However once you recognise that IPL is just a reflection of the Era we live in, then it becomes clearer. In an extremely competitive world where in commerce operates at lightening speeds due to communication networking, people do not have the time to sit and watch cricket for 5 days anymore. So if ICC goes and kills the 20-20 goose, it wont be without fatally hurting cricket. No fan base - No Game. Even Test cricket changed plenty along the way (used to be time when endless tests were played). So I do not see how ICC and some disgruntled fans of tests can ignore that Cricket needs to survive and spread in the closest form it can!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Mr Lorgat's logic is seriously flawed. He equates IPL with all other national T20 tournaments. That's ridiculous. IPL has far more money and a far bigger fanbase than any other cricket venue by far, including English County Cricket and just about all international cricket with the possible exception of the Ashes. It is also solving a huge problem for international cricket players: getting paid enough to survive. The West Indies cricketers came back from India with fat wallets and big cricket shots. They are happier for the experience and more committed to their national side. If more cricketers from England had participated in IPL it would have helped them. Lorgat and his henchmen are shortsighted and are doing more damage to global cricket popularity by trying to fragment it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    "Real cricket" isn't for idiots says Pratchett. Maybe so :-) But, "real money" is in 20/20. Like it or lump it. And, money will beat "real cricket" anytime, anyday.

  • POSTED BY Simoc on | June 14, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Yes a split would see all the wealth in T20 cricket with 90% of the crowds .Test cricket will be dead and buried apart from Oz vs England and India vs Pakistan. Thats why they need ODIs, to pay for the cost of tests. Generally only the retired and unemployable have five days to sit around and watch a test match while contributing nothing.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Well done ICC - great decision. There are enough players to go around for this B Grade tournament, boosted by overpaid International stars

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | June 14, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Scrap test cricket completely. It is meaningless without the best players. It is a hangover from a bygone colonial era. You might as well insist that the spectators ride horses to the ground as well.... ...spin the whole thing out to ten days including travel, ahh just like the good ole days!!!! Let it go, its over (no pun intended)!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    This is tragic for us smaller nations that cant pay the players to put country first. I dont blame players that choose money over national pride. Their careers are small in time and they do need to make money while the sunshines. Give them a window for IPL and everyone benefits.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    ICC obviously is not pro active and lacks vision. FIFA went through the same nonsense and and took appropriate action, ICC is a dinosaur, why can't they instruct all members on the free weeks that will be left available so that they can make appropriate adjustments to their formats and fall in line (after consultations of course). This is not rocket science, but I guess who got the $$ calls the shots...until it's too late.

  • POSTED BY anuradea on | June 13, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    Like everything else in life sports need to change with times and the needs of the paying public and come up with new products to attract the customers. IPL falls right into this category and ICC will help Cricket and themselves by allowing a winow for the IPL. Even if they don't, what will happen is all the good players will be out of their respective country engagements which will devalue those tours. ICC, along with the other counties can find a way to get themselves compensated I am sure allowing a window will be a win-win for all concerned and Cricket. while test cricket remains romantic with some following, the money is in the 20/20 as it can hold the attection span of the die hards as well as the moderates and without doubt fills in the grounds everytime. If this is not enough for the ICC, I do not know what will as every cricketer know how much more fun to play in front of a capacity crowd that in an empty stadium. Come-on Mr.Logart and ICC think out of the Box and find a way.

  • POSTED BY TheMysteryMan on | June 13, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    There is no need for IPL window. But let player chose what he wants to do. Do not punish the player year round if he chooses the IPL for 6 weeks over any international matches. All this talk about country over money is just that, hollow talk. Exception of BCCI, other boards dont play their contracted players as handsomely as IPL pays them for just 6 weeks of work. We have created a capitalist world, and here money counts. Let players earn what they are capable of. All this nationalistic pride does not help player when he retires at the age of 36-37 having to support his family for rest of his life. Game takes a huge toll on players bodies when they are playing professional players, expecting them to work like normal folks for rest of their life is unjustified. They earn in their 12 or if lucky 15 years of professional career. They deserve to earn their living to best of their potential. If home board cant compensate for income loss, free the player for IPL or other T20 leagues.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 13, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Lol.England have a T20 tournament that starts on june 12 till august 25. It is for more than 70 to 75 days. But who care about that. Most of the English people wont care, as they are busy watching Euro and Olympics... even if IPL is not broadcasted in Australia, IPL is still a hit.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Right decision. IPL should be banned and instead bring on rotation basis T20 tournaments in different Nations to promote countrywide teams as opposed to this mixture of players and other unwanted side attractions which is spoiling all quality players game and mind.

  • POSTED BY Pratchett on | June 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    I agree with Hammond! I see a split in cricket. Test playing nations breaking away from the 20/20 nations. Basically, if you cannot concentrate for more than 15 minutes then you belong to the latter. Real cricket isn't for idiots.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | June 13, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    BBCI is too powerul. Its brilliant

  • POSTED BY mahicric on | June 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    IPL is here to stay. My 70+ years grandfather watched almost every match of IPL. After this year IPLcompleted he is feeling so bored that he could not stay at home and forcing us to take him out everyday. IPL doesn't need a window, it can run without window and foreign players. and important thing is IPL can't accomadate all the international cricket players. BTW This year IPL is very good.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | June 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    IPL is a 2 month tournament which started only 4 years ago..now if ignorant people think that is what's killing cricket then they are sadly mistaken. I can't get over the fact why teams play soo many meaningless ODI games..5 match ODI series and 7 match ODI series is a joke and absolutely pathetic, and that's what's really degrading cricket *sigh*

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | June 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    I recently read an article by Siddharth Monga (I think) which said BCCI actually prefers ICC not creating this window, one reason being that the IPL would totally be BCCI's property instead of coming under ICC regulations. Monga also laid out few other points, cant recollect now.

  • POSTED BY msankar on | June 13, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    WOW.... wonderful decision...... I like it....

  • POSTED BY junziboy on | June 13, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    let the players decide if the wanna play for country or club.....if theuy chose clubs dn let dm go an remove dm from future selection for countries....no player suld b bigger dn country......dt includes likes of clark sahin kavin p gayle etc.....dy can play ipl n make muni but sit at home for the other remaning 10 months or so.....in dt way players will lose dr fan following also....

  • POSTED BY Jim1207 on | June 13, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    the_wallster: vow, the saviors of test cricket are england and australia. Please save test cricket from our hands. by the way, why does England's T20 tournament starts on june 12 and happens until aug 25, for 75 days? and that is not killing test cricket, because no one cares about it. Yes, it's the others who kills cricket, but hopefully cricket will live in england and australia. We would still be able to see it.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | June 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    This is really good because what is cricket will get defined when IPL and ICC fight for audience and resources. Most likely IPL will win because of both resources and audience. If that is how it pans out then Lorgat just wrote his career obituary.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Perfect.... Please go ahead and ban IPL... It will help imrpve standard of players in India and use the money from IPL in international matches so that players get paid.

  • POSTED BY arjun814 on | June 13, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Continue..

    Don't bring this topic of country vs club, that's really absurd. If there is world cup scheduled during the same time as IPL, no internatioal cricket who has chance to represent his country will even think of IPL. You have to look at the magnitude and importance of the series that players are skipping to play in IPL when you bring the country vs club topic. Bottom line IPL doesn't need an official window, 4-5 years down the road players will have an unofficial window and either they will skip one meaning less ODI series or retire from international cricket to play for the IPL which has money, excitment and feeling of playing for something significant at the end.

  • POSTED BY Adeel9 on | June 13, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I don't recall BCCI calling for a "window". Don't you see? the window is already there. Not formally but a notional one.

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | June 13, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Let players decide where they want to play and all countries should be able to produce enough cricketers to replace those who choose to play for IPL. Even well paid cricketers of Aus and UK should not be forced to give up IPL money.

  • POSTED BY arjun814 on | June 13, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    If anyone thinks that IPL is killing international cricket then you are completley wrong, if a 2 month domestic tournament started 4 years back is killing the international cricket then there is something really wrong with international cricket itself. Meaning less one days (25-30 a year oh..my god), test matches on flat Asian pitches and unplanned schedules is what is killing international cricket. Is there any sport that plays so many meaning less international matches (ODI'S) per year other than cricket. If you are playing an international match then it should have some kind of significance. Look at soccer they play WC Qaulifiers, WC Matches and their own continent cups (EURO, COPA) and very very few friendly matches (may be 5 -10 an year).That's how cricket should be. Don't blame the players for choosing IPL over their country, it's not just about the money, it's also the excitemnt of playing for something (IPL Championship) at the end. Don't bring this topic of country vs club.

  • POSTED BY cric_follower on | June 13, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Tier the cricketing world into ELITE and SUB-ELITE. 10 teams in each. Top 5 teams stay in elite and play each other for 2 years. Both One-days and T20s. The bottom team from Elite go to SUB-ELITE and the top team of SUB-ELITE transfers to ELITE. Keeps the competition going. There is less but MORE competitive cricket. Any Thoughts?

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 13, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Please don't create a window for IPL in FTP, national boards will accommodate that window by themselves.

  • POSTED BY rahulraja2009 on | June 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Come on this means killing test cricket.We know that IPL is here to stay and even grow more and more.The International scheduling is sandwitched with ipl.ultimately loss is for international cricket.it is just matter of time before all teams will be fielding their b teams and make international matches 'more' interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    ICC is right, They can't commpromise and distrub the international Cricket schedule just for one domestic League,

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Extremely good news, now the players can decide whether they want to play for their country and gain some pride, or play the IPL for money. As Mr. Lorgat said, if the IPL was to be given a window in the calendar, then all other T20 leagues like the Big Bash, BPL, SLPL would need a window as well. Good decision overall by the ICC.

  • POSTED BY Dheepan on | June 13, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Finally ICC found its balls.. IPL is fun and good cricket.. but there is no point to have a window. Let the players and economics decide which thrives!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    LOL ICC..Even most of the Cricket boards will still have a window for IPL! I Bet!

  • POSTED BY SRAM20 on | June 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Good. Now don't blame Indian franchises, board and the country for all the ills that plague cricket. The ICC doesnt want a window for the IPL. If WI, Eng and other country players choose IPL over intl cricket, its not our problem (India's) anymore.

  • POSTED BY Rising_Edge1234 on | June 13, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Is it possible that all T20 leagues schedule their league stage matches to ONE game each. ICC should insist on this. That would free up precious time for the cricketers to play for their respective countries.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    IPL could start a week or two earlier as May is very hot in India. They could add a team and have 2 groups of 5 each and reduce the competition length by a week. It is possible to have 2 matches a day on all IPL days. Or have a lower division with relegation and limit the competition to 8 teams. There are ways to have a window, door and even a big wide ocean if there is will.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | June 13, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    From a long time ago I was wondering how a International body like ICC does sponsor a domestic commercial league like IPL blindly and make sure the FTP schedule is suitable for IPL. its a Great SHAME. FIFA the International football authority will never be biased to a particular domestic league which ICC does. This make difference with Cricket and Football all over the world.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 13, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    This decision means nothing. The players will choose for themselves as they have been doing. Sure the international fixtures will go on, but without the star players. More players are going to follow KP's way because of lack of IPL window. Bottomline, IPL will not suffer because it's got the full support of the players themselves and over 75% of the cricket fanbase.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    So why can't they IPL simply reduce the number of matches? I mean common each team playing 16 matches? It rather become meaningless at the end of the day. If IPL reduces the number of matches, everyone gets accommodated.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 13, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    WI and NZC must change their rules, any player that plays for these boards, from day one, should sign a contract that they can only play in IPL or whatever meaningless cricket only if they are not required for national duties. That way any player after joining these boards would be legally obligated not play in IPL if they have international duties. And this law is not unconstitutional, a cricket board is a private entity and can offer terms for the benefit of cricket in that country. Its these board that spend on coaching and salaries that make these good players so it must have every right to stop IPL or other leagues from reaping what these boards sow in the first place. The players already make enough money.

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | June 13, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Mr. Lorgat IPL does not need a window, its ICC which needs one :-)

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | June 13, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    HELLLLOOOO....BCCI NEVER ASKED FOR IPL WINDOW SO WHY ARE PEOPLE ARGUING...REGARDLESS OF NO IPL WINDOW, INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WILL CHOOSE IPL.

  • POSTED BY borhans on | June 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    ICC also shouldn't allow any league to continue more than 15 days which involve int Players .Even one month tournament is too big for present cricket calenders .So they should make all league a 15 day leagues if they involve any Int players .2 month IPL not only risking clash with most of other teams it is also dangerous for players health & performance .Most of the players who played IPL now too tired to play for their country it has happened for many players so ICC should make rules how these league can use Int players

  • POSTED BY borhans on | June 13, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    thats a good thing .Each year a couple of country will miss IPL thats good for their player also .IPL can't give opportunity to all players .so it will also ensure other players chance .ICC should stick to this method .Domestic league will be there but cricket is popular cz of their int matches not for any domestic league like football .So ICC should do what is best for cricket not what is best for INDIA or any other country

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    it's not often i say this, but Well Done the ICC! Don't be bullied into it. Those who wish to choose IPL over representing their country can do so. But they risk losing the value on their head for future auctions at this very same tournament by not being able to prove themselves on the international scene after their board kicks them out.

  • POSTED BY batnpad on | June 13, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    No surprises here. I am surprised at the many reactions of the ignorant cricket lovers here. Hear, India did not ask for to create a IPL window. It does not need to. It is the boards like SLC, WICB, NZC and ECB in due course who will be indirectly seeking one. Because they are the who will be most affected by the player exodus to the IPL. BCCI as such will be fine even with or without a window. This face saving, rheotic by Haroon on his way out may not dent his reputation, but its the internation cricket that will ultimately suffer.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 13, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    at the start of ipl india were saying their competition would not be to the detriment of test cricket. well that was found to be a load of tosh. you had players retiring, players feigning arguments with their boards etc. so they could play ipl during the early summer tests in the UK. they could play it the early part of the year or reduce the # of games or the # of teams. the bcci each year have moved the goal posts inch by inch each year. the icc as normal sit on the fence. its a home competition but it impinges into test cricket and will do each year

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | June 13, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Shamboooo!!!! Ultimate decision, giant step, kudos to ICC. Kick IPL out of this planet. This Team India is IPL servant and completely unfit and useless to play International Cricket or Test Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    so what about this if more and more money is involved in BBL???? players might choose that too??? Just let IPL go on and even fans across the world might know players who wil prefer money over country. players do earn a lot these days hence money should not be a factor.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | June 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ - Hammond - It'll be worse than that my Aussie rival. Unless this issue is properly tackled, it'll only be you (Australia) and us (England) playing test cricket. Have you seen the crowds in South Africa? They've just replaced the Boxing Day Test with a t20. Fewer and fewer teams are playing Test Cricket, because quite simply, it isn't affordable. Only the Australia and England sell-out their stadiums. The other test-playing nations barely get above 1000. It's a shame, but soon you'll have Test-playing nations advocating the disbandment of 50-over cricket, and everyone else advocating the disbandment of Test cricket. We're already seeing the likes of New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Windies abandon international cricket for t20 cricket. These are shadowy days, and the darker days are still to come.

  • POSTED BY Gillyyyy on | June 13, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    India should organize IPL in Spanish or English primier league manner...play matches only on Saturday/Sunday with the season start from some where in September till may end. This will open a space and will increase chance for players to participate in every game. Also IPL and the effecties can improve their own settlements in between.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    IPL has already proved itself. It is only going to get better and make cricket more enjoyable. Who cares about the conflict. They players will chose whatever format they like.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | June 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @ ALL PRO-IPL WINDOW - let's have an IPL window. 6 weeks of t20 hit-and-run cricket - perfect. While we're at it, why not have a BPL window? A Big Bash window? an EPL window? SAPL window....?? See where I am heading with this? You'd have 6 months....6 MONTHS of t20 domestic cricket, with ZERO international cricket. It's an impossibility for the international governing body to show bias, or favour towards a singular domestic competition. As I have already said. BCCI should be fair to the game of cricket and reduce the IPL schedule. 6 weeks is far too long, and as a fan and viewer of the IPL, far too much.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | June 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @maddy20 - the best way to avoid the club v country row is to reduce the competition. It was something ridiculous like 6 weeks this series wasn't it? Reduce the teams to 8, have a 3-4 week competition. That way everyone benefits. You avoid a clash with the West Indian, English, Australian and New Zealand international calendar, and the IPL gets the cream of those countries players. 16 games of IPL is far too many anyhow. Should be 6 teams. Reduce the number of teams, means an increase in the quality of overseas players.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    that's good to see finally money IPL was ruled out!!!IPL is not good or International Cricket!we all see that WI players played IPL instead of there National Side.That was too bad for sake of Sprite of Cricket!!! just imagine in most of the Country's March to April period is for Domestic Cricket..which included club matches and national Tournament.But instead of India ,all the Senior players which played for National team was not available for their country Domestic Season!! they are playing Money IPL.As a Example Lasith malinga from Sri Lanka now refuse to Sign SL Cricket Board Contract Just because of IPL. Because he earned lot more money from the IPL and Therefore he does not want to crash IPL. See West Indies Players?? what chapped to them. So This is really Good Decision made by ICC for sake of INTERNATIONAL cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY zdrgn on | June 13, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    i think that is a brave decision despite BCCI'S tremendous economic power and effect in ICC. @urprashant, why international will die? most of all of the international players except india do not get enough exposure,i think.international cricket is not club football.it will survive and classic players will come out.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 13, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    This is not a death knell for International cricket. The countries most under pressure from this decision are NZ & WI. Those respective boards need to avoid playing in that period, easier said than done. Otherwise, it doesn't really affact the other nations, as they are wealthy enough to have central contracts that mean players have considerable obligations to their country. Whilst I believe the IPL is still popular, some stats are continously on the decline - particularly pay for view I understand. This COULD mean that a point in the future, (three years?), the IPL may not be able to pay the same sized contracts, if it starts to scale back slightly, it will effect the franchise v country dilemna some players face.

  • POSTED BY StarHawk on | June 13, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    It's a logical decision by the ICC to not let IPL have a window. Had they granted a window, BBL, BPL, PPL, SLPL etc. would've all asked for one. But, there will always be an unofficial window for IPL because none of the other leagues will come even close to IPL in terms of money. So, just like in the NZ cricketers' contract, more & more players will say they need a window for IPL in their national contract.

    If ICC is trying to preserve international cricket by this move, then they'll learn a lesson soon. No one want to miss out on money and more and more freelance T20 cricketers will come to the scene. More cricketers will retire early so they can play & make money in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY chochotain on | June 13, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    They also have to keep in mind is not all the players from each country (with the exception of Inida) are playing IPL. For example only few from WI, AUS, ENG, and NZ, 1 from BD, non from PAK are playinig in IPL. Now reserving a 2 months winodw for IPL what all other palyers from these countries are going to do? watch IPL? I think the other boards actually should be scheduiling matches specifically during IPL, this way players who do not get a chance to play for their national teams can get a chance to prove themselves.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | June 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    The IPL is so important in my country (Australia) that it hasn't been shown on TV since 2008. As for the big-bash it's only a pay TV speciality that I have never seen aired in a pub or a club. No-one really cares about domestic 20/20 in Australia. Likewise if you watch the English domestic 20/20 tournaments there are less people there than attend the county matches. In the future I see Australia play test cricket against only a few nations (SA, ENG, PAK, SL) and the rest may fall by the wayside, with the odd WI or IND side touring Australia as an exotic 20/20 and ODI curiosity..

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | June 13, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I feel the response is based more on an illogical approach. To me, most ICC members tend to react to the Indian cricket's and IPL's economic possibilities in a negative way (in some cases it is not far from a sour grapes approach). Calling it domestic does not make any sense - since one of the seasons was held in SOUTH AFRICA ! Instead if ICC was truly having Cricket's interest at heart, then they could negotiate a money deal with the IPL for providing a window. Or they could even ask for support in non-cricketing countries to that ensure its growth (some matches could be held elsewhere). While my suggestions may not be exactly possible - what I am basically suggesting is that they should look at using that economic clout to further the spread of Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    good decesion by the icc players first choice should be the international crickket not ipl. ipl has a long scheldule . so bcci should make it small and flexible.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    This is foolish comment from an ICC official, IPL has never asked for a window and neither it does! Its a league made for Indian audiences within India and across the world, it creates its own window in a unique way. Its there for players to choose or no to, IPL has always maintained that for any player his national duties should be first. Its a format hugely successful with its audience and will always be, with or without any 'Window'!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Finally a stance that ICC should've taken long time ago. I am sure players wont choose IPL over their own country.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The reason I like the IPL and the fact that the ICC should open a window for the players is not all about the money that is being paid, it's about Dale Styne bowling to Chris Gayle LBW not only once but twice, Sunil Narine bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, those are the reason why IPL IS ENJOYABLE by millions

  • POSTED BY macadamnut on | June 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    That'll teach the Windies not to play India so hard.

  • POSTED BY urprashant on | June 13, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    This is beginning of slow death for international cricket...The way IPL is maturing as a product and ever increasing popularity, the amount of investment in IPL is only going to increase and will result in much more salary for players. And very soon, player will openly choose to play for their IPL teams. ICC has always failed to recognize the changing world. Various people seems very worried that indian team is not doing well in Test matches but believe me apart from some old rigid people no one in india cares about test matches and people are enjoying t20 more and more. And this exactly what is happening in football and other major sports.So if ICC wants to safe international cricket they should take this challenge and be flexible to change according to the ever changing world....

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | June 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    The discussion is moot. India dont want an official window, so even if there is a window made available, bcci wont take it. ITs nice to see someone else in charge of world cricket apart from England or Australia

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    the problem if the ipl was giving a window well they should compensate the icc members eg, the west indies thats the start of there season, if the west indies payed the players well if they had money well the players would play ipl.

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | June 13, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    IPL is not asking for a window. It's very clear that many cricketers are keen to play for IPL over their countries (Gayle, Malinga, KP, Bravo, Naraine etc) Living in denial is not good for anyone, especially for those countries whose players prefer country to club. It will only result in more KPs.

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | June 13, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Godd there is no window, this would not be fair if its only given to IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    IPL funding is quintessential for survival of cricket and for the smaller teams. We can talk about social justice and how countries should be treated equally, but end of the day, we live in a global system that does not work that way. Whatever ICC decides, a large amount of international cricketers will play in IPL - not just for money, but for the fame, social connections and experience. This also helps them retire early instead of pushing their injuries. Wouldn't you take a voluntary retirement in your career when the deal is great ?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    If the BCCI want to make space for the IPL perhaps the middle of the Ranji trophy might be a good time?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    its neither loss of bcci nor to icc but its loss to world cricket that is the consequence of this decision . just wait n watch how many cricketers announce retirement before next IPL STARTS.

  • POSTED BY yoohoo on | June 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I think this is most amount of discussion that I have seen on whether to give something or not, to somebody who has not asked for it!!!

  • POSTED BY Jah-D on | June 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Well boards will have to make their schedules around it. The IPL is interesting. I like that the players can make money they wouldn't normally do playing on a normal basis. People may not like it, but it is the future of cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    I know, no one asked for an IPL window; it creates its own window.

  • POSTED BY aditya.continous on | June 13, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Not having IPL works in their own favour...most of the boards neways dnt keep bilateral series during the time of IPL..so neways it doesn't need it...the other, not so famous domestic leagues require the window to be successful. when the big daddy IPL doesn't get the window, the others never will, and thus wud be hard for them to outdo the IPL.

  • POSTED BY Alistair0610 on | June 13, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    I wish the IPL would just go away. It's just a fantasy league for Indian billionaires.. It's ruining International cricket.

  • POSTED BY meetsudheer on | June 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Its a good decision.. but who knows abt his successor

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    No window in international cricket for a domestic league. There could never be any other answer. The only decision that could be made - has been made. England are lucky that most of the players make a comparable salary to IPL each year (Bell, Swann, Prior, Anderson, Broad, Strauss and Cooke all made more playing for England last year than KP did playing for just IPL - KP of course played for both - and got a lot more) ENd of the day the only reason anyone outside India and Indian ex pats watch IPL is for international stars. If international cricket stops creating stars then no-one outside this group watches or cares about IPL anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I agree with ICC not creating a separate window for IPL but if you have noticed South Africa never play any series when the IPL is going on. All their players are available for entire IPL. Other boards should follow the same routine. Dont just think of IPL as just a money thing. Imagine 1 lac supporters cheering Brett Lee while bowling India's favorite Sachin Tendulkar; that's what IPL brings to you. Saurav Ganguly was supporting Marlon Samuels when his action was questioned by umpires. I guess this is what i like in IPL. Young Indian players looking upto their international heroes & senior international players being role models for juniors.

  • POSTED BY adrianct1971 on | June 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    The only way out of this and if TEST Cricket /Bilateral series are to be of value for host country Sponsors & Spectators along with the cricket followers of visiting teams along with their team sponsors etc is to MAKE it mandatory that any CRICKETER who is selected for the bilateral tour needs to be available 1 week before the tour and be officially released from their league franchises be it IPL, BPL,SLPL or BIG BASH etc. What IPL has done is that they have bought over the respective boards by giving 10% - make this requirement for all leagues and through this include a clause for release of players as well . After all every one wants to see the best players in action when two countries face each other. ICC should act positively with a vision of protecting this great game from private individuals. One did see the dark side of things with STANFORD before long there could be more. Not long ago county & shield cricket was also a form for cricketers to earn but TEST cricket was the THING!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Give BBL or BPL a only 15 days window.these 2 domestic leauge will also be "THE" premiere leuage.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Oh its just a matter of time Mr.Lorgat. If not you, maybe the next chief executive will grant it :)

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 13, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    WHO ASKED YOU FOR WINDOW ? WE DON'T NEED ANY WINDOW . EVEN WITHOUT WINDOW IPL IS GROWING . LIKE THE WINDIES ,NZ PLAYERS WILL ALSO PARTICIPATE IN IPL RATHER THAN PLAYING A TEST SERIES AGAINST ENGLAND WITH HIGH POSSIBILTY OF RAIN WASHOUTS .

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 13, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    What, sensible reasoning from the ICC, I dont believe it....In all fairness once you opened the door for the IPL you would also have to allow other domestic T20 leagues to do the same. Personally I dont see why the IPl cant be held Feb/March or March/April, although there would be a clash with any series in the West Indies.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    This has to happen one day India has a window for IPL, Soon other countries will start choosing tours keeping IPL in mind IPL will become larger & bigger every year...

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Its a real tough situation to be. Maybe boards should try if possible to shift series a bit to June-July window because it contains not much cricket - just Sri Lanka & England and sometimes West Indies hosting series.

  • POSTED BY DDaredevills on | June 13, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    I think they should have one particular window a couple months long for all the leagues. The seasons for all the leagues would go on at the same time and they players can decide where they want to play.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Simple logic and great decision. IPL nor should any such leagues have a seperate window.As said then ICC will have to consider many such leagues which will for sure hamper internation cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    I like it when the article mentioned that if the IPL has a slot than the other T20 leagues will ask for the same thing so in the end the ICC made an excellent decision. The IPL is not helping the Indian Cricket Team anyway in fact they just keep getting worse and 24/7 stay in that T20 mode that's why they lost 8-0 'miserably' to both England and Australia within a year which is a first time in history -_-

  • POSTED BY pulkit10 on | June 13, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    I admire the fact that Mr. Logart is adamant on keeping it fair and square for everyone rather than simply bowing down to the most powerful board - it is a great thing to do. However, it's impossible not to set a window aside for the IPL because it's not likely to hurt the league one bit. It'll always have star players have a go at the reward; instead, it'll end up hurting other forms of international cricket. If Jesse Ryder chooses the IPL over NZ games then why would the NZ viewers want to watch a game with no stars in it? Already test cricket is struggling to attract players and this will worsen it. Face it, fair or not, IPL is THE league and with the backing of BCCI it hardly has any competition in either BBL or BPL so setting aside a window may not be the fairest thing to do but it'll be one in the interest of the game. This path would only make other forms suffer more at the expense of T20 cricket. Sure, it's no barometer for skill but it's certainly a crowd pleaser.

  • POSTED BY AbhijeetC on | June 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    IPL don't need an official window......but can do with unofficial one...;) every cricket board should avoid scheduling matches during IPL time.....simple......

    Don't care about England, they anyway don't have good limited over players anyway....except KP....

    between, I am more interested to see how India will play Australia in 4 match series in March....it will be squeeze.....Aus finish their own tri-series and then rush to play India in 4 tests and then stay in India to play IPL....Hilarious....

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    ICC is right. How could a domestic sort of affair be given official status to the extent that it gets "incorporated" in the schedule? What about giving the same status to leagues being played in Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh?

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Fantastic decision.... i just loved it... Great job Mr. Haroon Lorgat

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 13, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Its not India's loss. BCCI only suggested it so that it does not become a club vs country situation for overseas players!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I like this stance taken by the icc!

    You have to remember, that players like Amla, Cook, Trott, Katich etc will never be given an ipl contract.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    I understand what the ICC is trying to say and its true. But it's just for 2 months. All the IPL is asking is 2 months. As the article itself said that IPL is considered as the biggest and first premier league, a little importance should be given. Plus, when the players itself are not ready to play national matches, then at least for the plkayers you can shift the tours.

  • POSTED BY S.Alis on | June 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I liked ICC stand on this. Open window for one and you have to open it for others. Don't turn cricket into football type leagues. I don't watch these domestic events neither i have plan to.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | June 13, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Really happy to read the report..............There must not be any door for this kind money making tournament...........I really feel amazed how players can choose some league over COUNTRY.......If somebody does so then he must not be considered to play for his country.........Generally this type of things happen mostly in ENG,WI, AUS and NZ teams..........Such a shame..........

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | June 13, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    make ipl short burst knockout comp, it will be more exciting, plus more flexibility to international teams

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | June 13, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    IPL should never have separate window.. International matches are getting affected of this.. also few players are preferring it over their nations.. thats not good for the world cricket & @ cricfin dont play simply.. that may not be the case because cricket can be played all over the year across different countries depending upon the weather conditions there..

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | June 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Its only fair that there is no window for IPL since it is only a form of county cricket - only with more money involved. By having overlapping schedule, countries can learn which player is playing for money and who are the players who take pride in playing for their nation. Also, if IPL is given a special window, countries like Bangladesh, Australia, etc will also want ICC to provide a window for their versions of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    It will happen sooner or later :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    glad to see that at last.. ICC has come up with a logical and neutral decision... creating windows for such domestic leagues will eventually result in death of international matches.

  • POSTED BY CricFin on | June 13, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Oh well BCCI never asked for it.Just do not play when IPL is on.simples.

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  • POSTED BY CricFin on | June 13, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Oh well BCCI never asked for it.Just do not play when IPL is on.simples.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    glad to see that at last.. ICC has come up with a logical and neutral decision... creating windows for such domestic leagues will eventually result in death of international matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    It will happen sooner or later :D

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | June 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Its only fair that there is no window for IPL since it is only a form of county cricket - only with more money involved. By having overlapping schedule, countries can learn which player is playing for money and who are the players who take pride in playing for their nation. Also, if IPL is given a special window, countries like Bangladesh, Australia, etc will also want ICC to provide a window for their versions of IPL.

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | June 13, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    IPL should never have separate window.. International matches are getting affected of this.. also few players are preferring it over their nations.. thats not good for the world cricket & @ cricfin dont play simply.. that may not be the case because cricket can be played all over the year across different countries depending upon the weather conditions there..

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | June 13, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    make ipl short burst knockout comp, it will be more exciting, plus more flexibility to international teams

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | June 13, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Really happy to read the report..............There must not be any door for this kind money making tournament...........I really feel amazed how players can choose some league over COUNTRY.......If somebody does so then he must not be considered to play for his country.........Generally this type of things happen mostly in ENG,WI, AUS and NZ teams..........Such a shame..........

  • POSTED BY S.Alis on | June 13, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    I liked ICC stand on this. Open window for one and you have to open it for others. Don't turn cricket into football type leagues. I don't watch these domestic events neither i have plan to.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    I understand what the ICC is trying to say and its true. But it's just for 2 months. All the IPL is asking is 2 months. As the article itself said that IPL is considered as the biggest and first premier league, a little importance should be given. Plus, when the players itself are not ready to play national matches, then at least for the plkayers you can shift the tours.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I like this stance taken by the icc!

    You have to remember, that players like Amla, Cook, Trott, Katich etc will never be given an ipl contract.