ICC news March 14, 2014

IPL will not expand for eight years

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India have committed to a freeze on the growth of the IPL over the next eight years, promising that the tournament will not expand beyond its current dates or spot in the calendar and so allaying fears that the BCCI would seek to expand the event into an outright competitor to international cricket.

While the BCCI has not formally signed an agreement to keep the IPL at its present size, the Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said "a commitment" had been made. As part of an interview with ESPNcricinfo to be published on Monday, Edwards revealed his concerns that the BCCI intended to "leave world cricket behind" unless a new Members Participation Agreement (MPA) was struck alongside changes to the ICC that better reflected the subcontinental nation's financial contribution.

He paralleled the looming scenario with that which confronted the Australian Cricket Board in the late 1970s, when Kerry Packer whisked away the game's best players to World Series Cricket after the board refused to entertain his desire for exclusive television rights to the game down under.

The limitation of the IPL's size to its current dimensions was a central goal of Edwards' talks with the BCCI president N Srinivasan, which began even before the Woolf Report into ICC governance was tabled in 2012 and immediately rejected by the administrators of numerous nations, including India.

"There was a very real chance that India would have gone on an IPL voyage and left world cricket behind. That was said more than once," Edwards told ESPNcricinfo during the recently completed Newlands Test. "If that had have happened, you were looking down the barrel of a Kerry Packer moment. It would have been easy to say 'they aren't going to do it, they want to play in World Cups', but that was a reality.

"We have a commitment from them that IPL will not change during this eight-year cycle. Dates won't change, the start date won't change and the length of the tournament won't change. They've given us that commitment and that was important to us. IPL is important to them, and to the world of cricket players who make a lot of money out of it, and we didn't want to see it grow. We've also negotiated with India to pay the countries more for their players. We've got good understandings on that, they've been very straightforward and I believe them."

Edwards had not been prepared to call India out on threats to go it alone, instead preferring to find a middle ground that has now been outlined via the ICC resolutions approved across a series of meetings in January and February. Numerous opponents of the resolutions have suggested that the BCCI's bluff should have been called, but Edwards said "second rate international cricket" may have been the outcome.

"Well why would you?" Edwards said. "If you can find a progressive way to improve the place, why would you take that chance, why would you do a Kerry Packer, where the Australian board just said 'bugger off' with the deal. Your guess is as good as mine what might happen. I don't know what would happen, and why would you risk it?

"Why would you risk turning the IPL into a travelling circus that would take all our good cricketers 12 months of the year and leave us with second rate international cricket. It's not a pretty thought. But it's possible, and they know that. Maybe in the end it will still happen one day, but I don't think it will happen in the next eight years."

Despite the progress of the ICC resolutions, which are now being nailed down in greater detail, Edwards revealed that the MPA for the next round of television rights was still to be signed by the BCCI. "India are strong and we've got to recognise that, but what we want them to do is be part of the decision-making process and be in the ICC rather than just turning up and being aggressive, angry and unhappy," he said. "That's where they are, they're unhappy.

"The reality is to this day we still haven't got an MPA signed yet for the next media rights cycle. ICC management has been trying for a year to get it signed and it still isn't. That has to be resolved by this next board meeting. That's one of the building blocks. They've said more than once 'you can have a World Cup but we won't be coming'. We can argue they might come, but will they come to Champions Trophy or a World Twenty20? They might not. I can easily see them not coming."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Chris_P on March 15, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Totally agree with you re: Tests. Anyone with reasonable cricket knowledge who watched the recent test series would have walked away very satisfied. "Give away test cricket". I'm thinking the 91,000 people who turned up day 1 at the recent MCG Test may think differently.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I want to rectfy my error, when i cited Rajat Bhatia's example i didn't mean to thank myself but was refering to the post by @snaidu2010 instead.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @Practical_to change with times, they have no reservations when it comes to using a 21st century phenomena like internet to post there views, why not stick to old practices like posting handwritten letters to newspaper editorials why support DRS ?? why not respect the word of umpires as it was how in old days, why watch Cricket on TV with 20 odd person,exactly my thoguhts, these purists are still stuck in Victoraian age , they are unwilling cameras and facilities like video recording and rewind,pause etc, why not listen to match commentary on radio ?? when they have changed and evolved so much in these matters, then why not embrace all the other changes. how can 45 days of IPL threaten the fabric of intl.cricket, Why not belive the promise BCCI has made to Wally Edwards.

    @Baghels.a , i agree with everthing you said, i coudn't have said it better...domestic cricketers like Rajat Bhatia have a right to exist and shine too, please don't begrudge there chance by questioning IPL.

  • Practical_person on March 15, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    We have a lot of keyboard warriors in this forum. What have the purists done to make their legendary players more money? As long as players can make money and feed their families, format does not matter. Even if IPL is not real cricket so what? Is real cricket providing better livelihood for the majority of the cricketers? Are cricketers expected to be altruists to satisfy the purists' dream if they can't remunerate them? I look forward to hearing other fans' thoughts on this. Cricket has changed and it is time to move on. Cricinfo please publish.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @milepost, we Indian fans don't care one bit if someone follows IPL outside India, perhaps you should because IPL provides more than decent employement to 50 odd Australian players and support staff in your off season,as far TV ratings are concerned a drop of few decimal point is hardly a decline, ratings of first IPL were too high anyways and to maintain it is unrealistic, attendences are full house and jam packed even for afternoon games where fans sit in open stands facing 45 degrees heat, tell me how many watch a Victoria vs NSW shield game ?? not more than 50 i guess. Forget about how many folks watch IPL outside India ,question should be how many people watch any cricket at all outside Indian subcontinent ?? Football is the overwhelming number one sport in England and apart from the posh set hardly anyone watches cricket, while in Australia silly kick and rush Aussie rules and NRL are top two sports and these are facts no one can dispute.

  • milepost on March 15, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    IPL taking over international cricket? Is it April fools day? IPL ratings are dropping from season to season, it's governance is a joke and the format will eventually flop, as fads do. Nobody watches the IPL outside of India so how is it a threat to international cricket?

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    most of ppl comments here are hard core cricket fan,but when u talk to general public ,they want T20,not test or even one day.i think its time let test and one day go and just have t20.its more fun

  • OttawaRocks on March 15, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    The IPL won't expand for 8 years? Haha, the IPL will expand whenever the BCCI feels like it even if it precedes 8 years,

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 14, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    This is a ridiculous and CRAZY article. First of all, the IPL doesn't need to 'expand' beyond the current duration. It's already a 72 game tournament with a span of close to 2 months. Any format of cricket doesn't deserve such a lengthy rope. There needs to be balance. Tests, ODIs and T20s all need a fair share on the cricket calendar. Every set of fans need their own favourite version of cricket for entertainment and drama. Personally, I love T20s and ODIs but also respect test cricket for its history and tradition. So this meeting was uncalled for. Besides, the IPL needs at least a decade to firmly establish itself as a global brand. It's slowly but surely getting there with some necessary house-keeping owing to accountability and transparency.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 14, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    If the IPL ever succeeds to outcompete actual international cricket.... RIP cricket. The best thing to learn is that the Pakistanis (since not alreayd playing), the English, most of the South Africans, and all of the Australians would NEVER succumb to this. It would just end with India being kicked out of international cricket. This may come and hurt true Indian cricket fans on the long term and the IPL would just turn into the ICL after all this

  • Chris_P on March 15, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Totally agree with you re: Tests. Anyone with reasonable cricket knowledge who watched the recent test series would have walked away very satisfied. "Give away test cricket". I'm thinking the 91,000 people who turned up day 1 at the recent MCG Test may think differently.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    I want to rectfy my error, when i cited Rajat Bhatia's example i didn't mean to thank myself but was refering to the post by @snaidu2010 instead.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @Practical_to change with times, they have no reservations when it comes to using a 21st century phenomena like internet to post there views, why not stick to old practices like posting handwritten letters to newspaper editorials why support DRS ?? why not respect the word of umpires as it was how in old days, why watch Cricket on TV with 20 odd person,exactly my thoguhts, these purists are still stuck in Victoraian age , they are unwilling cameras and facilities like video recording and rewind,pause etc, why not listen to match commentary on radio ?? when they have changed and evolved so much in these matters, then why not embrace all the other changes. how can 45 days of IPL threaten the fabric of intl.cricket, Why not belive the promise BCCI has made to Wally Edwards.

    @Baghels.a , i agree with everthing you said, i coudn't have said it better...domestic cricketers like Rajat Bhatia have a right to exist and shine too, please don't begrudge there chance by questioning IPL.

  • Practical_person on March 15, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    We have a lot of keyboard warriors in this forum. What have the purists done to make their legendary players more money? As long as players can make money and feed their families, format does not matter. Even if IPL is not real cricket so what? Is real cricket providing better livelihood for the majority of the cricketers? Are cricketers expected to be altruists to satisfy the purists' dream if they can't remunerate them? I look forward to hearing other fans' thoughts on this. Cricket has changed and it is time to move on. Cricinfo please publish.

  • baghels.a on March 15, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @milepost, we Indian fans don't care one bit if someone follows IPL outside India, perhaps you should because IPL provides more than decent employement to 50 odd Australian players and support staff in your off season,as far TV ratings are concerned a drop of few decimal point is hardly a decline, ratings of first IPL were too high anyways and to maintain it is unrealistic, attendences are full house and jam packed even for afternoon games where fans sit in open stands facing 45 degrees heat, tell me how many watch a Victoria vs NSW shield game ?? not more than 50 i guess. Forget about how many folks watch IPL outside India ,question should be how many people watch any cricket at all outside Indian subcontinent ?? Football is the overwhelming number one sport in England and apart from the posh set hardly anyone watches cricket, while in Australia silly kick and rush Aussie rules and NRL are top two sports and these are facts no one can dispute.

  • milepost on March 15, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    IPL taking over international cricket? Is it April fools day? IPL ratings are dropping from season to season, it's governance is a joke and the format will eventually flop, as fads do. Nobody watches the IPL outside of India so how is it a threat to international cricket?

  • on March 15, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    most of ppl comments here are hard core cricket fan,but when u talk to general public ,they want T20,not test or even one day.i think its time let test and one day go and just have t20.its more fun

  • OttawaRocks on March 15, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    The IPL won't expand for 8 years? Haha, the IPL will expand whenever the BCCI feels like it even if it precedes 8 years,

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 14, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    This is a ridiculous and CRAZY article. First of all, the IPL doesn't need to 'expand' beyond the current duration. It's already a 72 game tournament with a span of close to 2 months. Any format of cricket doesn't deserve such a lengthy rope. There needs to be balance. Tests, ODIs and T20s all need a fair share on the cricket calendar. Every set of fans need their own favourite version of cricket for entertainment and drama. Personally, I love T20s and ODIs but also respect test cricket for its history and tradition. So this meeting was uncalled for. Besides, the IPL needs at least a decade to firmly establish itself as a global brand. It's slowly but surely getting there with some necessary house-keeping owing to accountability and transparency.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 14, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    If the IPL ever succeeds to outcompete actual international cricket.... RIP cricket. The best thing to learn is that the Pakistanis (since not alreayd playing), the English, most of the South Africans, and all of the Australians would NEVER succumb to this. It would just end with India being kicked out of international cricket. This may come and hurt true Indian cricket fans on the long term and the IPL would just turn into the ICL after all this

  • KingOwl on March 14, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    IPL taking over international cricket? That is a fundamentally flawed argument. I think those who believe that do not understand the mentality, especially of Asian people. They are extremely nationalistic. Far more than people in Europe and South America, for instance, which forms the basis for club football. There is a limit we tolerate club cricket (which IPL is, really speaking, despite the big money). We the Asians will end up treating those who pick IPL over country as traitors (and I am not exaggerating). Those who do it will be doomed. No player will dare because they will remain unhappy for ever. And that goes for Indian players too. Even the BCCI officials will not dare. That is why the notion of IPL replacing international cricket is nonsense.

  • Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on March 14, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    People who throng IPL venues are not necessarily avid cricket fans.IPL has had a lot of success drawing many to stadiums who otherwise wouldn't bother with cricket.A couple of crucial factors have contributed to its phenomenal success.One,the nature of T20 cricket.The format is not demanding and good value for money,and perfect for a nation besotted with simple and uncomplicated entertainment.Second,by creating city/region based franchises,the IPL has built on people's loyalties towards their respective cities or states.This is important as it gives the contests a context that people can easily identify with.In a country as large and diverse as India or the USA,state/city/regional loyalty can be a huge thing,even more relevant than national identity which many people have pointed out drives international cricket. IPL has successfully used it to its advantage. With India's domestic viewership continuing to be not very fussy about what's on display IPL will very soon define the game.

  • StarHawk on March 14, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    While I appreciate the concerns of Mr. Edwards, I think he's thinking way too much about the IPL. More than the IPL, I think he should be more worried about t20 leagues springing up all around the world. Even in his own country, there is a T20 league called Big Bash, in case he hasn't heard about it. There's also CPL & BPL which are extremely popular. SLC is trying to get SLPL running again and PCB is trying to create a Pakistan Premier League. ECB & CSA, I'm sure will be thinking of ways to make their own t20 leagues more attractive. Eventually, in a few years, we are going to have a t20 league happening every month of the year. That's the real concern, but I don't know if there is any solution to it. He should be more worried about all these leagues that will cramp the cricket calendar, rather than worrying about IPL becoming the new Kerry Packer.

  • ARad on March 14, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    I don't mind T20/club cricket but here are some truths.

    1. T20 cricket is hardly challenging or satisfying - it rarely provides an opportunity to appreciate sustained excellence of players, e.g., if we only play T20, there may not be another Tendulkar. It hardly allows us to develop a true appreciation of a player or a sustained fan base.

    2. IPL teams, due to player restrictions wrt Indian qualified players do play cricket of inferior quality compared to international cricket.

    3. Even most Indian fans, for whom the event is primarily marketed, do support teams based on regional 'identities' (with few exceptions) so IPL can sustain itself commercially but it is hardly going to play any part in developing cricket outside India - will IPL be better without the 'aura' of Steyn or KP, for example?

    IPL & T20 are like new persons of the opposite sex we've just met. She or he may be alluring but let's be careful before leaving our current long-term partner who may look relatively boring.

  • on March 14, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    @Greatest_Game Thanks for the honesty mate. Yes IPL is better with 8 teams and it should continue this way and it will also ensure quality of the competition undiluted. Hope better sense prevails.

  • snaidu2010 on March 14, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    Its kind of funny when people here talk about NFL and NBA and then say that average players become rich in IPL. For your kind information, I can provide you with huge list of below average / poor players in NFL or NBA who have become super rich. I do think IPL and other forms of cricket can easily co-exist if people just think of it like a domestic competition. The purists might not like it but at the end of the day it makes enough money for BCCI to cover the losses it might incur from Tests. Also provides name and fame for lots of faceless players who have slogged over the years in Ranji and have no chance of making it to the Indian team. So many examples like Pravin tambe, Rajat Bhatia and so on.

  • on March 14, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    Many people here have commented about why cricket cannot be a club game. Its not about it not being a club game but just about limiting the format in which the club game takes over. Football(soccer), NBA and ATP tennis are all the same format very unlike cricket that has different formats. plus the arrangement of IPL and its longevity hurts other formats. now for a sport to grow it cant hurt its other formats. that is the point that ICC is trying to make.Hope cricket in its pure form remains

  • Greatest_Game on March 14, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    The IPL has not harmed cricket. It creates financial opportunities players never had, & pumps billions into world cricket. It works because it is short, sharp, & features most of the best players & biggest names. But, if IPL expansion sucks the life out of international cricket, it will soon become humdrum.

    Cricket's identity - it's "brand image" - is unashamedly nationalistic. We don't just watch cricket, we watch our countries battle it out. At stake is national pride. A player's team identity is career long! (Hence"controversy" about players from 'other nations.')

    The IPL is fascinating because we briefly suspend national identity, declare a truce, & watch our stars play in a unique tournament. To remain unique, the IPL must remain short, sharp & in symbiotic balance with 'inter-national' cricket. The IPL needs international cricket, & international cricket needs a short, sharp, Premier League. India is it's best setting.

    I'm a huge test fan. I'm not Indian. I follow the IPL.

  • KrikIndFan on March 14, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @Vijay, there is no money/popularity/talent/big players/sponsors etc. in basketball across the world, except for NBA.

  • webby71 on March 14, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    If you look at the NBA and NHL in the US, they have attracted the best players in the world, in sports more popular worldwide than cricket. Same with La Liga or the English Premier league. It has actually made the international (country-based) games much more competitive, since everyone's skills have gone up under a higher level of competition. The big issue in the IPL is that the format is not the most popular international format, unlike the other leagues mentioned, and so the skills and competitiveness developed there aren't translating to the intl area. It has also made some mediocre players very rich (Raina, Jadeja come to mind) which is not the meritocracy that typically governs international sport. Nonetheless, IPL and intl cricket should be able to co-exist.

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    I have been watching India play international cricket for 20 years and feel it's time to ditch Intl. cricket completly. I will not be missing the World cup as the profits from the world cup go to the ICC and not India.Atleast with the Ipl the money can be used to benefit Indian sport. Nobody outside the commonwealth cares about the cricket world cup anyway. Missing it won't be a huge loss. Having a profitable domestic league will help the economy more than success in a 130 year old format like test cricket.

  • on March 14, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    IPL is india domestic tournament to develop local talent with the help of foreign pkayers. about test I feel that one team should play 125 overs each max in the first inning and 100 overs in the 2 nd innings max to achieve result or exiting draw in each test match

  • Greatest_Game on March 14, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    @ Posted by Zaheer Hussain believes it is "Time to abandon tests. Playing 5 days without result does not make sense."

    It may not make sense to you, but it has made sense to the cricket world since 1877, and still makes sense to hundreds of millions of fans around the world. No country is forced to play tests. However, there are countries like Ireland that are fighting like crazy to become test playing nations. Many want in, & no country has opted out!

    Any naton that does not want to play test cricket does not have to. The same goes for ODI & T20 cricket. Similarly, fans who don't like test cricket don't have to watch it. That is what is known as a free world! I'm sure you would not like it if T20 & 20/20 cricket was abandoned, and you were told to watch baseball instead!

    The single salient point is that all cricketers want to play test cricket, because the biggest stars in cricket make their names in test cricket. Then they make big money in 20/20 leagues.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    World Cup and club-soccer co-exist. Davis cup & ATP co-exist in tennis. Uber Cup does the same. Same is the case in Golf, Badminton, and many other sports & games...

    Why can't club/franchise/league cricket AND international cricket co-exist? Wally Edwards seems like a practical gentleman; and reading the situation (and potential scenarios) astutely, he, in good faith, is trying to ensure that co-existence. Hope, jingoistic cricket fans don't tear him apart.

  • on March 14, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    @KrikIndFan - I don't think NBA has killed the basketball across the world.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    I feel Tests should be of 85 overs n we shall see a result in every match.T 20 is here to stay whether we like it or not.With the number of matches being played I ffel the career of players will not last more than 10 years. moizel.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Did BCCI arm twist any Country or Player or Fan or Sponsor or Media to make IPL a success? BCCI saw an opportunity and was smart enough to seize it. IPL is not a fad or a joke. Its a full developed product. It is a cash cow and it has broad base of loyal consumers. I love Test cricket and mad enough to stay up all night to watch a India-NZ Test but I also love the IPL. Has IPL damaged India cricket? ofcourse not, India still lost many overseas series pre IPL. It has only helped Indian cricket by giving a global platform to so many young players. How many A tours will BCCI need to organise to give the same amount of exposure as IPL gives. BCCI is being shrewd here by committing to 8 years and its actually in their best interests not to expand IPL. In 8 years time, world cricket would have moved further away from conventional cricket towards T20 making the IPL much bigger than it is today. Then BCCI would be in a much stronger position to pose a threat to World Cricket.

  • Brahams on March 14, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    @Dave Brown - You are in denial, aren't you?

    The truth of the matter is that India has a HUGE market - so it does not care whether anyone from Buckingham palace or Bermuda or Bangladesh is watching it. Seriously, who is watching American football, baseball et al other than the Americans (or the wannabees)?

    I see an almost identical situation in India. IPL/India can thrive on its own. All it needs is a strong domestic market. What is worse - depending on one's perspective - is that it will just suck in good players from other countries.

    Make no mistake about this - IPL can (and possibly will) expand in the future - they can easily add teams from UK, Australia, and boot the other pretender leagues into oblivion. So the domestic cricket in Oz, UK and other countries would serve as a 'pipeline' for IPL in the future.

    Having brought up on a diet of nation competitions, I would love to see this system continue - however, my wishes are against the mighty forces of economics and reason.

  • baghels.a on March 14, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @AH-USA, i never compared IPL and English premier league on the basis of quality or global popularity, all i said was Cricket is a unique sports since it is historically based on country v/s country unlike other major professional sports which are club based, even Rugby Union has moved towards club way.I was highliting the fact there are many deserving cricketers who for some reasons are never selected for there national teams and that is where high profile league like the IPL,BBL and even CPL which has revived popularity of cricket in WI comes in as it proveds them with recognisition,reward and motivation to keep playing the game .Cricket is a very parochial sports as fan only likes to see it's countrymen in action unlike football which is much more global in it's outlook.Although when Pakistani player were allowed in IPL i know for a fact that it was a big hit in Pakistan ratings wise, similary more SL and BD players play interest in those countries are raised.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Time to abandon tests. Playing 5 days without result does not make sense. Initially, I was skeptical about T20 but when I watched it, nothing beats its excitement. Four hours of game time is ideal. Otherwise, McCullums will score triple hundreds to draw the match and claim victory. If they still want to continue with tests, then the least they can do is to end the "draw" result. May be use D/L in the test match. Or make tests 5 innings of 50 overs. Otherwise tests are just statistics where the players take pride in double and triple hundreds. Sooner or later the tests will die. Already the number of tests played in a series has gone down.

  • inswing on March 14, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    This is a good development. What is needed, however, it more international T20 matches. T20 will be a major part of the future of cricket, like it or not. More 3-Test series (instead of 5 Test ones), more T20Is, and fewer ODIs will provide a good balance. On a side note, IPL will not "expand" in terms of the dates, but can it expand in terms of the number of teams and matches played? I believe they could add a team, which would result in more matches being played, but all within the current time frame. The IPL does need more teams and more matches.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    IPL is not going to kill International Cricket. Instead it has given opportunities to the youngsters. Test match is the real cricket & we have seen ODI being played for the last 40 years or so, same is with T20. But yes few suggestions to BCCI, just shorten the duration of tournament & allow at least 1 bowler to bowl max 5 overs.

  • AH_USA on March 14, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    @KrikIndFan: You just made a lot of assumptions in a few sentences.

  • KrikIndFan on March 14, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    I can't imagine if what is feared does happen. India will be the only country to be looked upon as a cricketing nation, bigges like Aus, Eng, SA will give in just to be a part of Indian leagues, minnows like Netherland, UAE, Afghanistan etc. will probably stop playing and watching cricket and last but not least Pak, SL, BD , man you will be sooooo sorry. That is not what many fans want cricket to go, but on the other hand it will be a gold mine for BCCI, India and their fans. Its an exiting but a scary thought.

  • waqas-mazhar on March 14, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    stupid time wasting contests of IPL......

  • on March 14, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I see IPL becoming like NBA or NFL. Indians might even call it world championship. Of course basketball is played on a national basis but NBA dominates and overwhelms the sport. The younger generation in India are not test cricket fans look at the stands and busy life style does not allow a day spend doing nothing . I believe IPL will consume the game with maybe an ashes being played or some bilateral games here and there. The money the game generates comes out of India and IPL will suck more and more of it

  • on March 14, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    I for one think that even though many cricketers are benefitting from ipl and ipl has become popular....if international cricket is killed off...then in about 12-15 years all u will see is rookie players playing ipl....which wont be too much fun for anyone....eventually will kill cricket completely..

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on March 14, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    @AH_USA ...Cant believe you still want 5 day matches...How do you get time to watch being in US. I dont.... Whats the point of having 5 day matches if nobody is watching!?

  • AH_USA on March 14, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    Comparison of IPL to football leagues, like the Barclay's English Premier League, is not a fair one. The quality of games played in the football leagues is far more higher than those played in the IPL. Unlike the IPL, these football leagues attract viewers from all over the globe and not just from one country. Most importantly, unlike Cricket, the original format of the game has not been tinkered with in these football leagues. There is no bias against any country on political grounds either and all players are welcome. There is a day and night difference in the way the football leagues are organized and the IPL.

  • ramz30380 on March 14, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @bllas Since you mentioned ur not an Indian, its best not to comment on a nation's unity in diversity if you dont know about it! How do you know that we Indians arent a unit? We have diff languages and diff cultures and yet we stand strong together! When we travel, trust me I have a fair share of traveling abroad and living in a few countries u mentioned - we always say that we are Indians!

    If we are obsessed about our respective states and regions - let me tell you this is Franchise cricket where one state player, plays for anothter state - MSD- he is from the eastern region and shud have technically played for KKR but he plays for CSK, Kohli is from Delhi he leads RCB, Gambhir is frm Delhi he leads KKR, Dinesh Karthik is from Chennai - 1st MI & now Delhi, Dravid is frm Banglore but played for Rajastan.....

    IPL is a hit because India is populated & cricket happens to be the fav sport in the country! Moreover the way it is advertised & promoted is way beyond wht other Leagues!

  • ThreePIllarTales on March 14, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    All Packer did was to pay the players a proper wage but that only lasted so long as the ultimate driving force is to play for your country. Too much IPL will kill itself once the indian public and its sportsmen seek national substance. That's what happened to World Series Cricket in Australia when it could not recruit enough young talent to replace the old guys.

  • on March 14, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    People thinking that IPL will go away sometime in the future are so wrong. Who in the right frame of mind will stop this mammoth income for everyone involved. Indian fans might ask for International games but it will be no more then a facebook or any other forum. IPL will swallow world cricket in about 10 years time. Read the MPA part again.

  • on March 14, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    So the Agreement is not signed but Wally Edwards believes the BCCI will stick to the verbal Agreement to keep the IPL as it is for another eight years. To araphrase the Duke of Wellington "if you believe that, you'll believe anything".

  • AH_USA on March 14, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Test cricket has been the source where all legends came from. I can't think of any player who came out of the shorter format of the game and has had the level of impact in comparison to those who came out of the longer format.

  • riprock on March 14, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Cricket unlike soccer has the option of formats and flexing their balance appropriately. Weighing up the appetite of fans may be critical..and also designating each format according to the response. T20 assures entertainment and test cricket has its own history. For eg: A decade down the line..how about IPL expanded to like five months of a year, with two WC's and Champions trophy to fill up for int'l limited overs cricket, and the top five Test teams battling home and away in the remaining months. With the luxury of financial resources and passionate fans, it only depends on how audaciously the BCCI can exercise its control in shaping world cricket and take the opportunity to go down in the realms of sport history with some bold ideologies and possibly colossal accomplishments.

  • bllas on March 14, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    You really think they will board. I don't think so. I don't know much about Indians since I'm not an Indian. However what i understood about them is they never think like India as an unit. That's why IPL is more popular. If you see any other country couldn't attract peoples to premier league as India. becasue they alwways want to win their states. And IPL increases that GAP. I'll give you an example. you from British where are you from ? he will say I'm British, Australian ? will say Austrailian ? Bangladeshi ? will say bangladehy ? Sri Lankan ? will say Sri Lankan. But from Indian ? Mumbai, Delhi , Bangalore, Kerala , Chennai, Thamilandu etc... . Believe me they never get boared

  • yoohoo on March 14, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    @Dave Brown - That's because the BCCI has not tried to expand the IPL, and has instead kept it within india. What is stopping them from adding more teams? Like a Melbourne Melons or something, and with indian firms dishing out the money, it will quickly overshadow any of the second rate T20 championships like Big Bash or BPL.

    A lot of people here with a 'frog-in-the-well' attitude. Don't underestimate the businessmen, they know what they are doing. I remember how people said IPL would die in 2-3yrs in India. It is now into its seventh year and getting stronger every year. The new generation of Indians are growing up watching IPL in their summer vacations. They are all hooked, and most of the night games are fully packed in the stadiums. The ticket prices are double that of test matches, yet IPL gets full crowds and test don't.

  • cricketlover4ever on March 14, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Mr. know it all. Let India Go, Let them be the champion in the own back yard. IPL will become nothing but circus and people of india who love cricket will be begging to play international teams. By the way it is you guys who let this beast get this big and now afraid that it is going to bite while you are feeding it.

  • on March 14, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    And there would be the day when indian people will get bored of IPL and the trp will be very low and sponsors will back off.. This will happen.. Its not soccer, its cricket.. Its spectators want their national team to win and thats how it has been for 2 centuries.. This IPL and league stuff has no spirit.. Its a bore thing in the long run..

  • YorkshirePudding on March 14, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @smudgeon, I agree, the beauty of test cricket is that you can have an appauling session as a fielding/batting team and yet turn it round in the next sessions. how many times have we seen a team 40-4 and still post a competative score, or a team being 200-1 only to be bowled out for 350 or less.

    In ODI and more so in T20 cricket once you only need to have a bad couple of overs and the game can be out of reach.

    I also agree that test cricket isnt dead, most games in England against top teams are oversubscribed, especially in London, in the provinces not so much but it can be difficult to get tickets for friday's and saturday's.

  • on March 14, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Ok everyone knows india is super power in cricket by audience but i am sure all the indian team supporter wants to see them playing against the likes of Australia, South Africa , Pakistan , England and all other international sides they have big IPL but they don't want to see all cities playing each other 12 months every year it will get boring for indians they should consider the future of cricket and they should co operate and work with other countries as well money can't buy everything and BCCI and its managment should try to walk with the whole world.

  • 11_Warrior on March 14, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Oh realy, in that case your not eligible to get a chance in Indian Team. Ishwar Pandey was in great form last year, but Indian team management is waiting so that he is out of his prime. Same is the case with Rishi Dhavan. Don't worry, get rid of THIS FORM and you will be in the Indian Team again.

  • Green_and_Gold on March 14, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    I love my country, love cricket, love watching new talent come in and making a big impact on the game over their career. I hate how our selectors went through about 15 spinners before finally sticking by one since the retirement of a legend but i love that i care. I just dont have that same emotional bond to local level cricket where the franchises are based overseas - IPL is nice to watch but there are no legends born there. I understand the commercials that it offers and can see why players want to play there, i also dont have any issues with that - i do have issues where players then dont become available to play for their national or state sides and thats mostly due to nationalism and the point that the national/state sides house the infrastructure to create these good cricketers in the first place.

  • smudgeon on March 14, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    As an aside, I don't get these pronouncements from arm-chair experts that Test cricket is dead. The recent NZ-Ind Test had some moments of great drama and tension. SA-Aus was Test cricket at it's best. SA-Ind (when it finally happened) was likewise a brilliant, although far too short, series. Last December, we saw the highest recorded crowd for a single day's Test cricket. And in the last 10 years since T20 has been a force, I have still seen so much great Test cricket played. True, there have been some boring draws and imbalanced contests, but they've always been around (and in every sport, IMO). But for every article about Test cricket, I see a lot of comments from people who are deeply interested in the subtleties and complexity of the longest format, some great debates take place among passionate fans (in amongst the dross, true), and there is plenty of fierce rivalry. Test cricket is far from dead, despite the declarations of the noisy few.

  • Harlequin. on March 14, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    I'd have said let them go.

    Yes there would have been a few players who would have turned their backs on their countries but I reckon most would have stayed at home for the chance to win world cups and play test matches. A few more may have popped across in their twilight years for a retirement cheque, but only after finishing their proper cricket career.

  • baghels.a on March 14, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Most popular sport in the world Foootball is based on club football and so are the American pro sports, then why cricket is still based mostly on country vs country clashes ?? most top professional sports at a time provide employment and global exposure to 500-600 players at a time, while a national team is only limited to 15 odd players, so why deprive rest of hundreds of cricketers who don't get selected ?? domestic first class sides in cricket are treated as mere feeders to national team hence you get such low turnouts world over when these F/C sides play each other.As an Indian only reason i support IPL is because it provies domestic uncapped India players with a platform to get some recognition and appreciation and offcourse money, if you don't like T20 i suggest lets start with both 50 over and test leagues where in a club can have 6 or 7 domestic players with rest internationals , this way many cricketers from associate nations can realise there dream of playing test cricket.

  • on March 14, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Certainly IPL has harmed Indian Cricket and also world cricket. players not playing for their Nation such as Malinga. its A MONEY DRIVEN CONCEPT and NOT a version helping the sport. yes it might be helping in attracting new crowds but T20 cricket is not what the game is about. there is MUCH MORE SKILL and Patience in the game. people enjoy T20 no doubt even I do.n yes T20 is good but the extent to which it happens in IPL.. that is not good. look at india for that mater 2 months out of 12 they dont play International cricket because of the IPL. and then they perform below standards specially in away tours and then blame the game for its hectic routine and modified rules. That is RUBBISH! Yes IPL is the game of this generation and certainly cannot be called off completely. but there needs to be a balance otherwise BCCI as it already has been will continue dominating cricket but NOT in the right way. ICC's concern is for the good of the game but BCCI is just for MONEY. Long live the game

  • on March 14, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    It hasn't ruined the game. It's just that nobody cares. Nobody even talks about the games where I live, they're not telecast. It's not just a case of which format you like, it's that the ipl is a local competition - not many people I mix with could even name many o the teams. The only danger to cricket will be if they try to expand the window too much and control the players too tightly, so that we won't see them at all - at present, the IPL to me is just cricket's off season, like we had growing up. The most I see of it is scrolling past the articles on here to get to more interesting things.

  • Practical_person on March 14, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Most foreign players will choose money over country just like many people choose to live in western countries over South Asia. If a player can make over 3 weeks of cricket - why would they choose international cricket which is more intense. I believe CA averted a massive storm here. What stops BCCI from earmarking the best talent across the world and make them mercenaries to play in IPL? In some ways I feel IPL is better, it gives players more money and they can use it for their family. Please publish! Edwards is not silly. In 8 years cricket will go football's way. Already players are demanding a separate window for IPL.

  • xtrafalgarx on March 14, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Making deals based on morals with India is like making a deal with the devil. At some point, it will end in tears and the promise will be broken. That's the scary thing about having India in charge!

  • dunger.bob on March 14, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    @ Udendra: I don't think it's the IPL they're worried about. It's what it may spawn. A travelling all singing all dancing road-show buying up all the players. They wouldn't even have to give them any game time. Just buying their loyalty is enough.

  • Farnoosh on March 14, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    People have to get used to the idea that IPL is here to stay. People born in 80s were "ruined" by ODI so similarly people born in 2000s will be "ruined" by IPL/T20. Change in part of life and it's better to accept it. If you can't then nobody is stopping you from from starting a "Test League". And also do realize that all the western influence is on the wane. People should be ready to face a powerful and vocal India for the rest of their lives. CA & ECB were the first to recognize this fact and they have taken a sensible path of coordinating with BCCI and they will bear the fruits!!

  • Le_Jeu on March 14, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Hmmm.. If Edwards is to be believed that BCCI was threatening an IPL overdose; not the most sound decision on his part to trust Srinivasan for as long a period as 8 years. Given the fact that he will probably be re-elected as BCCI President at every election henceforth. A confrontation has seemingly been avoided for 8 years (although I am sure it will be much before that); better to have had it right now though.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on March 14, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    It's quite funny to see Wally giving these comments as if he calls the shots and has some sort of authority over BCCI. Really humoured my day! :))

  • Sachinist123 on March 14, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Indian cricket was destroyed the day IPL started. Now it has destroyed International cricket too!! The only way to watch some good cricket(read TEST CRICKET) is to watch old videos!!

  • PrasPunter on March 14, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    "India could have gone their own way and left world cricket behind, " - What a great prospect that would have been for the well-being of the game !! Unfortunate that it is yet to happen !!

  • bonaku on March 14, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Have to agree, 8year is one big 800 years in Indian time. I hope they will keep up the word. 8 team is good IPL tournament.

  • on March 14, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    The farce intensifies.

    India has been very sneaky in pushing for world domination in saying CA and ECB should get more rights as well, meaning they will have them by the short and curlies too.

    What is amazing as well is that Srinivasan's trumped-up bull against Lorgat has been thrown out after the ICC's investigation, but nothing will come of it Srinivasan may continue to be a mafia boss.

    That is wat this is becoming - the BCCI Mafia family.

  • shayd on March 14, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    I see a lot of bitter pakistanis being critical. Haha! What good have they ever done to Cricket? IPL, on the other hand is a showcase of the best cricketing talent around the world. And they say "already ruined the game". Laughable!

  • on March 14, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    This is total b.s. growth should never be stopped... IPL is india's problem ICC shouldn't be in it. They need to think more on cricket on whole than IPL. Look at FIFA... this whole thing of 8 year no span etc is so stupid... Not trying to create seen here but someone just don't like IPL!!!! Don't have to names name... it just needs to be understood

  • on March 14, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I can imagine lots of criticism will come but I know Indian board wouldn't let go of the right to play international and not playing World Cups?? Indian public will go out in streets and cause road blocks all over India. Please it's all bluff and I am glad they fell for it because India does need to get more revenue in return as we bring in 80 percent. That's ridiculous. Others should help out more then that.

  • IndianEagle on March 14, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    ipl need atleast 12 teams and 2month long duration MINIMUM.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on March 14, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    They would have probably gone an IPL voyage, only because that's the place where their flat-track bullies can dictate terms.

  • vipinchirackal on March 14, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    cricket players doesnt get crores as transfer fee as football players.so if they want to continue or we need budding players we have to ensure the flow of money into cricket.IPL is the only option for that for the time being.so it has to goon like this along with other cricketing tournament.

  • Udendra on March 14, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    So let them go. after all, an IPL match will feature only 8 international players maximum. If not for them, IPL won't be attractive at all!

  • cricketIsGreat on March 14, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Believing India ?? Are you kidding me?

  • on March 14, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    They have already ruined the game, let's see where will India leads you now

  • Zahidsaltin on March 14, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Empty excuses from Cricket Australia. Had all other big nations, Aus, England, SA, Pakistan and SL stood firm to the principals, india could not have gone anywhere. Value of IPL is only intact until India is a part of world cricket. Does Edward really think, people of india could do it without international arena? And yes international cricket could very well be sound without indian money. And the big players could not sustain just playing IPL for long.

  • on March 14, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Eight years are eight light years for India. They will change 8 million times. Come on! Asta Varshika Yojana will not work in India!

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  • on March 14, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Eight years are eight light years for India. They will change 8 million times. Come on! Asta Varshika Yojana will not work in India!

  • Zahidsaltin on March 14, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Empty excuses from Cricket Australia. Had all other big nations, Aus, England, SA, Pakistan and SL stood firm to the principals, india could not have gone anywhere. Value of IPL is only intact until India is a part of world cricket. Does Edward really think, people of india could do it without international arena? And yes international cricket could very well be sound without indian money. And the big players could not sustain just playing IPL for long.

  • on March 14, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    They have already ruined the game, let's see where will India leads you now

  • cricketIsGreat on March 14, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Believing India ?? Are you kidding me?

  • Udendra on March 14, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    So let them go. after all, an IPL match will feature only 8 international players maximum. If not for them, IPL won't be attractive at all!

  • vipinchirackal on March 14, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    cricket players doesnt get crores as transfer fee as football players.so if they want to continue or we need budding players we have to ensure the flow of money into cricket.IPL is the only option for that for the time being.so it has to goon like this along with other cricketing tournament.

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on March 14, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    They would have probably gone an IPL voyage, only because that's the place where their flat-track bullies can dictate terms.

  • IndianEagle on March 14, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    ipl need atleast 12 teams and 2month long duration MINIMUM.

  • on March 14, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I can imagine lots of criticism will come but I know Indian board wouldn't let go of the right to play international and not playing World Cups?? Indian public will go out in streets and cause road blocks all over India. Please it's all bluff and I am glad they fell for it because India does need to get more revenue in return as we bring in 80 percent. That's ridiculous. Others should help out more then that.

  • on March 14, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    This is total b.s. growth should never be stopped... IPL is india's problem ICC shouldn't be in it. They need to think more on cricket on whole than IPL. Look at FIFA... this whole thing of 8 year no span etc is so stupid... Not trying to create seen here but someone just don't like IPL!!!! Don't have to names name... it just needs to be understood