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Modi says BCCI couldn't help IPL scheduling

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September 9, 2011

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Lalit Modi, the former IPL commissioner, has said there was nothing much the BCCI could do about staging the Twenty20 tournament immediately after the 2011 World Cup and that the problem could recur every time there is a World Cup.

The Indian board came under scrutiny for their scheduling of the IPL, with some pointing to an overload of cricket as the reason for India's poor performance and the numerous injuries on the tour of England. Modi said the volume of cricket being played was the reason for India's poor results, but said the board couldn't help hosting the IPL in April-May, since that was usually the end of India's season.

"The IPL is a long tournament without doubt," Modi told ESPNcricinfo at The Oval, where he was watching the third ODI between England and India. "It is scheduled in the Indian summer during April and May. Usually the IPL takes place at the end of the season so the boys should be able to go out there and play and have a good time. That was the original idea. But this year had a World Cup and having a competitive tour like England became an issue. It could be a problem every World Cup year.

"There is too much cricket in the calendar. The boys had put a lot into the World Cup to win it. They were tired. I have always said players need to rest when they think they need it. Everybody can't play every game. You need to be able to choose what you need to play. That seems to be a big problem."

Some analysts reckon that India slipping down the ICC rankings in Tests and ODIs could have a negative impact on the IPL, causing the sponsors and marketing men to re-evaluate the tournament's value. Modi did not agree. "I don't think there is an impact. The IPL brand is well established."

He also pointed out the advantages Indian cricket has reaped because of the tournament. "The IPL has brought in a lot of good cricketers. If you look at India's standing in the ICC rankings before the IPL and three years later, you can see the IPL has been a positive influence. Look at the number of players that have gained national recognition because of the IPL."

Modi is currently living in England, and has had his passport revoked by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office. He is currently facing legal proceedings against him from the BCCI and the Chennai Police over alleged misappropriations of IPL funds, and India's Enforcement Directorate over potential foreign exchange violations related to the second season of the IPL in South Africa.

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Posted by   on (September 11, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

all those complaining about IPL then just dont watch it!! IPL is cool! ppl love watching it for entertainment in this ever busy world!! and there is nothing patriotic about playing for india! IF PATRIOTIC then go and join the army where they risk their lives for our safety and we dont even care about them but rather complain bout players! cricket is a game so enjoy it! it players wish wat they want to focus! either money(ipl) or glory(country) or both. there is nothing wrong in it! prove me wrong?? we need entertainment thats it!! i just hope cricket becomes like foot ball!! like haivg IPL FOR ALMOST 8 MONTHS and 4 months off!! and inbetween few International matching like football premier league! STOP COMPLAINING GUYS!

Posted by Nutcutlet on (September 10, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

@VICKY62 - both you and Mr Modi couldn't be more wrong unless you are only concerned with India's performance in the shortest - and least skilful form of the game: T20. If you are concerned with India producing cricketers able to perform at test level, then you would be well advised to keep young players who have the necessary make-up to become test cricketers well away from the skill-set required for T20. Bowlers, for example, do not learn to bowl line and length in T20. Instead, they learn to deny run-scoring opportunities. Wickets are required to win test matches, but not T20s. Put it this another way, if you want to train an athlete to win a 1500 m race do you give him the build and speed of a 100m specialist? this is a rough-n-ready analogy but I hope you can grab the point. There is ultimately a case for developing specialists in both forms of the game, but don't think that skills from one transfer to the other! Keep them apart, or watch Indian cricket suffer an identity crisis!

Posted by Chetan007 on (September 10, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

Either have a short IPL in world cup years or having a series less in the year to give Indian players proper rest. I would more prefer if Indian Cricket board become more professional and have a two/three team each one for Test, ODI and T20. Also having rotation policy, to give rest to senior players. Also, India A and India B side should more given a chance to play with England, Australia and South African teams. BCCI also needs to establish proper coaching staff in the country. Former player must be involved in that. Like Kapil Dev, one of the finest baller India ever had should give training to bowlers at U-19 level to make their basic strong. Even Venkatesh Prasad or Srinath were good for the job. Same for spinners and batsman. More importantly, please build some peaches to practice before leaving to foreign. This will surely help Indian performance outside. I'm not asking to change pitches across the country. But in National Academy build these to practise a lot before leaving.

Posted by mdino on (September 10, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

I do agree that IPL brought many players in light, but at the same time, IPL tournament only gave injuries to Indian players, which affected India's Int'l tours, result we have seen in England. Further, IPL cannot make the quality player for the game of Test! BCCI must keep their name by keeping control over IPL.

Posted by thestunner316_15 on (September 10, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

IPL has thrown up fresh talent??? where? where? where? I ddint see any real "Talent" coming up... Raina was already part of indian team before IPL, Yousuf hasnt done much, i cant seem to remember any other names... and why dont we consider the players who shone in IPL and came into indian team... Gony, Dinda, Naman Ojha, Vinay Kumar.. All were fairly useless... The only guy who can probably think of is Ashvin, but even he is fairly new... It has helped foreign players more than us for sure, just ask Watson, Marsh, Rusty Theron... People who are doing well in IPL, were already well established for their national sides... I absolutely disagree with a lot of people saying IPL has thrown up fresh talent.. It has so far in 4 yrs thrown fresh garbage...

Posted by VICKY62 on (September 10, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Mr. Modi is absolutely right! The IPL has thrown up fresh talent, which will serve Indian cricket for a long time to come. And there is no way the attraction of IPL is going to wane, even if India continues to slip down the rankings. IPL is the ideal breeding ground for young cricketers in India.

Posted by RAVI_BOPARA on (September 10, 2011, 8:37 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 5:26 GMT)

How about having no IPL in the World cup year?

Posted by sg05 on (September 10, 2011, 3:58 GMT)

very very very lenthy ipl

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 10, 2011, 3:24 GMT)

Beyond all this BCCI should prepare at least one pitch each similar to toughest pitch of England, Australia, NZ, SA & SL respectively. IPL is good for Indian Cricket as well as World Cricket as it is reviving careers of Watsons, Rainas, Ojhas, Jadejas, Pathans, Marshs as well as giving some financial security to retiring players Gilchrists, Warnes, Gangulys (altogether these great players given back more to IPL). BCCI has done a lot good things in the past and can do few more by using its financial power to provide its young players way to play short ball and to do fastest bowling NOT AFTER GROWN UP but while growing up. They can keep track of players performance on different types of pitches and later on select best fitting and in form player for each condition and each format and should not rely on just 15 players to play in each format around the season and to be IPL Poster Boys

Posted by mensan on (September 10, 2011, 3:10 GMT)

problem is not length of IPL actually. problem is the money it gives to cricketers which has changed their attitude towards national duty.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 10, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

@sudhirrao is very correct in saying top senior players should be allowed for 7 initial+knock out IPL matches but i would add they should be reduced to 70% of their international commitment, further when playing outside country tour squad size can be increased to balance the burden, make compulsory rotation in every series and most importantly should always include all eligible players in squad NOT JUST FEW PLAYERS and FEW TOURISTS

Posted by sudhirrao on (September 9, 2011, 22:59 GMT)

What about a cap of say 50% of matches for Indian Test/ODI squads? The franchise decides which matches they play. So if Mumbai Indians have 14 matches, Sachin gets to play only 7. Or Gambhir plays only 7 for KKR

Posted by sifter132 on (September 9, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

"There is too much cricket in the calendar" Couldn't have said it better Lalit. Perhaps a shorter IPL???? Does it really need to be 2 months long? Why not have the teams just play each other once: 10 teams = 45 games + whatever finals you want to have. That's much better than 70+ games.

Posted by zico123 on (September 9, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

IPL is a huge problem, it needs to cut down on pay scale and it needs to cut down to 2 week event at most.

Posted by Yevghenny on (September 9, 2011, 20:15 GMT)

the answer is for their test team to pull out and prepare properly. It is difficult for them to make players like Tendulkar stop playing in the IPL, but it is a question of priorities between test match supremacy and IPL - which one do you really want?

Posted by SagirParkar on (September 9, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

if not the scheduling, then the BCCI could have done better by having two matches daily and thus shortening the duration of the tournament.. no matter what Modi says, there were plenty of things the BCCI could have done to ensure player's workload management !

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