IPL 2014 March 20, 2014

No skipping Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, says BCCI

The BCCI has made it mandatory for all domestic IPL players to appear for their domestic teams in the zonal leagues of the domestic Twenty20 championship rather than joining their franchises for IPL preparations. A circular explaining the decision has been issued to all 27 affiliates of the BCCI.

The five zones will stage their respective Twenty20 league from March 30 to April 5. However, with the IPL set to start in the UAE from April 16, most of the franchises were hoping to get the players assembled for preparatory camps. While the West Zone league will be played in Mumbai from March 30, Central Zone teams will compete in Nagpur from March 31. North, South and East Zone leagues will start in Chandigarh, Vijayawada and Kolkata, respectively from April 1.

"We have informed the affiliates that no player can skip the zonal T20s and join a franchise for IPL preparations instead," Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI's general manager - game development, said.

While the move will bolster the state teams and avoid the IPL overshadowing the domestic T20 league, it will be a setback for the franchises. Following the full auction, most teams will enter the IPL with totally revamped squads. The IPL team coaches were hoping to spend more with the new players ahead of the tournament. "Ideally, we would like players joining us three weeks before the season starts," an IPL team's support staff member said. "But it would be good in a way that the players will be playing competitive games."

The state teams who will make it for the Super League for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, to be played in Mumbai and Rajkot from April 8, will have to do without their IPL players. The top two teams from each zone qualify for the Super League. "Most teams would leave for UAE around a week before the IPL starts, so we can't make it compulsory for the players to play the Super League," Shetty said.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rajesh on March 22, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    It does not make sense asking players not to miss zonal matches and then allowing them to miss knockouts if their team qualifies! It would have been sensible if BCCI had either advanced the schedule of T20 Domestic tournament or started IPL a week later. Strong teams which may manage to enter the knock outs of T20 tournament, will be without their main players in knock outs and will be difficult for them to do well. If a state team is not able to field its strong team in the knockouts then why allow that to happen in zonals in the first place? Teh players should be asked to play the full tournament OR not at all.

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Goo decision...IPL should not intrude on domestic tournaments...however the domestic players might not give 100% to remain fit.

  • Android on March 21, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    good decision by Bcci.,

  • Hitesh on March 20, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    Since IPL is a "domestic" T20 tournament, they should do away with yet another domestic T20 tournament. India is the only country with two domestic T20 tournaments. When will BCCI get it right about giving first class games (therefore Tests) a priority?

  • Aashrith on March 20, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Why is BCCI making it mandatory? This means that some star players have to go to their country instead of the league!!!!!!!!

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