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May 30, 2008
Sharad Pawar, the Indian board president, has ruled out the possibility of executing Lalit Modi's idea of two IPL tournaments a year, saying the ICC calendar offers no such scope.
"We have just got one window from the ICC per year," Pawar said in a television interview. "The calendar is ready for next seven years, so there is no scope." Modi, the IPL commissioner, had earlier proposed two editions of the league from 2011.
The idea is not very popular with players as well. While Rahul Dravid, the Bangalore Royal Challengers captain, said it was a "difficult" proposition and that he would hate to see a dilution of Test cricket to fit in Twenty20 games, Virender Sehwag, the captain of the Delhi Daredevils, who have qualified for the IPL semi-finals, felt two tournaments a year may trigger premature retirements.
However IPL organisers are working with other national boards to see if a Champions League - involving the top two domestic Twenty20 teams from five countries - can be played later this year.
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