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IPL revises terms for overseas players

Ajay S Shankar

November 16, 2009

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IPL commissioner Lalit Modi watches the game, England v India, ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights, Lord's, June 14, 2009
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The IPL has initiated steps to ensure that all cricketers who have been contracted by its franchises are available to play for the entire season from next year, except those with international commitments. This effectively means that these contracted players, and their national boards, will have to put the IPL ahead of their domestic commitments.

A press release issued on Monday said that in case of a default, the IPL will impose penalties on such players, including termination of player contracts and a ban on future participation, although Lalit Modi, the league's chairman, told Cricinfo that this would only happen in a worst-case scenario.

In what can be seen as a two-pronged deterrent, the IPL, which is owned by BCCI, will also ask the governing council of the Champions League Twenty20, comprising senior officials from India, Australia and South Africa, to take "appropriate action" against participating national boards in that tournament if they don't issue an IPL clearance for their players citing domestic commitments as a reason. While an IPL ban will affect players directly, any sanction on participating in the Champions League will impact the national board, which gets a share of the money from the organisers apart from an appearance fee for its competing domestic team.

However, the IPL said that this move does not cover players with international commitments and those who will play in matches scheduled under the ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP) during the tournament. These decisions were finalised during the league's workshop in Bangkok last week to ensure that the IPL franchises get their best players, who have been paid huge amounts by the teams, to be part of the league.

Expansion opposed

  • The IPL has confirmed its previous decision to expand to 10 teams from 2011, but the move was opposed during the recent Bangkok workshop by one franchise, believed to be Chennai Super Kings. "A discussion for the addition of two new franchises in Season 4 was held with the same being adopted with 7 of the 8 franchises being in favour of increasing the number of teams to 10," an IPL statement said. The Chennai franchise, owned by N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, is apparently concerned that the addition of teams would impact the value of existing franchises, and cut into their share of the central sponsorship pie that includes a billion-dollar TV rights deal. It will also necessitate a fresh auction of all players before the fourth season. But an IPL official said that the addition of more teams would add more money to the pool in terms of franchise purchase fee, which is expected to run into millions of dollars.

"The IPL will work with all the cricket boards to ensure that cricketers contracted with the eight franchises are available for the season," Modi told Cricinfo. "The IPL 2010 season is in March-April, when a lot of domestic domestic tournaments will still be on. This is a one-off situation. A worst-case scenario could mean penalties on such players (who skip IPL matches citing domestic commitments), including termination of contracts, jeopardising future participation. However, we do not want to walk that path and are hopeful that we can sort this through discussions with the boards."

The next IPL will be held from March 12 to April 25, instead of the usual April-May slot, to avoid a clash with the ICC World Twenty20 that starts soon after. However, this advanced IPL schedule clashes with the Australian domestic season, which ends on March 23, and the South African season that ends on March 28. Players from both these countries are among the most sought-after in the Indian league. The Australian cricketers will then be busy with the New Zealand series that ends on March 31.

Apparently, the IPL wants to adopt the model of the Champions League Twenty20, which ensured that the best players from the top domestic teams from the seven participating countries (India, Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand) were available for the multi-nation club tournament. "Given that this was also the founding principle of the Champions League Twenty20, it was agreed that in the event any of the member boards not issuing an NOC to their players for participation in the IPL, on the pretext of domestic engagements, IPL could make a representation to the governing council of the Champions League for taking appropriate action against the members boards' participation in the League," the IPL release stated.

The BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa are founding partners of the Champions League and its governing council comprises Lalit Modi, its chairman, Niranjan Shah, its vice-chairman, N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, Dean Kino, CA's business and legal affairs head, and Gerald Majola, CSA's chief executive.

The IPL press release added that the measures discussed at the workshop in case of a no-show by the players include "termination of player contracts and barring from future participation in the IPL, of players that have signed contracts, but fail to make themselves available for playing in the IPL.

"This will exclude any instances wherein players would have international and FTP commitments and was aimed at ensuring that players make themselves available for the IPL post their FTP commitments, especially, since such players would have already received a player release to play in the IPL from their respective boards."

Ajay Shankar is a deputy editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by raj_gy on (November 19, 2009, 21:17 GMT)

what does modi and the IPL think ? that they run world cricket... the IPL teams are suppose to be the best t20 teams yet they were easily taken apart in the Champions league...

Posted by CricketMaan on (November 18, 2009, 14:06 GMT)

IPL for sure is reviving a lot of careers, Shane Watson, T Dilshan, D Warner, S Marsh, A Mishra, S Raina but unfortunately it is also limiting India to gain home advantage as a lot of these players can adapt to the hot, humid, dry, placid pitchs, huge noisy crowds etc, all these do play a factor in winning matches at home, that is considerably reducing. IPL is fun and surely i enjoy watching but at what cost is the question. The work that could happen is IPL might go the EPL way which means we will develop greatest individual champion players but when you put them toghter as Team India they migh fail just like English Footabllers. However i still enjoy watching for the pure adrenaline and fun.

Posted by TwitterJitter on (November 17, 2009, 16:31 GMT)

I am not sure what the whinging is for. Are there lot of communists on this site? IPL has every right to dictate the terms of participation in the league. If the players do not want to adhere it is simple. Do not sign the contract. Don't sign the contract for millions and then say that you have the right to decide when you want to play. Franchises having invested millions on key players want to win games based on those picks. If those picks do not show up sans international commitments they have the right to say that they will fire them and ban those players from future participation in the league. Nobody is banning them from cricket. Just from participation in the league. It would nice to have a employer who pays you tons of money for 40 days work and still needs to shutup and not force you to show up for work. Thats what a lot of commenters here are asking for.

Posted by jaininkashi on (November 17, 2009, 12:35 GMT)

What Modi is doing is absolutely right. First foreign players want to earn some easy money (remember Steyn calling IPL a paid holiday in its first season), get the experience of playing in Indian conditions (look second string aussies beat India because of this experience) & when they are needed to be available, they should be. Look at Mike Hussey, he skipped the IPL to rest his body for World T20 & came to chennai camp just before that to get some practice for T20 but chennai was wise not to get him any game. You can not earn money & valuable experience on ur terms. You have to abide by the rules even if they are stringent. N whoever tasks of power in BCCi's hands should remember that if India stops playing, may be ICC would not be able to run successfully because more that 70% revenue is generated here. India used to be a fortress to conquer, now Any Tom, Dick & Harry is able to perform here & help his team beat India. may be Modi should consider this as well & hold IPL outside India

Posted by rahulsaxena on (November 17, 2009, 12:04 GMT)

To all fellow Indians... people, lets not get agitated here. We know that Mr.Modi's stand is right. If someone doesn't agree its their lookout! To people criticizing IPL, BCCI, Lalit Modi... please refrain from making unnecessary comments if you are, as you say, least bothered about IPL. Pick a stance and stick to it. You DON'T have a right to vilify a man for running HIS league the way HE wants to !

Posted by 9ST9 on (November 17, 2009, 11:54 GMT)

"revolutionised cricket in last 3 years" yes, but at what cost? The IPL has done it's bit in revolutionizing the game, but this is taking it a bit too far. In the past England/Australia dictated terms in the cricket world. Though it was loathed at that time the current megalomaniac BCCI "regime" is far more dangerous and destructive for cricket than anything else. It's all about the sheer weight of numbers [ the true quality of IPL teams were exposed by sides like NSW T&T etc.] and cricket is becoming more like a SMS-based talent contest.

Posted by abherath on (November 17, 2009, 9:13 GMT)

This sounds ridiculous. How could Lalit Modi and BCCI impose such terms on the cricket authorities in other countries ? Any country should have the right to make its domestic cricket mandatory for their top players if they want to represent that country. In fact performances in the domestic tournament of a country should be the main yardstick in the selection of the national team of that country.

Well, if it mandatory for players to play in the IPL in the manner Lalit / BCCI have suggested, they might as well play for India as well. Just picture that - half the Indian team being either Australian or South African.

Also how could the IPL influence the Champions' Trophy saying that the countries of the players who skipped IPL matches should not be allowed to participate ? What has the Champions' Trophy got to do with IPL ? IPL is a puny ,money driven carnival in India and the Champions Trophy is an international tournament ratified by the ICC.

IPL = Insane Pighead's League !

Posted by Sach_is_Life on (November 17, 2009, 9:01 GMT)

If you dont like their rules,then dont play in IPL.No one is forcing you to join IPL teams..Everybody wants their money,entertainment and T20 Experience but they don't want to be loyal to their IPLteams.If you want some thing you've to lose something.IPL is there to entertain people.. not to give easy money to International cricketers..They are not asking them to represent IPL teams when they have international commitments..They are asking them to give more importance to IPL teams over their domestic teams.If they can't be loyal to their teams for atleast 40 days..then wats the meaning in paying them huge amounts.So,Stop blaming Modi and BCCI for everything.Its upto the players to pick one of them..They can't play IPL when they are free just to earn more money and leave their teams in half way when their teams need them...

Posted by punditofcricket on (November 17, 2009, 8:20 GMT)

@Rajit - revolutionize??? the ascent of BCCI has led to the demise of the beautiful game over the last 10-15 yrs.No even contest of bat and ball ..flat tracks all over and flat track bullies are hailed as greats :).The beauty of the game lied in the even contest between the bat and ball and that is sadly not the case any more. Dunno how ppl like you can think that Modi Pawar etc are here to promote the game?

Posted by favazak on (November 17, 2009, 7:05 GMT)

Beuty of cricket is fading! Alas! I am sad, v cant do anythg! Money matters, money rules de world! Its understandable de point dat IPL is tryg 2 put forward!Dey buy playrz nd money nd dey r not available, it aint fair! BCCI said 2 its players if dey forgo domestic matches 4 any other domestic legue dey will be penalised! When it come 2 IPL dey hav double stand!BCCI should sack Lalit Modi as find som1 else! else he might even overpower BCCI! IMG issue was an example!

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