IPL 2010 November 16, 2009

IPL revises terms for overseas players

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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.

"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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  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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 !

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • SuperSharky on November 17, 2009, 7:04 GMT

    Money talks!! Now that the rules are strict and clear, the players now know what to do in the future. I'm glad they sort this kind of thing now and not after.

  • randikaayya on November 17, 2009, 6:23 GMT

    @ Rajit: Sit back and enjoy Modi and the greedy Indians run riot? and bring ruing to the game we love? I think not. We will unfortunately have to wait and see how the other national boards respond to this. To pressurize CA and CSA to force players to play in IPL over domestic due to their partnership in the champions league (which failed to deliver the promise and served as an eye opener to the quality of IPL franchises as cricketers) is dictating terms to them and in my opinion an insult! However musch money this will earn the BCCI this sort of control will not help promote the game. Maybe they like to over extend themselves beyond Controlling Cricket in India.

  • howizzat on November 17, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    There is nothing extra-ordinary in the text statement or the proposal. Let Lalit Modi dare FTP and then its worth a money.

  • geebob on November 17, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    While expecting "paid" players to turn up for their franchises is probably an expected move, the wording surely sounds dictatorial. But, I wonder who all were party to this.

    Sooner or later, IPL will come to dominate, already calls being made to create a window in FTP, now they will probably call for a window during domestic season too??

  • mkazmi on November 17, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    it is high time the cricket boards and ICC get together and put a stop to this dictatorial regime of L.Modi and BCCI... step in soon before its too late... before this wonderful game dies to the tune of greed and more greed...

  • Rajit on November 17, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    all thos who are against Lalit Modi and BCCI let me tell you they have revolutionised cricket in last 3 years.... so lets sit back and enjoy

  • DaGunslinger on November 17, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    This is really sad. International Cricket is facing stiff competition from Modi. He is in the verge of creating a set of rebel players vs. Cricket Boards. The difference between ICL and IPL will be that IPL is backed by BCCI whereas ICL was not.Cricket is becoming business and Modi and BCCI puppets are ruling the show. This is bad for cricket in general.

  • Karamat23 on November 17, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    Its just the begining of the things to come and another stupid idea from sick minded Lalit Modi, he is hell bent on destroying cricket but for the greed of money the other cricket borads have gone deaf and dumb.

    I think Kerry Packer World Series Cricket (WSC) offered more to world cricket in the form of cricket revolution as most of the cricket we see nowadays follows the basic WSC ideas with certain changes to the rules. IPL on the other hand is destroying cricket and the last Champions Trophy showed that the 50 over one dayers are here to survive no matter how good the 20/20 could be.

    One day people would see players only playing 20/20 in IPL and not representing their country at all and that will take gloss of the event as the true fact is that its the fame that a country gives to a sportsman is carried forward the world over.

  • andysviews on November 17, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    This makes the choice clear. Cash or country? With Australia and South African domestic seasons finishing when the IPL starts, will it be the Sheffield Shield final and possible selection for Australia? Or money to set up your future for young guns like Dave Warner?

  • AARPEE on November 17, 2009, 4:21 GMT

    Its a pity that just about everyone in the governing body is mainly concerned about the revenue part and not the development of cricket in our country. Is the IPL a boon or a curse for cricket in India ? On the plus side , the players are definitely earning more money and fame than ever before.But on the minus side , many of the new players who get selected for the Indian team dont have the commitment and dedication or atleast the pride required to represent our country.Each format of the game requires a different set of skills and temperament and so its better to ignore the performances in the IPL as a criteria for selection of ODI & Test teams. Or else, Team India will continue to struggle in International Matches away from home and players like Yousuf Pathan and Suresh Raina will be found out on Bouncy Pitches against Top-class pace bowling. Does anybody in the BCCI Governing body , thinktank or selection commitee really worry about these things ?

  • crikbuff on November 17, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    This is only the beginning of the hijack. Lalit Modi wants to rule over cricket and will fall to any level to fulfill his dreams. He killed the ICL with his money power and BCCI's backing. Now he wants to kill the counties and state teams in Aus, SA, etc. Unless the boards stand up and challenge him, cricket will soon be doomed.

  • santhoshkudva on November 17, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    this was waiting to happen. it is a double edged sword, depending upon who emerges triumphant in the battle between players and their national board. if the boards feel the IPL is exerting too much power on the other boards, it might impose ban on players choosing to play in the league instead of their own domestic competition. if the players feel it viable to risk the ban, then god save international cricket.

    now that lalit modi has got one foot in the door, he will explore the other option the next season:of international players having to choose the league over their own international commitments. his greed has no end. the sooner the boards realise it, the better it is. My respect for ricky ponting only grows with time. we need more men like him. a true saviour of the game, albeit in his own right.

  • bobagorof on November 17, 2009, 0:23 GMT

    Why am I not surprised... I can understand the IPL wanting to have 'overseas' players available for the length of the IPL season, but the Champions League doesn't fall within the IPL season. So if a player is contracted to another domestic team, they might not have any say as to which team they play for during the Champions League - it depends on the wording of the contract, and which contract was signed first. I wonder whether this might have some bearing on whether players choose to sign IPL contracts? With the sums of money available, maybe not - but there might be some players who put county, state or province first and don't want to jepodise their place in the team by being unavailable due to IPL committments...

  • Timu on November 16, 2009, 23:30 GMT

    This sort of development is not good for cricket. Forcing players to play for the IPL over their Domestic teams only serves to weaken the already shrinking affinity players have for their domestic teams world wide, all to the advantage of a single league. Although I realize this deterrent is probably aimed at the participating cricket boards rather then the players themselves, domestic competition is vital to the game as a whole. There is a reason Australia was still able to be competitive despite the many injuries sustained in India. It wasn't the IPL that was developing their young players, it was their domestic league. Money wins out again....

  • Sachit1979 on November 16, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    If any Indian opts to play for some league some where even without skipping the domestic tournaments, he is considered as breaching the guidelines but if somebody from outside India has to come to play IPL in India, he has to consider IPL as above his domestic commitments. What an idea.. Poor lads who opted for ICL did not even ignore their domestic commitments then also thrown away by BCCI. Few years back also players including Jadeja and Kambli were forcibly asked by board for discarding their participation in American league which could not go air at all at later stage. Last year Ajit Agarkar was not allowed to play county for Worcestshire because Worcestshire had some ICL players playing in it. Is BCCI doing Cricker coordination or Cricket dictatorship?

  • AdityaGRoy on November 16, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Just one word "BCCI rules the world cricket"..:P

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  • AdityaGRoy on November 16, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    Just one word "BCCI rules the world cricket"..:P

  • Sachit1979 on November 16, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    If any Indian opts to play for some league some where even without skipping the domestic tournaments, he is considered as breaching the guidelines but if somebody from outside India has to come to play IPL in India, he has to consider IPL as above his domestic commitments. What an idea.. Poor lads who opted for ICL did not even ignore their domestic commitments then also thrown away by BCCI. Few years back also players including Jadeja and Kambli were forcibly asked by board for discarding their participation in American league which could not go air at all at later stage. Last year Ajit Agarkar was not allowed to play county for Worcestshire because Worcestshire had some ICL players playing in it. Is BCCI doing Cricker coordination or Cricket dictatorship?

  • Timu on November 16, 2009, 23:30 GMT

    This sort of development is not good for cricket. Forcing players to play for the IPL over their Domestic teams only serves to weaken the already shrinking affinity players have for their domestic teams world wide, all to the advantage of a single league. Although I realize this deterrent is probably aimed at the participating cricket boards rather then the players themselves, domestic competition is vital to the game as a whole. There is a reason Australia was still able to be competitive despite the many injuries sustained in India. It wasn't the IPL that was developing their young players, it was their domestic league. Money wins out again....

  • bobagorof on November 17, 2009, 0:23 GMT

    Why am I not surprised... I can understand the IPL wanting to have 'overseas' players available for the length of the IPL season, but the Champions League doesn't fall within the IPL season. So if a player is contracted to another domestic team, they might not have any say as to which team they play for during the Champions League - it depends on the wording of the contract, and which contract was signed first. I wonder whether this might have some bearing on whether players choose to sign IPL contracts? With the sums of money available, maybe not - but there might be some players who put county, state or province first and don't want to jepodise their place in the team by being unavailable due to IPL committments...

  • santhoshkudva on November 17, 2009, 1:35 GMT

    this was waiting to happen. it is a double edged sword, depending upon who emerges triumphant in the battle between players and their national board. if the boards feel the IPL is exerting too much power on the other boards, it might impose ban on players choosing to play in the league instead of their own domestic competition. if the players feel it viable to risk the ban, then god save international cricket.

    now that lalit modi has got one foot in the door, he will explore the other option the next season:of international players having to choose the league over their own international commitments. his greed has no end. the sooner the boards realise it, the better it is. My respect for ricky ponting only grows with time. we need more men like him. a true saviour of the game, albeit in his own right.

  • crikbuff on November 17, 2009, 4:17 GMT

    This is only the beginning of the hijack. Lalit Modi wants to rule over cricket and will fall to any level to fulfill his dreams. He killed the ICL with his money power and BCCI's backing. Now he wants to kill the counties and state teams in Aus, SA, etc. Unless the boards stand up and challenge him, cricket will soon be doomed.

  • AARPEE on November 17, 2009, 4:21 GMT

    Its a pity that just about everyone in the governing body is mainly concerned about the revenue part and not the development of cricket in our country. Is the IPL a boon or a curse for cricket in India ? On the plus side , the players are definitely earning more money and fame than ever before.But on the minus side , many of the new players who get selected for the Indian team dont have the commitment and dedication or atleast the pride required to represent our country.Each format of the game requires a different set of skills and temperament and so its better to ignore the performances in the IPL as a criteria for selection of ODI & Test teams. Or else, Team India will continue to struggle in International Matches away from home and players like Yousuf Pathan and Suresh Raina will be found out on Bouncy Pitches against Top-class pace bowling. Does anybody in the BCCI Governing body , thinktank or selection commitee really worry about these things ?

  • andysviews on November 17, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    This makes the choice clear. Cash or country? With Australia and South African domestic seasons finishing when the IPL starts, will it be the Sheffield Shield final and possible selection for Australia? Or money to set up your future for young guns like Dave Warner?

  • Karamat23 on November 17, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    Its just the begining of the things to come and another stupid idea from sick minded Lalit Modi, he is hell bent on destroying cricket but for the greed of money the other cricket borads have gone deaf and dumb.

    I think Kerry Packer World Series Cricket (WSC) offered more to world cricket in the form of cricket revolution as most of the cricket we see nowadays follows the basic WSC ideas with certain changes to the rules. IPL on the other hand is destroying cricket and the last Champions Trophy showed that the 50 over one dayers are here to survive no matter how good the 20/20 could be.

    One day people would see players only playing 20/20 in IPL and not representing their country at all and that will take gloss of the event as the true fact is that its the fame that a country gives to a sportsman is carried forward the world over.

  • DaGunslinger on November 17, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    This is really sad. International Cricket is facing stiff competition from Modi. He is in the verge of creating a set of rebel players vs. Cricket Boards. The difference between ICL and IPL will be that IPL is backed by BCCI whereas ICL was not.Cricket is becoming business and Modi and BCCI puppets are ruling the show. This is bad for cricket in general.