ICC says no to fixed window for IPL in new FTP.posted under: International | All news
|The International Cricket Council (ICC) has ruled out the idea of giving the IPL, the world’s most lucrative cricket tournament, a fixed window in its Future Tours Program (FTP)..
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat was quoted on Wednesday saying that if any concession was given to the IPL, the ICC would also have to consider creating windows for other domestic T20 leagues as well.
Lorgat was in Australia to present ICC’s ODI shield to Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland after the Aussies finished the 2011-12 season on top of the ICC ODI rankings, when he was questioned.
“The consequence of that (an IPL window) is what do we do with the Big Bash League (Australia)? What do we do with other premier leagues -- Sri Lanka is launching one, Bangladesh has one. I know people might say the IPL is the premier league, but once you provide a window for one particular member, you have to be conscious of the fact you may well have to do it for other members. Hence, why we have not been supportive of a window specifically for any one of those domestic leagues,” he was quoted saying by a cricket website.
Sutherland had something to say about the topic as well and was quoted saying, “I think there's a notional window already for the IPL. I think it exists. There's an inevitability around some overlap and countries are working around that to the best of their ability. There are challenges ultimately -- it's been raised with clashes from time to time. But I think there's a national window that most countries are working with and around, in order to allow their players the opportunity to play in IPL.”
Last season, the West Indies players had to choose between their home test series against Australia and the IPL because of a clash. It’s going to be a similar situation during the next IPL as well when New Zealand’s tour of England clashes with the second half of the cash-heavy tournament. The Zealanders will face a tougher choice as they earn significantly more in the IPL than while playing for their country.
Next year will also feature an Ashes series in England.