IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

No agreement yet on England players in IPL


The ECB and the IPL have failed to reach an understanding over the release of England players for the 2009 edition of the league during a two-day meeting in Mumbai. Giles Clarke, the England board president, and chief executive David Collier held discussions with Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman; they are expected to meet again in the coming weeks.

The two sides were to negotiate on a reciprocal agreement, with the ECB pushing for having Indian players in the English Premier League, slated to kick off in 2010, in return for their contracted players taking part in the Indian league. The Press Association reported the the participation of English teams in the Champions Twenty20 League was also discussed. Middlesex, the domestic Twenty20 champions, will play in the inaugural tournament in India next month, but Kent, originally slated to take part by finishing second, were barred because they fielded players contracted to the ICL.

The England players have not yet signed their central contracts for the year, with the players’ association keen on clarifying the position on the IPL. “The guys are keen to get the central contracts signed and we are 99% of the way there,” Sean Morris, the Professional Cricketers’ Association chief executive, had told BBC Sport. “The Stanford and IPL windows are new things that have never been there before, it’s a new workload. We don’t know what the calendar is going to be for next year and are waiting to be told.

“Until then, we don’t know what the guys are committing to in signing the contracts and we need that to be clarified. The players themselves are pretty comfortable about the situation.” The next IPL player auction is set for February 6 next year, but Modi wants the players to be available for a majority of the matches.

At the moment England are scheduled to play four Tests and five one-day internationals in the West Indies, a tour which ends on April 3, 2009, after which they host Sri Lanka from May 7. The series against Sri Lanka will clash with the IPL, which is to be held between April 10 and May 29. There are doubts over the availability of several Sri Lankan players for the tour of England though, because of their IPL commitments, but even if the tour is cancelled, the ECB have lined up West Indies as back-up.

Source:Cricket News

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