THE MAN WHO RULES THE CRICKET COSMOS
The all-powerful BCCI has assured the ICC that it's cash cow, the IPL, will not expand beyond its current form and space for at least the next eight years. A report by Daniel Brettig on ESPNcricinfo quotes Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards as saying that the Indian Board has agreed in principle to not "leave world cricket behind".
"There was a very real chance that India would have gone on an IPL voyage and left world cricket behind. That was said more than once," said Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards told ESPNcricinfo during the recently completed Newlands Test. "If that had have happened, you were looking down the barrel of a Kerry Packer moment. It would have been easy to say 'they aren't going to do it, they want to play in World Cups', but that was a reality.
"We have a commitment from them that IPL will not change during this eight-year cycle. Dates won't change, the start date won't change and the length of the tournament won't change. They've given us that commitment and that was important to us. IPL is important to them, and to the world of cricket players who make a lot of money out of it, and we didn't want to see it grow. We've also negotiated with India to pay the countries more for their players. We've got good understandings on that, they've been very straightforward and I believe them."
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