Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards might have said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has promised not to expand the schedule of the Indian Premier League for the next eight years, but a look at the ICC position papers authored by BCCI president N. Srinivasan, Edwards and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Giles Clarke gives a completely different picture.
According to the paper, Srinivasan and Co. — the men behind the ICC’s recent governance overhaul — proposed a three-month window for domestic T20 tournaments when there would be no international matches played.
It is further believed that the big-three’s ploy to do away with the centralised Future Tours Programme (FTP) was to ensure the smooth passing of the proposal to provide a separate window for domestic T20 tournaments — something that hasn’t been possible in the last six years as teams have international commitments right through the year.
Speaking to Mail Today, former ICC president Ehsan Mani confirmed the same, but refused to get into the debate as to whether or not the window would be specific to the IPL and the Champions League T20.
"I am aware that in the original proposal, it was mentioned that provision would be made for domestic tournaments, but I have not seen any reference to specific events,” he said.
A senior BCCI official confirmed that the move was IPL and CLT20 specific as the BCCI doesn’t allow its players to play in any other domestic T20 league.
"It is no rocket science that the move was made to ensure that international players don’t have national commitments during the IPL or the CLT20. Does the BCCI let its players participate in the Big Bash in Australia or the Caribbean Premier League? We have earlier seen that many of the franchises lose their star foreign players to international commitments and what better way to avoid it than do away with international series that clash with these two tournaments,” he said, on the condition of anonymity.
"Also, as long as the BCCI ensures that foreign players are paid well, I don’t think any of the other countries will have an objection to the status that IPL is reaching on the world stage.”
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