Boards consent mandatory to play in IPL: Modi

Melbourne, Dec 22 (UNI) The BCCI-backed Indian Premier League (IPL) has clearly stated that none of its contracted players will be forced to go against their respective boards, compromise on their international commitments and it will not entertain any foreign player without their board's consent.

The chairman of IPL, Lalit Modi said the contracted players have been asked to submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by their cricket boards following the reports that Cricket Australia does not want its players to play in the IPL during their short breaks between tours.

''Without an NOC from the board, the player can't play. It's that simple. We have signed 49 international players, fully mindful of the fact that only two can be on the field at any one time,'' he said.

The first page of the contract, under the section marked 'conditions', states IPL franchises are directed to enable the player to play for the Team without being in breach of any obligation to such national cricket board.

Under the same condition, it is stated that a player must obtain a No Objection Certificate, which is described as certification ''from national cricket board.'' In other words, an Australian player will not play in the IPL without the permission of Cricket Australia (CA) and Modi agreed that issues with CA not been settled yet.

''We still have a few things to iron out, such as working with Cricket Australia with issues such as those of global sponsorship, but there is no question that everything is being done with their consultation,'' he said.

Modi was in no mood to take the verdict of the game's 'pundits' that the shortest version of the game will harm or eventually consume the 50-over game and the Tests.

He made his point by saying, ''This is an exciting time for cricket. There is no interest on our part to damage the traditional forms of the game. We believe this is a chance to take the game to places it has never been before, while at the same time preserving Test and 50-over cricket.'' UNI

Story first published: Saturday, December 22, 2007, 11:32 [IST]
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