Be patient, Bindra’s advice to English cricketers

April 15th, 2008 - 7:59 pm ICT by admin  

(IPL Diary)

London, April 15 (IANS) International Cricket Council’s (ICC) principal adviser Inderjit Singh Bindra has warned England cricketers not to break their central contracts to play in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL), saying the cash-rich tournament will not accept any rebel. Bindra, who is also a member of the IPL governing body, requested the cricketers to be patient as the organisers of IPL are negotiating with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to work out a window for the English players to play in the Twenty20 event.

“That solution (cricketers rejecting central contracts) is not acceptable to us,” Bindra told BBC Sport. “We will not have any player revolting against their establishment and becoming part of the IPL.”

Bindra’s statement came after several England cricketers have condemned the ECB’s stance of not allowing its central contracted players to play in the IPL, following which speculation was rife that the cricketers might go against the establishment’s decision to join the lucrative league.

Bindra made it clear that the IPL is a part of the system and not a rebel league. He is planning to discuss the matter with ECB chief Giles Clarke during the IPL’s inauguration ceremony in Bangalore Thursday.


English version of IPL with Stanford support

Texan billionaire Allen Stanford, who has bankrolled Twenty20 cricket in the Caribbean, will be holding talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Wednesday to stage a multi-million pound English version of the Indian Premier League.

There is a possibility that England might host such an event in June and July every year, as it is the only Test-playing nation in season at that time in the calendar.

“Looking at all options is pure commercial commonsense,” said Professional Cricketers’ Association chief executive Sean Morris.

“There is no proof yet that the global TV market is strong enough to have a lot of different leagues. But it is genuinely achievable to make it attractive for everyone to play in.

“If we have got the right format and scheduling that will be an attractive product to the wider TV audience and that is where most of the money will come from,” he added.


Embrace IPL with both hands: Langer

Former Australia Test opener Justin Langer has called on the game’s administrators to embrace the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) that gets underway in Bangalore Friday.

Langer’s call came after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has restricted its centrally contracted players from joining the Twenty20 league.

Though Langer himself chose to honour his contract with his county Somerset rather than join the IPL, he believes people must accept the game’s newest tournament with both hands.

“Everyone needs to embrace it. It’s happening and the fact is that in a few days’ time it’s kicking off,” Langer told Sky Sports News.

“In every single county game you have your best players playing, so why not IPL. Most importantly, in international cricket the best players have to be playing every single game,” he added.

He further said that cricket administrators face a great challenge on churning out a window for the players to participate in the Twenty20 event.

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