Monday, November 16, 2009

IPL sets trading dates for 2010

The Indian Premier League's trading window for the 2010 season has been set between November 23 and January 5.

The window allows the eight teams to buy and sell players already contracted with IPL teams.

Pakistan players, who were barred from participating in the second season in South Africa this year - a result of the terrorist strikes in Mumbai last year - will be allowed to participate subject to the Pakistan Cricket Board issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) and the government granting visas.

Following a three-day workshop in Bangkok, the IPL has also decided to do away with the 12th man and instead permitted the use of fielding substitutes.

An auction will be conducted in Mumbai on January 19 next year to bring in fresh players with each franchisee granted a purse of USD750,000 and the IPL, in participation with the MCC, will also trial the use of pink balls in practice matches to advance the cause of day-night Test cricket.

The council has also decided the International Cricket Council's Anti Corruption and Security Unit will have officers deployed at each venue while matches are in progress to enhance security.

The workshop had threadbare discussions on player regulations, commercial aspects, logistics, hospitality, ticketing, licensing and merchandising.

"I am certain now that we are poised to bring a significantly enhanced IPL experience back home to the Indian fans in Season 2010," IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said.

It has been decided that any ball bowled above waist height, regardless of the speed, will be declared a no-ball.

Apart from availing ACSU service, IPL will follow the BCCI Anti-Doping policy for Season 2010.

Another issue that the IPL Governing Council plans to take up is non-availability of players after signing of contracts.

"Measures discussed revolved around the initiation of stringent action including termination of player contracts and barring from future participation in the IPL, of players that have signed contracts, but fail to make themselves available for playing in the IPL," the organisers said.

"It was agreed that in the event any of the Member Boards not issuing an NOC to their players for participation in the IPL - on pretext of domestic engagements -- IPL could make a representation to the Governing Council of the Champions League for taking appropriate action against the members boards participation in the League," the organisers said.

On the decision to expand the league, they said, "A discussion for the addition of two new franchises in Season 4 was held with the same being adopted with 7 of the 8 Franchises being in favour of increasing the number of Teams to 10."

The League will also have a cap on the maximum players in a squad while all franchises agreed to do away with the Icon Player status.

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