Friday, December 11, 2009

South Africa and NZ associations want IPL window

The South African and New Zealand players' associations have pushed for a separate window for the annual IPL and the Champions League, in such a way that it does not disrupt other international fixtures.

"Yes, there is a need for an IPL and Champions League window but then they must not expand outside this window," Tony Irish, CEO of South African Cricketers' Association (SACA), told PTI. "International cricket, IPL and Champions League must co-exist and not compete. Players should not be put in a position of having to choose between playing one or the other."

Two editions of the IPL have been completed, but not all international players have been able to participate, owing to their international commitments. The England players in particular have found it hard to take part because the IPL coincides with the start of their county and international home season.

Heath Mills, the CEO of the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association (NZCPA), said players in his country could be tempted into opting for cash-rich Twenty20 leagues if there is a constant clash of schedules.

"It is absolutely essential that there are windows created for the IPL and the Champions League," Mills said. "If they do not create a window for the IPL then I am certain our best players in New Zealand will not sign central contracts in the future so they can choose to play in the IPL ahead of any clash that may occur with the Blackcaps' schedule."

The ICC said in July that it wasn't considering the proposal for a permanent window for the IPL. The president David Morgan said that only players in the brink of retirement were likely to opt for such domestic leagues over their international commitments. Shane Warne, who captains the Rajasthan Royals, had earlier called on the ICC to create a window going by his rewarding experience in 2008.

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