Lalit Modi was speaking just a day after players and counties were absorbing the impact of an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ruling warning them against having anything to do with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) and other unofficial tournaments.
In an unprecedented auction of players in Mumbai earlier this month, bids from the owners of the new IPL franchises ranged from a staggering, in cricket terms, 1.5 million dollars for India's Twenty20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the lowest of 100,000 dollars for Sri Lankan youngster Chamara Silva.
However no English players were 'up for sale' as the inaugural IPL's dates, of April 18-June 1, clash with the first six weeks of their domestic season, which will also see the start of England's home international programme against New Zealand.
"We have a huge amount of pressure from the English players to be participating in it," Modi told BBC Radio Five Live on Thursday.
"Sooner or later we will look at adjusting our programmes while we try to bring our league forward. The objective would be in the future we would be working with the ECB to ensure the overlap doesn't take place."
England, however, are due to tour the West Indies in February and April 2009. But there is a growing belief in English cricket that some kind of agreement with the IPL will have to be reached if leading players are not to be lured away.
Meanwhile the ECB hope its hardline stance against the ICL will protect English cricket from possible future raids by the IPL.
"We have to find a way of working with the IPL," said Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell. "It needs to be fitted into the international cricket calendar because it is being played by the best players."
Nottinghamshire are now uncertain as to when David Hussey, who has signed for them for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, will arrive at Trent Bridge after the Australia batsman joined up with IPL-club Kolkata.
"He's signed a two-year deal here and then he's signed over there," Newell said. "And we are not even sure whether we would have him for the start of the season anyway as there is a chance he will be picked for Australia's tour to Pakistan if it goes ahead.
"This is all part of the problem counties have in signing overseas players: you are nervous if you sign full-time internationals because they can disappear during the season, and the more cricket that goes on, the harder it will be for us to get the quality."
The ICl is already having an impact upon the county scene. The ECB said Wednesday it was likely to bar ICL players from appearing for English counties if their own home boards hadn't already done so.
The ICL bound trio of Pakistan seamer Rana Naved (Yorkshire), ex-Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed (Sussex) and former New Zealand quick Shane Bond, who only joined Hampshire last Friday, now all face county bans.
"We have given Rana an ultimatum which is basically: are you going to take part in the unofficial Indian Cricket League or are you going to play for Yorkshire?," said Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan.
"If Rana takes part in the ICL, he will automatically forfeit his Yorkshire contract," he added. "What we don't know is how much Rana is being paid by the ICL, or whether he has signed a legally-binding contract."