PCA lures English cricketers to IPL

Published: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) will have a talk regarding the Indian Premier League (IPL) with England players next week.

''We will ask the players how they feel,'' PCA chief executive Sean Morris said. ''We need to sit them down and ask their personal views - some might have different opinions to others.'' ''But I would like to think on behalf of the players we would be able to take advantage of this concept and allow them to reap the benefits,'' he added.

''There may be a very strong collective view but there may also be different circumstances for each individual which would affect their decision.'' He will also talk to ECB officials in a bid to find a way to accommodate those who wish to play in the IPL in the future.

The move comes after Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, reiterated his willingness to shift the dates of the cash-rich tournament in future years to accommodate English players.

''We have a very open dialogue with the ECB right now, we met this week and will be meeting with them again next week, so there is a strong channel of communication.

''Modi is saying that he's prepared to move his tournament to accommodate English players and that is music to everyone's ears in this country,'' Morris added.

The IPL is possibly the biggest development to cricket since Kerry Packer revolutionised the game in the 1970s, with the world's top players being offered enormous sums of money to compete in the competition. Unfortunately, running as it does from April 18 through to June 1, the IPL cuts across the game's other domestic and international schedules.

There is a real worry that both Test cricket and English county cricket will come to be devalued as the game's best players opt for bigger pay-days in India. The potential imbalance between international cricket and the Indian tournament is one of the major ramifications of the new tournament.


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