Recent reports have suggested that if English counties did not stand down their ICL players, India would consider withdrawing from the Champions League, which is to be held in India in September and October, effectively ending the venture.
"There has been no suggestion of that yet. A decision was already taken last year that ICL players would not be able to participate (in the Champions League). We will talk with Cricket Australia in Dubai about these matters. There is no pressure being placed on Cricket Australia," The Age quoted Modi, as saying
Cricket Australia has been charged with drafting the rules and regulations for the five million dollar tournament, which is to be contested by domestic Twenty20 finalists from India, South Africa, Australia and England.
The Indians are adamant that players from the unsanctioned ICL- several of whom are participating in county cricket - should be excluded, along with their teams, from the Champions League, placing Cricket Australia in a tug-of-war between its traditional ally, England, and its major business partner, the Indian board.
"Clubs from England who qualify can play provided the teams do not include players who are with ICL," said the statement signed by BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.
At least 25 ICL players play in English domestic cricket and only three of the 18 counties do not have any 'rebel' players.
Modi said the uncertainty surrounding the availability of Michael Hussey and Matthew Hayden for the Champions League is yet to be resolved.
Both players have said that national commitments will take priority over T20 appearances, contradicting IPL board member Inderjit Singh Bindra view that both would represent their IPL side in the Champions League.
A final decision on the schedule, venues and teams is expected to be announced on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council's annual meetings in Dubai from June 29-July 4.