Melbourne: Chairman and Commissioner of Indian Premier League Lalit Modi has threatened to ban Australian players if their state teams do not release them for the next year's cash-rich event and has even claimed that their domestic sides could be barred from participating in the Champions League.
Next year's IPL tournament has been pushed back to later in March as the ICC Twenty20 World Championships will be going on at that time. But the dates of the last round of the Australia's domestic competition -- Sheffield Shield -- and the mega BCCI event are clashing but Modi wants the state sides to release their contracted players for the competition.
Modi said they respect players" commitments to their countries but wont" mind if players skip domestic duties for IPL.
“The IPL 2010 season is in March-April, when a lot of domestic tournaments will still be on. This is a one-off situation. The IPL requires No-Objection Certificates from the home boards for players to participate in IPL.
“This was essentially done to protect the FTP (Future Tours Program) commitments. However, this (NOC) does not include domestic tournaments," Modi said.
The IPL Chairman said they could take an extreme action but hoped a solution will be worked out.
“A worst-case scenario could mean penalties on such players, including termination of contracts, jeopardizing future participation. However, we do not want to walk that path and are hopeful to sort this through discussions with the boards," Modi was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.
Australia"s domestic side New South Wales won the inaugural Champions League.