BCCI hasn’t commited to Cricket Australia, but no plans to expand IPL
Wally Edwards had claimed the BCCI had given an assurance.
The IPL attracts players from around the globe and national boards fear it would affect their plans © IANS
Mar 15, 2014
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has refuted Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards claims that they have assured that IPL’s duration won’t be extended.
Edwards had claimed in a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, that the length of the IPL won’t change and nor will the dates. However, according to the Indian Express, the BCCI said that there is no such commitment.
The newspaper quoted a source from the BCCI, “We’ve made a commitment to whom? That’s the first question. Secondly, nothing could be called a commitment unless something has been agreed upon in writing.”
However, according to the paper, the source did confirm that there were discussions, but as such no concrete written commitment was given by the BCCI to the other boards. “Yes, we discussed the IPL issue with different cricket boards on the sidelines of the ICC meetings but I would like to maintain that no written commitment has been made. At the same time, I can say that there’s no plan to expand IPL in the immediate future,” the source was reported to have said.
This news comes as Edwards had feared that if the IPL had extended its schedule, it could affect the international calendar. With the BCCI’s refusal coming to the fore, one doesn’t know what the exact position is.