IPL and other domestic T20 leagues have to co-exist with ICC calendar: Dave Richardson

ICC CEO Dave Richardson said that to provide windows to all the other T20 leagues happening around the world would be totally impractical © AFP

By Sabi Hussain

New Delhi: Jan 6, 2013

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson acknowledged the importance of the Indian Premier League (IPL), but said that it is not possible to provide a separate window to the tournament, or for that matter any other domestic Twenty20 competition.

“Practically, most countries do provide that window without formally being provided. The domestic T20 league…those have to co-exist with the international cricket,” Richardson told PTI.

“IPL is very important and a big event, it provides a lot of employment to many international players. To provide windows to all the other T20 leagues happening around the world would be totally impractical. They have to co-exist with us. The countries need to find a good balance.

“The IPL has more positives than negatives. The skills develop in all three departments of the game. It adds to the skills of the international players,” he added.