Sydney, Dec 3 (UNI) The Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Lalit Modi has assured the cricket bosses the world over that IPL will not seek to undermine their boards and no attempt will be made to lure the foreign players that may arouse a rift between the players and their respective boards.
''The national teams come first and we will only choose players if they are free from international commitments. There is no conflict. The national teams come first,'' Modi was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
Modi's comments came in response to a letter written by Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland to the Australian players saying that CA would not grant them permission to play in the IPL unless his organisation was involved in the negotiations.
The BCCI-backed IPL has roped in 11 Australian players which include Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee who are believed to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
The BCCI had offered to pay leading players 25 per cent of their contract value up-front if they sign by a deadline.
Australia's core players are unlikely to turn out in the IPL for the next two seasons due to pre-existing commitments with the Test and one-day teams.
Sutherland had said yesterday, ''The workload and the timing of when the Indian Premier League is on it might be that Australian players are only able to play one of the next three years.'' ''In terms of choosing to play in the IPL instead of fulfilling their (CA) commitments, it's just not going to happen. There's no indication that players are looking to put the IPL ahead of the pride of wearing their Australian colours.'' Dismissing all speculations, Australia's wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist yesterday said, ''No one will play (in the IPL) without (board's) consent. We're not trying to be rebels here. It's a new opportunity for cricketers and it's a very exciting one that I know Cricket Australia are endorsing and encouraging.'' Earlier, Australian Cricketers' Association chief Paul Marsh had said IPL's MOU lacks a lot of details. The areas of conflict that might arise could be the rights of players in the IPL draft as well conflicts between IPL sponsors and those of national boards.
As it stands, contracted players will be placed in a national draft, and can be chosen by any of India's eight IPL franchises, who will compete for 3 million dollars in prize money and the chance to advance to the Twenty20 Champions' League, involving provincial sides from Australia, England and South Africa, besides India.
IPL contracts are understood to be worth up to 1 million dollars for top players.