IPL should not compromise ICC future tours or events: CA

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Melbourne, Feb 14 (UNI) Unfazed by the threats from IPL chairman Lalit Modi, Cricket Australia (CA) today asserted that though it ''wants to see the league succeed, but on the basis that it does not compromise ICC Future Tours Program or ICC Events''.

CA chief executive Officer James Sutherland said they were continuing to work through complex detail relating to existing contractual obligations involving the CA and players and those which relate to Australian player involvement in the IPL competition.

''There is a lot of detail involved in aligning existing contractual obligations with those of this new Indian domestic competition,'' he said ''But we are approaching this with an open mind on trying to resolve the issue in a manner which allows Indian Premier League (IPL) to go ahead with Australian player participation, when available, and allow the Champions Twenty20 concept to then be finalised so that Indian, South African, England and Australian domestic Twenty20 sides can meet in a tournament to decide the best of the best.'' ''We have always said we want to see IPL succeed, but on the basis that it does not compromise ICC Future Tours Program or ICC Events cricket'' he added Sutherland further elabrated on CA's policy on unofficial cricket events.

In noting its priority commitment to supporting the development of game in the country and as a global sport, CA has adopted the following policy: In connection with CA and state players, selectors will treat players who take part only in ICC-approved matches more favourably than those who do not.

In accordance with relevant ICC regulations and player contract requirements, players will not be offered player contracts or be permitted to continue to be a party to player contracts if, during the term of those contracts, those players take part in unofficial cricket events.


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