IPL likely to be included in ICC calender

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Melbourne, Jul 2 (UNI) The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been included in the final draft of a radical proposal to revamp ICC's international programming and most likely the multimillion dollar Twenty20 tournament will be included in its calendar.

According to 'The Australian', the suggested schedule includes the IPL and will be presented to the ICC's executive board in a couple of days in Dubai.

The huge money flowing in the IPL has made the leading players and player associations to demand space for the Twenty20 tournament as they fear that the international careers could be cut short because of it.

A recent survey by the Federation of International Players Associations (FICA) showed that more than half of the 64 players polled from seven of the nine active Test nations, including Australia, were willing to give up their international career for the IPL.

The new proposal has each of the nine active Test nations playing each other over a two-year period in three-Test series.

The top four nations would then play semi-finals and a final in the third year, while the fourth year of the cycle would be kept free for 'icon' series such as the Ashes.

The current Future Tours Program (FTP) is already prepared till 2012, but the ICC has started to look beyond it and have begun its discussions to make changes in it.

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