Melbourne, Sep 26 (UNI) Returning the favour, the BCCI said it will release its leading players Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh for Cricket Australia's inaugural Twenty20 competition season in 2009-2010.
The BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi, who is also the commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said he was grateful that the Cricket Australia (CA) had co-operated when it came to organising the IPL and the Champions League, and added it was now the turn of the BCCI to reciprocate.
''We are keenly watching that (CA's Twenty20 league plans) and are most supportive of that. The Australian cricket board has been most supportive for the Indian cricket board,'' Modi was quoted as saying by the 'Herald Sun' today.
''They have already asked us if we would release our players for that and we said, yes, we would release our players for that. They have been gracious enough to release their players for us,'' he added.
However, Modi, who is also the chairman of the Champions League asserted that CA's Twenty20 competition might not be able to produce the same scale of intensity as the IPL did in its inaugural season.
''It may not be on the same scale as the IPL. It may not be eight, 10 or 12 teams, but it may be six teams in Australia.
''We understand they are looking at a franchise model, developing other models, too,'' Modi added.
Modi further denied that the Cricket Australia would not get any share from the revenue generated by the IPL.
''It's a domestic tournament and you have got to understand Indian cricket never made money until three or four years ago,'' he conceded.
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