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With Joe Root throwing his hat in the auction ring, there are indications that a middle ground has been reached with ECB
Johri confirmed that the Indian board has managed to convince all other boards that there will be virtually no cricket during the IPL window
Major hindrance came from England and Wales Cricket board as its international season starts in mid-May
Putting an end to speculation over the ICC’s Future Tours and Programme (FTP) and slotting of international matches during the period IPL is played, Indian cricket board (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri confirmed on Wednesday that the Indian board has managed to convince all other boards that there will be virtually no or very little international cricket during the IPL window. Media had reported on December 10, 2017, that BCCI was trying to convince all cricket-playing nations to keep a bilateral-free window during the months of April and May, post 2019.
“The other boards understand the opportunity of the IPL. They want their players to be available. In the FTP from 2019, there’s virtually no or very little international cricket during that period in the calendar. Our endeavor is to overcome even that little international cricket. That is testimony to the strength of the IPL,” Johri told to media. Major hindrance came from England and Wales Cricket board as its international season starts in mid-May. But with England Test captain Joe Root throwing his hat in the auction ring, there are indications that a middle ground has been reached.
The other thorny issue BCCI had to deal was over other boards demanding Indian players to participate in their T20 leagues. “Everyone would like the Indian players in their leagues too. But if we allow our domestic players then our domestic cricket will be harmed. For the health of global cricket, a strong India is very important. Everybody understands the position of BCCI,” Johri said.
While BCCI looks to go into an overdrive in its promotion of the IPL after Star India won the rights, there’s an underlying apprehension about the broadcasters dictating how Indian cricket is planned. “I think the BCCI is strong enough to take its own decisions. Having said that, we value each of our partners. We listen to every partner. We work in a collective manner,” the CEO said.
There have been issues with the domestic matches going un-televised this season. Star India’s cycle has ended this season and the new auctions are due in some time. Johri said while BCCI is committed to domestic cricket, there are certain limitations. “The BCCI bilateral rights are coming up for auction shortly. You’ll see everything (the clauses) once they unfold. There are times when some problems crop up. Sometimes an international match and domestic match happen simultaneously. In an ideal world, you would want to telecast but there are limitations,” he said.
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