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The ICC will have no say in the IPL: BCCI

"The IPL is an Indian domestic tournament,"- BCCI

BCCI acting president CK Khanna presents IPL 2018 Trophy to Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni
BCCI acting president CK Khanna presents IPL 2018 Trophy to Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has been working on its way to establishing control over the private T20 leagues developing globally. The main aim behind it is to maintain uniformity in the governing policy of such leagues. Iain Higgins who is ICC’s Chief Operating Officer is expected to head the committee alongside Media Rights Head Aarti Singh Dabas.

This will vest a lot of power in the apex cricket board with regards to decision making for the leagues. They will be the sole policy makers for every international cricket board that has a T20 league going on or aspires to launch one in the future. It will also have the authority to modify the format and players’ policy. However, the BCCI has already rejected the proposal.

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BCCI not interested

The idea was put forward by the ICC at the recent meeting in Dubai. However, BCCI wasn’t interested to even discuss the terms. “The IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and just the way how the ICC has no locus standi in a tournament like the Ranji Trophy, it will have no say in the IPL as well,” the BCCI mentioned according to the Times of India (TOI).

An industry source stated that the ICC was trying to make inroads into the rich Indian market. Their focus wasn’t on controlling global T20 leagues but the IPL in particular. While BCCI has already dismissed the idea, the administrators from Windies and Australia are yet to make a comment on the same.

“Big Bash too is Cricket Australia’s domestic tournament, just like the Sheffield Shield. But the thing is, one of their players takes a break right in the middle of a Big Bash season and decides to play the Bangladesh Premier League for a handsome salary and Cricket Australia can’t do anything about it. It’s not the same in the IPL. When the IPL is played, cricket globally comes to a standstill,” the source was quoted as saying.

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