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BCCI promises more Bangla players in IPL

The BCCI has thrown its weight behind Bangladesh Cricket Board by promising to rope in more cricketers from its eastern neighbours into the lucrative IPL in its second edition in April next year.

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2008 18:52 IST

The BCCI has thrown its weight behind Bangladesh Cricket Board by promising to rope in more cricketers from its eastern neighbours into the lucrative Indian Premier League in its second edition in April next year.

IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said the Indian Cricket Board will help Bangladesh recover from the exodus of 13 top players to 'rebel' Indian Cricket League by also including a team from Bangladesh in the 2010 Champions Twenty20 League.

"We will definitely play an active role in helping them out. We are looking at adding a few Bangladesh players for the next IPL auction. And we are also looking at a team from Bangladesh participating in the Champions League from 2010 onwards," Modi told cricinfo website.

The next IPL auction is tentatively scheduled for January, about two months before the second season begins on April 10.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is the only Bangladesh player currently in the IPL, signed up by Bangalore Royal Challengers for $50,000.

National Boards will receive a significant sum for participating in the Champions Twenty20 League, along with a separate participation fee for the domestic Twenty20 teams that are invited.

The ICC, meanwhile, said Bangladesh's Test future will be discussed during the ICC Board meeting next month by the committee formed in July on unofficial cricket.

"Any decision on this will be taken at the ICC board meeting and it will be the working party that will decide on such an issue," an ICC spokesperson said.