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BCCI to tell ICC to make room for IPL

The ICC, on Wednesday, had decided in its Chief Executives Meeting in Kuala Lumpur against tinkering with the current FTP - which outlines fixtures for all Test playing nations until 2012.

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2008 23:21 IST

Indian cricket board will ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to include in the international calendar for the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) even after the world governing body had decided against doing so till the end of the current Future Tours Programme (FTP), a report has claimed.

The ICC, on Wednesday, had decided in its Chief Executives Meeting in Kuala Lumpur against tinkering with the current FTP - which outlines fixtures for all Test playing nations until 2012.

A report in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' said that a group of major cricketing nations from the subcontinent, led by BCCI, will ask the ICC to create an annual window for the Twenty20 tournament, and they will receive support from Cricket Australia.

The BCCI will also ask England's cricket board to rework its county cricket calendar so its players can participate, the report said.

The BCCI had earlier said that it would not interfere with the FTP, but the report claimed that the overwhelming response in Wednesday's player auction has led to a change in mind and the board would now push for the inclusion of IPL in the international calendar.

Moreover, franchise backers, who have spent huge sums on international talent, expect the players to be made available.

IPL co-founder and former BCCI chief Inderjit Singh Bindra was quoted as saying by the newspaper that the world body would have no choice but to comply if most of its members request a gap for the inclusion of IPL in the FTP.

"The ICC works for the member countries and if the majority of members are appealing for a gap for the IPL, then the ICC must go by that," Bindra said.

"We have had approaches from other boards. There is pressure from the players also, they want to play in it.

"Also there is a lot of interest in the tournament. It will do the optimum good to have the largest availability of players for the IPL, and it will keep the players and boards happy," Bindra said.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has stated that he would support an annual window for the IPL, as has Australian captain Ricky Ponting.

To allow the international players to take part, the IPL may even be brought forward by a fortnight from next year to start in early April and finish in mid-May.