A day after losing in the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections, Lalit Modi was at the Eden Gardens as the IPL commissioner to attend a tripartite meeting also involving the host association and the city-based franchisee, Kolkata Knight Riders.
Modi refused to speak about the elections, saying it was over and done with. As IPL commissioner, he did clarify why Pakistan players will not be able to take part in next year’s league.
“The deadline for players for submitting documents (read no-objection certificates from various authorities and visas) was postponed twice — from No. 20-30 and then to Dec 7, but the Pakistani players still failed to obtain them,” Modi said.
The players, Modi added, have to obtain the documents on their own and the IPL commission does not involve itself in the process. “We just arrange for the back-up letters (including invitation letters from the franchisees to the players).
“We cannot extend the deadline any further because the franchises must submit a list of players they want to trade by tomorrow and submit expression of interest in new players by December 11,” Modi added.
He said IPL teams that have Pakistan players on their rolls would be allowed replacements, which is what happened in IPL-2. Each team can have 10 foreign players.
Modi, Kolkata Knight Riders part-owner Jay Mehta and officials of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) went around Eden Gardens, which is being renovated for the 2011 World Cup. Two stands have been razed to the ground, reducing the stadium’s capacity from roughly 90,000 to 45,000.
According to a CAB official, Modi wants some a temporary arrangement to accommodate people at the razed stands. Gate receipts are an integral part of IPL franchisees’ revenues.