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IPL open to change schedule for county players: Modi

cricket Updated: Feb 28, 2008 22:16 IST

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Considering requests from English players, Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi on Thursday said the money minting Twenty20 competition was ready to adjust its future schedule to accommodate them.

Modi, who is also a Vice-Chairman of the BCCI, said England's best players were keen to get involved.

"We have a huge amount of pressure from the English players to participate in it. It's not that we couldn't sign them (but) because it directly conflicts with the English games," he said.

"Sooner or later we will look at adjusting our programmes while we try to bring our league forward. The objective would be in the future we would be working with the ECB to ensure the overlap doesn't take place," he was quoted as saying by the 'BBC'.

The money flow in India is hard to ignore for English players but an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman said the centrally contracted players were out of bounds to the IPL because of their commitments to the International Cricket Council's Future Tours Programme, which ends in 2012.

The ECB, meanwhile, toughened its stance against "unofficial events" around the globe making it clear players tempted to sign up for such tournaments will be jeopardising their chances of being picked to represent the country.

"The ECB board are determined to disassociate and distance itself from any promoter, agent or individual involved in such events," the governing body warned in a statement released.