IPL chairman Lalit Modi has been been at loggerheads with Australia skipper Ricky Ponting over the Australians’ participation in IPL’s third edition starting March 12. But the clash has not put a full stop to Ponting IPL future prospects.
It was reported by Australian media that Ponting, whose contract was terminated by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), had a clash with high profile freelance cricketers during the Australian Cricketers’ Association meeting about IPL participation in the wake of security concerns.
A source confirmed Ponting had an argument with Shane Warne, Rajasthan Royals’ skipper-coach, which led to a disagreement between players.
On Wednesday, Modi took on Ponting and the cricketers’ association via his tweets. “(I’ve) been told Ricky Ponting is pressuring players not to come. Maybe it’s due to the fact he was dropped from KKR,” he tweeted. But this does not mean Modi will deny a place in next year’s planned auction to Ponting, who hasn’t appeared in an IPL tie after his four appearances in the inaugural edition.
“We will decide when it is time to decide,” Modi told HT. Reiterating IPL’s stand of not recognising any players’ association, Modi also blasted the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
“I have been sent messages through various quarters to entertain FICA president Tim May. Unfortunately we do not recognise FICA or any agents,” Modi tweeted. “South African players are touring India as we speak — security is fine for them now as provided by the Indian government. Australia tour India in October — will the Australian Cricketers’ Association dictate them not coming then? Doubt it.”