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No compromise on Indian participation: Modi

In a chat with Subhash Rajta, IPL commissioner Lalit Modi says the league wants to give maximum opportunity to our domestic players.

india Updated: May 06, 2009 00:56 IST
Subhash Rajta

The success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has emboldened its commissioner Lalit Modi. Even as he stressed that IPL will return to India next season and will continue to be held there, he didn’t rule out the idea of having some matches of the tournament outside India sometime in future.

Taking IPL out of India

There’s already pressure on us to take it to other countries, but it will be held only in India. We can have some other version of it running in some other place. As for US and China, we might expand the IPL or have a few-week separate tournament there. We might even shift the Champions League there.

More foreigners in XI

The demand has been made earlier also and has been rejected every time, and will continue to be rejected. We want to give maximum opportunity to our domestic players, and there won’t be any compromise on that.

On a window in FTP

We will never ask for a window for IPL in the FTP. In the absence of a window, we have a perfect format where players keep coming and going, thereby making the competition more exciting.

The strategic break

The strategic break will see a couple of changes from the play-off stage from this year itself. We will see some changes from the semi-finals this season.

Two 12th men

We now have two 12th men in the tournament. One 12th man would be a foreigner, and the other would be an Indian to ensure there are only four foreigners on the field at a time.

Next year’s dates

The tournament will be held in March and April next year. The dates will be announced shortly.