Australia had approached five of its most valuable cricketers to sign long-term contracts with the board in exchange for giving up the prospect of playing the Indian Premier League, it comes to light that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is busy planning a triangular series in Florida, featuring Australia and England.
International Cricket Council (ICC), riding on the recent sidelining of India at the governing body’s Board meeting, Australia have been busy convincing its cricketers to sign a three-year contract with the board and forgo playing the IPL during that period.
ICC’s independent chairman, Shashank Manohar, who is clearly not a fan of the IPL, has been invited by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to watch the final on May 21 and one has to wait and see if the Indian cricket board will take up these matters with him.
The CoA had convinced members of the BCCI to not have a confrontational approach in the matter involving the ICC and led by ex-CAG Vinod Rai, the administrators had personally met member boards of the ICC a month ago to “negotiate” revenue and governance policies.
While the CoA clearly believes that the well-being of cricket should be kept in mind at all times, it is also of the strong belief that no harm should come to the IPL. “That is one of the reasons why the administrators did not want a confrontational approach with the ICC, so that the IPL can be protected,” a CoA member said.