IPL aligns it­self with na­tional board

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NEW DELHI: The In­dian Premier League says all of its play­ers must make them­selves avail­able for their na­tional teams as a con­di­tion of join­ing the league, negat­ing a pos­si­ble clash be­tween the lu­cra­tive Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion and the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar.

Or­gan­is­ers said no player would be al­lowed to play in the IPL if he skipped an offi- cial Test or lim­ited-overs se­ries with his na­tional team in or­der to join the In­dian com­pe­ti­tion, Press Trust of In­dia re­ported yes­ter­day.

PTI quoted IPL chair­man Lalit Modi as say­ing all na­tional cricket boards had been no­ti­fied of the new reg­u­la­tion.

The IPL has set an Au­gust 25 dead­line for all its eight fran­chises to dis­close the con- tracts they have signed with var­i­ous play­ers. The IPL said it would “up­date the player reg­istry and pub­lish a fi­nal list of reg­is­tered play­ers with the league on Au­gust 27.”

The IPL also ad­vised its fran­chises to deal di­rectly with play­ers, and avoid us­ing agents for hir­ing play­ers.

The third sea­son of the IPL will be held from March 12 to April 25. – Sapa-AP

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