Ponting calls for IPL window
Source - sportal.com.au
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has again called for a window on the international calendar for the Indian Premier League after the astronomical figures bid for players in Wednesday's auction.
However, the ICC said no such window would be considered or created prior to 2012 when the current Future Tour Program expired.

Wednesday's auction saw the eight IPL franchises splash out nearly $40million to acquire players for the 45-day tournament.

Ponting said the ICC needed to consider the IPL in future scheduling otherwise players could sacrifice their international careers chasing the large sums of cash available in the IPL.

"I think everyone now understands with the amount of money that's being bandied around and spent over the last couple of days then there is going to be some tough decisions to be made for international cricketers," he said.

"For the betterment of the game worldwide and international cricket then the ICC and the home bodies really do have to look at how to make this thing fit in because if it doesn't fit into an international program then you could see the loss of lots of Test and one-day players giving it all up to play in the Twenty20 tournament."

Ponting, who was sold for a surprisingly low $436,000 to Kolkata where he will be reunited with former national coach John Buchanan, said explosive batsmen and all-rounders were at the top of the menu for the cashed up franchises.

Ponting's price tag was significantly lower than that of David Hussey ($738,000) and Cameron White ($546,000). Both players are explosive hitters who can also bowl.

"It's no coincidence the two highest price tags went to (Mahendra) Dhoni and (Andrew) Symonds, who are two guys that will adapt to the game brilliantly," Ponting said.

"The other group of players I think is the all-rounders."

"You can see where the logic came from with the franchises."

The skipper, who admitted he was disappointed he had not been bought for a higher price, said the bids in the auctions would be a subject of mirth rather than envy within the Australian dressing room.

"There's probably only me and Matty (Hayden) who would have any reason to be jealous of anybody else and Matty and I aren't those sort of people," he said.