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Modi wants blockbuster IPL season

The second edition of the Indian Premiere League would be a much bigger than its previous one, said chairman Lalit Modi in Goa on Thursday.

A total of 17 slots would be available for the different teams to bid for in the auction of the second edition of the Indian Premiere League, said Modi.

The IPL chairman said apart from the slots available, teams can bid for more players to replace the Pakistani players, who are banned from the Twenty20 league. Whereas he said no replacements would be possible in the mid-session

He said the IPL will follow new players of conduct in its second edition of the tournament.

In case of tied match, one over eliminator would be used, said Modi

He again said the IPL will follow the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) guidelines

In its second edition Mumbai Indians have three players to bid for, whereas Kolkata Knight Riders have 1 slot available to bid for.

The second player's auction of the DLF Indian Premier League will witness 114 cricketers from abroad under the hammer in Goa on February 6.

From South Africa's new batting sensation JP Duminy to England's Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, the auction will see an array of stars up for the auction for the second edition of the tournament that will kick off on April 10.

Australian players will lead the charge with 27 in the fray that include Bradd Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Stuart Clark, Bradd Hogg, Shaun Tait and Jason Krejza among others. However, Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke pulled out citing a busy international schedule.

England follows next with 21 players including Pietersen, Flintoff, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Shaun Udal, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swan and Owais Shah.

"As per guidelines set by the Governing Council for the IPL 2009, each franchisee will have a maximum purse of $2 million, less any amount spent on signing temporary replacements from last year to select the cricketers best suited for their team's strategies," according to a release from the organisers.

"Clearly the DLF Indian Premier League has set new standards in helping uncover and hone some exciting new talent, that have gone on to gain international recognition, all of which augurs well for development of world cricket. We are extremely happy with the interest the league has garnered globally and look forward to the action at the second player auction in Goa," Modi said.

source - indiatimes.com
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