Strategy breaks will continue in the IPL
Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has admitted that the 'strategy breaks' in the ongoing second season have not gone down too well with a section of players but insisted that the experiment will continue.
The seven-and-half-minute break at the end of every 10 overs has been criticised for slowing down the pace of the game with some players complaining that it was also disturbing their rhythm.
Modi said he was aware of the issues raised by players and would consider the suggestions.
"Some players feel one way and others feel the other. We will evolve over the time. Some players want two-minute breaks like in America. We are going to test it out and see," Modi told an Indian TV channel.
Organisers claim that the strategy breaks were introduced this season to allow teams time to make their plans in the middle of the game.
But critics argue that the breaks were meant to increase revenue by giving away slots to advertisers.
Star players like Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar have given a thumbs down to the idea, saying that the breaks have only broken the momentum of the matches. Meanwhile, Modi said Kings XI Punjab, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by Duckworth/Lewis method last night, want the system scrapped.
Not pleased with Bangalore Royal Challengers captain Kevin Pietersen's dissent on an umpiring decision, Lalit Modi has asked players to behave like role models and uphold the spirit of cricket.
"Every incident in IPL is being closely monitored ... We have a zero-tolerance policy on player indiscipline and will take all necessary steps to ensure that the game is played in the true spirit of cricket," Modi said after Pietersen was let off with a warning for showing dissent on Australian umpire Simon Taufel's LBW decision against him in an IPL match against Chennai Super Kings.
"Cricketers need to realise that they are huge role models for an entire generation of youth and it is crucial for youngsters all over the world to learn the values of this great game and the spirit in which it should be played. The eyes of the world are on the DLF Indian Premier League and we want to see cricket, and the spirit of cricket, at its best," he said.