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Modi takes tough stance over IPL contracts

IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has threatened to terminate the contracts of Australian players who will miss the start of the IPL in March to play domestic cricket in Australia.

Modi will go further and ban any Australian state team from next years Twenty20 Champions League if they fail to release their players for the IPL.

The IPL starts on Friday, March 12th 2010 and this clashes with the last round of the Sheffield Shield in Australia. Modi has always allowed players to miss IPL games to play international cricket but not for domestic games.

“The IPL 2010 season is in March-April, when a lot of domestic tournaments will still be on. This is a one-off situation. The IPL requires No-Objection Certificates from the home boards for players to participate in IPL.”

“This was essentially done to protect the FTP (Future Tours Program) commitments. However, this (NOC) does not include domestic tournaments” Modi said.

“A worst-case scenario could mean penalties on such players, including termination of contracts, jeopardising future participation. However, we do not want to walk that path and are hopeful to sort this through discussions with the boards” Modi said in a interview with the Australian.

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