BCCI to plan new roadmap for IPL sans Modi

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shashank-manohar.jpg' class='caption'> The BCCI top brass will have an informal meeting on Thursday with all the franchise owners to discuss the way forward and implement certain changes.

Updated: June 24, 2010 16:30 IST
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For the first time since Lalit Modi was suspended as chairman and commissioner of the IPL, the BCCI top brass including the new IPL chairman Chirayu Amin and the BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary N Srinivasan will have an informal meeting on Thursday with all the franchise owners to discuss the way forward and implement certain changes.

This is before the all-important IPL Governing Council meeting on Friday.

On the agenda of the meeting on Thursday are a few contentious issues including allowing franchise owners to retain certain Indian and foreign players.

"It's the first meeting of the BCCI office bearers with the IPL franchisee owners after the conclusion of the third season. That's all which can be said to the media," said Board's CAO, Prof. Ratnakar Shetty when asked about the agenda for the meeting.

NDTV has learnt that only 2 of the 10 franchise owners, including N Srinivasan who owns the Chennai Super Kings, are in favour of retaining players. While the IPL Governing Council had already passed this resolution certain franchise owners have expressed their unhappiness.

Another issue that will be discussed is the number of matches that will be played from IPL 4. After the addition of two new teams - Pune and Kochi, the matches were set to go up to 94 but the BCCI is not in favour of accommodating 34 extra matches, considering the hectic schedule of the Indian team before and after the IPL.

The 2011 World Cup, scheduled from February 19-April 2, is immediately preceding IPL 4 after the Indian team completes a home series against Australia and New Zealand followed by a tour of South Africa.

Though a visit to the West Indies is scheduled but not confirmed as per the ICC's Future Tours Programme in April-May, but it seems unlikely as the dates are set to clash with IPL.

A full tour of England, from July to September, is on the cards to leave the top Indian cricketers very little breathing time before and after the T20 League.

Therefore a compromise formula is likely to be struck to restrict the matches to 65.

The team owners are also divided on whether a cap on the monies to buy players should remain. For the past three years, Lalit Modi insisted on a cap, as he believed it would ensure a level-playing field, instead of some richer franchises walking away with the best players.

Number of players each team can have may also change. Some franchises have over 25 players in their squads. While there is a restriction in the number of foreign players per squad at 10, there is no limit on the number of uncapped Indian players per squad.

The decisions taken at the Governing Council meeting are set to come up for ratification at the Special General Meeting of the BCCI that has been convened by the Board on July 3.

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