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reverse_swing
May 23, 2009, 08:37 AM
Commissioner Lalit Modi is considering plans to stage two Indian Premier League tournaments a year - one in India and another shorter one overseas.
The IPL was forced to move this year because of security concerns in India.
But the event in South Africa has been so well received that Modi is exploring the possibility of taking the game into untapped markets across the globe.
"The IPL will be based in India but a second season will help us see if a market exists elsewhere too," he said.
<!-- E SF -->"The potential is huge. We have turned the challenges and adversities in moving to South Africa into an opportunity. It is fans who determine if you are successful or not and they have come out in force here.
"It has shown that the tournament can be in any region, in any country. This opens up many different opportunities for us."
The USA, where the ICC has advised cricket officials to install an IPL-style Twenty20 league, is one of the countries Modi is considering as a potential host.
"America throws up challenges but the format we have developed works. That will work anywhere," the IPL commissioner told the Daily Telegraph.
Modi also revealed he could yet take the tournament to England after they were overlooked in favour of South Africa to stage this year's event.
"Before this tournament we did not know if we could do it," Modi added. "But we do know now. We have to satisfy an appetite across the world and build a fan base across the world.
"We will talk to the England and Wales Cricket Board, and South Africa are natural allies who want us to come back every year.
"The public and the boards want us but it is not realistic to come back to the same place every year."
The rise of Twenty20 is set to continue with the launch of tournaments in England, and another event involving players from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

BBC >> (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/8065084.stm)

Ajfar
May 23, 2009, 09:39 AM
oh well there goes the test cricket/ODI cricket out the window..

sbanana
May 23, 2009, 10:27 AM
How to squeeze in so many games in a Calender year? Modi wants to kill test cricket for good it seems.

Purbasha T
May 23, 2009, 12:19 PM
Next time Modi goes to America, we should find some way to lock him up somewhere in Guantanamo.

Rabz
May 23, 2009, 12:53 PM
লেবু বেশি কচলাইলে তিতা হয়ে যায়

Murad
May 23, 2009, 12:54 PM
Jei haare 20/20 khela hoitese,, I don't think it will last long. People might lose all the interests in watching them.

mahbubH
May 23, 2009, 01:10 PM
Modi will kill the cricket. he should be stopped.

BD-Shardul
May 23, 2009, 04:16 PM
[বাংলা]মোদি বাবু, যা কামাইতেছেন, তাতে সন্তুষ্ট থাকেন। অতি লোভে তাঁতি নষ্ট [/বাংলা]

Abid_Khan
May 23, 2009, 08:43 PM
What is he thinking... jeez get a brain Modi

al-Sagar
May 23, 2009, 10:41 PM
alarming news for test and odi sricket

Spitfire_x86
May 24, 2009, 01:13 PM
The IPL is too long, it won't be bad if it was split into two tournaments. But I don't like the idea of 1.5x IPL matches.

One World
May 24, 2009, 01:15 PM
Modi esheche.

al Furqaan
May 24, 2009, 01:35 PM
good idea to spread cricket, especially to USA...but modi is just after money, and this is bad news for ODIs and Tests.

indian players association should protest as this risks their fitness for the more important matches.

bujhee kom
May 24, 2009, 01:54 PM
Modi is a podi, thus a complete idiot, no doubt!

mahbubH
May 25, 2009, 11:32 AM
Only way test cricket can survive if the following is happen:

England has to beat Australia in the coming ashes and they need to do suck in T20. We also need India to do well in test and BD do well in T20.

auntu
May 26, 2009, 05:00 AM
লেবু বেশি কচলাইলে তিতা হয়ে যায়

[বাংলা]শুধু তিতা না এরা তো ছোবড়া-ছাবড়া সব বের করতে চাচ্ছে। অসহ্যকর অবস্থা।[/বাংলা]