No plan to terminate IPL contracts of Aus players: Modi


"Media reports appearing today, stating that the IPL is threatening to tear up and throw away contracts of overseas players are absolutely untrue and baseless," Modi said in a statement.

"We are aware that this year a part of the IPL Season 2010 does overlap with domestic tournaments and given that this is a one-off situation, we will be considerate," the IPL chief said.

"While the IPL can ask the players to fulfill their contractual obligations, we want to work out a constructive solution with the consent of all the cricket boards to resolve the issue at the earliest," he added.
It was in stark contrast to what appeared in Australian media today.

Last round of Australia's premier domestic tournament Sheffield Shield clashes with the third IPL which starts on March 12 and some of the state teams, like Victoria, are reluctant to release players for the Twenty20 league in India.

'The Australian', however, quoted Modi as saying that even though he was hopeful for a solution, he did not rule out terminating the contracts of the Australians.
"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.

Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide has already made it clear that he expected his cricketers to play in Sheffield Shields.
"Clearly we will expect our players to compete for Victoria," Dodemaide said.

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