The Indian Premier League T20 cricket chairman has said that West Indies’ players won’t face any ban from the lucrative tournament after they pulled out midway through their tour of India. The IPL governing council also announced that the next season of the IPL will be played between April 9 and May 24. The World Cup final in Australia is on March 29, giving players a 10-day gap between the two tournaments, which is more than the five-day break they got in 2011.
“It depends upon them (West Indies players). If they want to play IPL they are welcome,” Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, said in Hyderabad, where the BCCI’s emergency working committee met to discuss the fallout of West Indies pulling out of the India tour last week.
On Monday one of the WICB directors was quoted in Media reports that he would like the BCCI to ban the core group of the players, who were instrumental in West Indies aborting the India tour, permanently from the IPL. The director felt it was a “just measure” after the players had “embarrassed” the Caribbean and brought “collective shame” by deciding to leave the India tour mid-way.
But Biswal said the issue of participation of West Indies players had not at all come up for discussion. One of the Biswal’s colleagues on the governing council reiterated the BCCI stance on not holding the players responsible for the debacle. “It is all because of the arrogance of the WICB such a thing has happened. The players cannot be blamed.”
The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday began damage control saying it was setting up a task force to assess the fallout and make recommendations. The Board also said it was to have a debriefing with the team’s management but made no reference to the squad that comprised 15 players with Dwayne Bravo as captain and lead player in the team’s war of words from India with both the Board and the players’ union, WIPA.