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IPL founder warns England stars

By Simon Austin

IS Bindra and Kevin Pietersen
Bindra (left) wants Pietersen to sign with the ECB's blessing

Indian Premier League co-founder IS Bindra has warned England players not to reject their central contracts to take part in next year's competition.

England's centrally-contracted players have been told they cannot play in the IPL until 2010 at the earliest.

But Bindra does not want them to take matters into their own hands.

He told BBC Sport: "We will not have any player revolting against their establishment and becoming part of the Indian Premier League (IPL)."

England star Kevin Pietersen has described the ECB's stance as "ridiculous" and there has been speculation that England players could refuse to sign their contracts when they come up for renewal in September.

English players are currently the only international stars prevented from competing in the competition.

But Bindra, a former head of Indian cricket and the principal adviser to the ICC, is adamant that the IPL will work with the ECB to find a solution.

WHO'S PLAYING IN THE IPL - AND WHO ISN'T
ICC one-day batting rankings
1. G Smith (Rajasthan)
2. S Tendulkar (Mumbai)
3. R Ponting (Kolkata)
4. M Yousuf (NO)
5. M Hayden (Chennai)
6. M Hussey (Chennai)
7. K Pietersen (NO)
8. AB de Villiers (Delhi)
9. MS Dhoni (Chennai)
10. S Chanderpaul (Bang're)
ODI bowling rankings
1. D Vettori (Delhi)
2. N Bracken (Bangalore)
3. S Bond (NO)
4. C Vaas (Deccan)
5. K Mills (Punjab)
6. A Nel (NO)
7. D Powell (NO)
8. B Lee (Punjab)
9. M Muralitharan (Chennai)
10. J Taylor (NO)

He is planning to meet Clarke when the ECB chief arrives in India for the IPL inauguration ceremony in Bangalore on Thursday.

"We don't want to be a rebel league, we want to be part of the system with the support of the ECB," Bindra said.

"We are looking forward to meeting Giles Clarke and other members of the ECB during the inauguration in Bangalore.

"We can make adjustments, we can postpone our league by a couple of weeks.

"If we can find a solution, it will be in the interests of everyone involved, including the players.

"I am a born optimist and am sure every problem has a solution. I had a chat with Giles Clarke in Dubai. We are looking forward to having him over and continuing our informal discussions during the inauguration.

"The ICC have said they will try and find if they can find a permanent slot for the IPL. That will make it a lot easier for the players to know what the calendar is, what the options are. It will facilitate everyone going forward."

Dimitri Mascarenhas is the only English player who will be taking part in this season's IPL, although Surrey pair Alistair Brown and Mark Ramprakash turned down offers.

Bindra admits he would love to see the likes of Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff in the IPL.

"People in India love icon players, and they are certainly among the best eight or 10 players in the world," he said.

Vaughan feels the ECB will eventually allow England players to take part in the IPL

"We would love to see them as part of the league. Other than the English players, we have all 70 to 80 of the top ICC-ranked players."

The first match of the IPL will be between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

The eight franchises will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top four sides qualifying for semi-finals on 30 and 31 May.

The final will take place on 1 June in Mumbai.

Bindra said he was delighted with the "global stir" that the competition had created, but admitted he would wait to see how many spectators attended the matches before getting too carried away.

"At the end of the day, it depends how many bums are on seats and how many people are in the grounds," he said.

"That is where the major success of the tournament will lie. These are early days and the real sales pick up in India a few days before the match.

"In terms of marketing it's been a great success and we're looking forward to a wonderful tournament.

"I hope it's the beginning of a new milestone in the cricketing history of the world. In the long run, we will do a lot of good to cricket and make it truly a global sport, in terms of monetary rewards and monetary compensation.

"It's the first season and there will be a few hiccups, a few aberrations, but I'm sure it will settle down in a couple of years to a very smooth and very significant league that will become a prominent part of world cricket."


see also
Indian Premier League team guide
15 Apr 08 |  Cricket
Bransgrove backs Clarke over IPL
15 Apr 08 |  Hampshire
Counties in India's shadow
15 Apr 08 |  Counties
England IPL ban 'will not work'
09 Apr 08 |  England
ECB chief rejects Pietersen plea
07 Apr 08 |  England


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