Melbourne: The ICC will not consider creating an official window for the IPL in its Future Tours Programme, according to the outgoing ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat. The issue of clashing schedules has been apparent since the IPL began in 2008 and refuses to disappear, with this year's tournament forcing West Indies players to choose between the IPL and their home Test series against Australia.
Next year will be no different as New Zealand's cricketers, who can earn significantly more as an IPL player than they do via their national contracts, are due to visit England for a Test tour during the second half of the IPL. England's cricketers regularly have national duties that prevent them from playing a full IPL tournament.
But despite the risk of players choosing the IPL over representing their countries, the ICC remains opposed to the idea of incorporating the two-month tournament into the Future Tours Programme. Lorgat, whose tenure in charge of the ICC finishes at the end of June, said creating a window for the IPL would set a dangerous precedent.