Reluctant ICC mulls window for T20 leagues

Only England-New Zealand and West Indies-Sri Lanka have series clashing with the IPL this time. But teams do prepare for upcoming important clashes just like the Ashes 2013. Mitchell Starc was one casualty who opted out of IPL 2013 auctions.

updated: February 02, 2013 13:20 IST
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It was 2008 when a T20 league in India took the world by storm and changed the dynamics of cricket all over. It has been 5 years since and sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is beckoning. The International Cricket Council (ICC) now though, seems to have softened its stance regarding the booming T20 leagues all over the world.

It is often forgotten that Twenty20 begin in England in 2003. It then spread out to Pakistan, Australia and West Indies before coming to India in the form of a rebel league, the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Now there are leagues in New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa and even Bangladesh.

The impact that IPL had though, was unprecedented. Players, struck by money power, were willing to shun national colours for T20 moolah. The saga continues and there are professional T20 players like Alfonso Thomas, Dirk Nannes who play in T20 leagues all over.

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