New Delhi:IPL franchises will be able to trade players early next year ahead of the 2009 season, Lalit Modi, Chairman of the hugely successful tournament disclosed on Sunday.
"There will be a transfer window open early next year just ahead of the 2009 season to enable franchises trade players and bring in the ones they require," he said in an interview.
Stating that he had been "overwhelmed" by the success of the Twenty20 competition, Modi also disclosed that certain innovations would be introduced in the tournament.
"One of the innovation to be introduced next year would be orange neon ball. This would, however, depend on how successful the trials of the same are," he said.
"This year we already introduced the Orange and Purple Cap innovations and the Kingfisher Team Fair Play award and will look at continuing with this tradition of innovation in the subsequent leagues," he added.
Modi said the second season of IPL was not possible before the 2011 ODI World Cup, to be co-hosted by the Asian cricketing nations.
"The second season as of now is a very distant possibility and will not take place definitely until after the 2011 World Cup given the FTP commitments of the Test playing nations and India.
"By then, I firmly believe, IPL would have already established itself as a major event and carved a niche for itself on the international cricketing calender."