Ponting's absence will not affect IPL: Modi

IPL chairman Lalit Modi reacted on Ricky Ponting's pull-out saying the T20 league would not get poorer by his absence.

updated: February 20, 2009 12:25 IST
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Indian Premier League would not be the poorer by the absence of one or two of the world's top players, said the Twenty20 League's chairman Lalit Modi to the pull-out of Australia captain Ricky Ponting from this year's edition in April-May.

"The pulling out of one or two players will not affect the IPL which is much bigger. The players are also chosen by the teams based on their FTP (Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council) commitments," Modi told reporters here on Friday.

"The IPL is structured around the FTP. It's designed in such a way that even while teams have a maximum of ten foreign players (on their rolls) only four can play a time," Modi said, adding that despite foreign players coming in and going out they had performed well last year.

Ponting, who has been contracted with the Kolkata Knight Riders, has written in his newspaper column that he will skip this year's IPL in order to focus on international commitments.

"My country comes first and there was no way I could give my all for Australia if I used the only two-week break we have to go and play in India," Ponting wrote in his column.

Modi said that the IPL schedule was ready but he was waiting for the announcement of Lok Sabha elections by the Election Commission before making it public.