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ICC may revise FTP to accommodate IPL
April 08, 2008 12:47 IST
Newly appointed International Cricket Council chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat has hinted that the international cricket calendar may be revised to make room for the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
Lorgat, who will take over from Malcolm Speed as the ICC CEO in July, said it is hard to ignore the league and the game's governing body is more than willing to tinker with the Future Tours Program (FTP) to accommodate it in the international calendar.
"The IPL is something that is exciting and can be used to enhance and grow the game around the globe. Cricket is unique in that we have three formats now, and that can be used to attract new fans. If we need to revisit the FTP, we will do that," Lorgat told Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald.
Lorgat allayed fears that Twenty20 would kill Test and one-day cricket and said all three forms could survive if the number of games is managed properly.
"If well managed, I think all three forms of the game are sustainable. It's just about finding the right balance," he said.
On the other issues facing the game, most prominently umpiring, the standard of which raised considerable storm this summer, Lorgat said the ICC is exploring new technologies to make the on-field officials' job easier.
"It is important to assist the umpires, not replace them. They have an incredibly difficult and important job, and they should be offered help wherever possible," he said.
"I do not know yet all the factors that have been considered by the ICC, but would suspect that, where it makes sense, technology should be used to help the umpires," he added.