Clarke considers English version of IPL

14 April 2008
England cricket boss Giles Clarke has revealed he is prepared to consider proposals for a domestic version of the Indian Premier League. The IPL has attracted some of the world's top stars but Dimitri Mascarenhas will be the only Englishman competing in the tournament.England's centrally contracted players are prohibited from playing in the IPL but Clarke is now hoping to launch the EPL by 2010.

He told the BBC: "We believe that we can set up a spectator-friendly, economically sustainable competition of our own.

"(But) We don't want a knee-jerk reaction to the IPL."

The idea has received the backing of IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who says he has no problem with the tournament as long as it does not clash with the Indian showpiece event.

"As long as an English Premier League was not played at the same time as ours, then I see no problem with partnership," said the Indian Cricket Board vice-president. "I think it's a good idea."