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    NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) may finally have a window, albeit an unofficial one, for the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to a leading cricket website, the working draft of the Future Tour Programme (FTP) for 2012 to 2020 contains an official window in September for the Champions League T20 each year, and also leaves space for an unofficial IPL window in April and May. This makes it possible for most players from most nations to participate in the league, taking care of the club-vs-country debate.

    Players from across the world have been clamouring for a separate window for IPL and there was a growing feeling in the cricket fraternity that a space for IPL in the calendar was inevitable.

    This proposal, if okayed by the ICC board, will help raise IPL's profile further as many of those who had to stay away from the T20 jamboree because of national commitments, will now be able to display their wares.

    However, most top players from England may have to keep bypassing IPL as they have international commitments during the IPL months almost every year, according to the draft. West Indies cricketers may also find it difficult to balance their country duties with IPL because of what the draft FTP has in store for them.

    Meanwhile, India are scheduled to host Pakistan for a Test series in 2013, the first time after 2007, according to draft FTP which would be finalised in the world body's annual conference in Hong Kong starting Sunday.

    Beyond the 2013 tour, particulars of other series between the two countries were vague with neither the host nation nor the number of games were specified in the FTP, which will run from 2012 to 2020. India also play fewer Test matches than England and Australia in the eight-year period though the world champions would be the busiest team in ODIs, according to the website. These are, draft proposals and the final numbers may be different.

    The draft has a clear division among the Test-playing countries with England, Australia and India scheduled to play the most Tests, followed by Sri Lanka and South Africa. According to the FTP, the website says, England will play 99 matches over the next eight years, Australia 92 and India 90. Sri Lanka and South Africa will play 76 and 74 Tests respectively. They are followed by the West Indies and New Zealand with 66 Tests each and Pakistan with 65 followed by Bangladesh (42) and Zimbabwe (41).

    The ODIs are more evenly distributed. India will play the most with 166 matches, 89 of which are away games. Zimbabwe have the fewest at 64, of which 37 are at home. All other countries play between 100 and 160 games. In the T20 format, most teams are scheduled to play between 30 to 55 matches. India have a comfortable window for the IPL in most years but in 2014 they are scheduled to tour Bangladesh for three ODIs in May, and then start a five-Test series in England, leaving a three-week gap for the tournament.
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    India wants to exclude Pakistan from every game, especially cricket: Mani

    LAHORE: Former ICC president Ehsan Mani has accused "archrival" India of trying to exclude Pakistan from every game. "India is an archrival of Pakistan which wants to exclude Pakistan from every game, especially in cricket, and to conquer major games of the world by investing money in them," Mani said from London. He also alleged that BCCI president Shashank Manohar did not want Pakistani players to take part in the IPL.

    Mani also blasted Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) officials, saying that till they were part of the board, no betterment could be seen there.

    "No team is ready to visit Pakistan, and this situation will continue till the internal situation of Pakistan will not get better," he said in reply to a question.

    The ICC meetings in Hong Kong will start with the chief executive committee meeting on June 26 and 27, followed by the executive board meeting June 28 and 29 and the full council meeting of the world body follows on June 30.
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