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>"IPL will not run beyond seven weeks" says IPL chairman Lalit Modi

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“IPL will not run beyond seven weeks”

The IPL will not run beyond seven weeks as extending it would “hurt other forms of cricket”, says IPL chairman Lalit Modi.

“We are going to have the current limitation (in the IPL’s duration), and we are happy to live with that. Then (if we make it a longer tournament) you are going to starting to hurt the other forms of the game,” Modi said.

“We chose the window specifically to be off-season in India, April-May are typically off season in India … I don’t think we are going to be able to change that,” he added.

The IPL will have 94 matches in the 2011 season but Modi said the tournament will only be 51 days long.

“It’s (next season) only over seven weeks instead of six, it’s over 51 days instead of 46, we have done the scheduling, we just have to announce it.”

Modi reiterated that Test cricket remains a priority for the BCCI.

“Test cricket is our bread and butter which people don’t understand, we are never going to compromise on Test cricket,” he told ‘Cricinfo’.

“When I talked about, you know, (how) we have to do something about Test cricket, it’s in the other countries that Test cricket is going down. In India, our ratings are going up, we have been tracking that year by year, in fact, we get paid highest for Test cricket,” Modi said.

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March 9, 2010 - Posted by | 2010, Cricket News, Indian Premier League, IPL News, Lalit Modi

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