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First meeting of IPL Council on Oct 18

The inaugural meeting of the Cricket Board-promoted USD 3 million prize money Indian Premier (Twenty20) League’s Governing Council is to be held in Mumbai on October 18.

“This will be the first meeting of the IPL governing council. It’s a preliminary sitting,” a BCCI source said today, adding that IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi will be at its helm.

IPL, widely seen as the Board’s response to the rebel Indian Cricket League set up by Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group, recently announced that eight Sri Lanka players will be seen in action in the eight-team league to be held in April-May.

The Lanka players’ list includes captain Mahela Jayawardene, former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya and ace spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, all of whom are contracted with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board.

Aussie legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, as well as ex-New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming had earlier joined the IPL.

The League is to feature eight franchise teams in the first season with each team playing seven home and away games against one another.

Each franchise would have a playing squad of 16 players comprising BCCI registered players drawn from a central contract pool of Indian players.

Each team will feature under 21 players as well as designated players who could be contracted from the Indian team or overseas contracted players.

The four semi-finalists would be determined at the end of 56 games.

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