Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has revealed that he feared international cricket being “left behind” by the IPL given its growing popularity but the BCCI allayed his apprehension by promising not to expand the T20 event’s schedule for the next eight years.

“There was a very real chance that India would have gone on an IPL voyage and left world cricket behind. That was said more than once,” Edwards told ESPNcricinfo.

“…We have a commitment from them that IPL will not change during this eight-year cycle. Dates won’t change, the start date won’t change and the length of the tournament won’t change. They’ve given us that commitment and that was important to us.”PTI