Special Correspondent

Mumbai: The Pakistan players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been set a stiff four-day deadline in order to be part of the DLF-IPL season III 2010.

To begin with, their participation has to be confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) through a no objection certificate. Moreover, they have to get clearance from the Pakistan Government and also obtain relevant visas by November 20. The conditions have been drawn primarily to make the Pakistan players available for trading of players by the franchises for the next season.

The trading window has been set between November 23 and January 5, 2010. The IPL has taken the decision following a three-day workshop of IPL stakeholders in Bangkok.

The IPL will conduct the pre-season III auction in Mumbai on January 19, 2010 and the eight franchises have been allowed to spend $750,000 each to buy new players. It has been decided that there will be a re-auction for all the players for Season IV in 2011.

Each team will be allowed four fielding substitutes, rather than the lone 12th man. This has been done to fall in line with the new ICC Standard Playing Conditions (Nomination of Players).

The IPL has also decided that any ball bowled above waist height regardless of the speed will be declared a no-ball. Among decisions taken at the workshop are: To test pink balls in the practice matches and sessions in partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), run season III under the ICC’s ACSU (Anti Corruption and Security) guidelines with ACSU officers deployed at all the venues managing all aspects of player dressing room access and to follow the BCCI Anti-Doping policy for Season 2010.

The press release also said that expansion of the league from eight to ten teams from 2011 was adopted with seven of the eight franchises in favour of the increase in the number of teams.

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