ICC Stumped over ICL row

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/7902848.stm; http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/cricket/pakistan-court-suspends-ban-on-rebel-icl-players/2009/02/03/1233423175195.html ; http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/feb/12/indian-cricket-league-twenty20-cancelled


Looks like the row between the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to rumble on. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has failed to broker a deal between the two sides and it is now down to the ICC Board meeting in April in Dubai to reach a solution.


The row stems over recognition of Twenty20 competitions and in particular the BCCI’s refusal to allow the ICL to have “unofficial cricket status” as it is a rival tournament to the Indian Premier League. (The ICL was created by Subhash Chandra (founder of satellite channel – Zee TV) after his bids for Indian cricket rights were constantly rejected). The BCCI has even gone so far as to issue a life ban to any Indian player competing in the ICL.


While the Pakistan Cricket Board, has taken a similar stance and banned 19 Pakistani players from playing in the domestic Pakistan league after they agreed to play in the ICL, the provincial Sindh high court has now overturned the ban. The court’s ruling does not apply to International team selection however.


The ICL was due to start this month, however the global economic crisis has forced the tournament to be postponed, possibly until November.

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