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Boards will follow BCCI now: Gillespie

cricket Updated: May 01, 2009 01:12 IST
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Former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie said the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) amnesty offer for Indian Cricket League (ICL) players will motivate other boards to do the same.

Speaking to HT from Sydney, Gillespie said: "Earlier, no one dared to reconsider an ICL player fearing a BCCI backlash. After this decision, a lot will change. The cooling period depends upon individual cricket boards. So cricketers from
Bangladesh, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa, who have age, can once again play for their countries."

Despite the BCCI's reservations, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) had expressed willingness to get back some ICL players. "They (New Zealand Cricket) have long expressed their desire to get back Shane Bond and Daryl Tuffey. Both these guys have the age and potential in them. It's not necessary that they will adhere to the one-year cooling period. I am sure they will try to get them back early."

Now, more boards will follow. The Bangladesh Cricket Board too is mulling lifting the ban on ICL players after India's decision. "India took the decision in line with a directive from ICC and we will also consider the same in our next board
meeting on May 9," BCB vice-president Mahbubul Anam said.

Speaking from Dubai, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salim Altaf said: "We have heard the BCCI's decision and will chalk down our own plans as soon as we get back."

Staying on
Gillespie also said the ICL is a wonderful opportunity for players like him to continue after retirement.

"Tournaments like the ICL are only windows to keep our passion for the game going. It is illogical for the ICC to not recognise such tournaments. Isn't it the ICC's duty to promote cricket? The decision will only benefit the youngsters who are caught in the BCCI-ICL crossfire."

The Ahmedabad Rockets player said he still has two years with the ICL and will see it through. "I will respect my contract. There have been a few hiccups with payments, but the ICL has always cleared our dues. These are hard times and there have been a few issues. I am sure the event will go on."