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Gilchrist says ICL may be good for cricket

Australia’s Adam Gilchrist feels that the Indian Cricket League (ICL) might end up as a positive development for the game.

cricket Updated: Aug 29, 2007 10:28 IST

Australia’s Adam Gilchrist feels that the Indian Cricket League (ICL) might end up as a positive development for the game. Gilchrist did not see anything bad in the rebel league, which does not have the recognition from the International Cricket Council.

"I don't see it as a particularly bad news story. Competition in the market place is always healthy," Gilchrist said. "And if that helps establish a better bond between players and the respective boards in the other countries it's great," he said.

Bengal ignores ICL recruits

The six Bengal players (Deep Dasgupta, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Sayed Akhlakh Ahmed, Shiv Sagar Singh, Subhojit Paul and Subhomoy Das) who joined the ICL recently, were on Tuesday kept out of the 16-member state squad for the Moin-ud-Daula trophy in Hyderabad next month. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Sourasish Lahiri were omitted due to poor fitness.

Shastri among Warne's picks

Former Test players Ravi Shastri and Dilip Vengsarkar found glorious mention as retired Australian leggie Shane Warne announced the first instalment of his list of 50 great players. Warne, in his column for The Times, announced the first batch of cricketers he ranked from 41-50, which had Shastri at 42 and Vengsarkar at 46.

'For Warne, we’ll stop Murali!'

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said stopping Muttiah Muraitharan from breaking Shane Warne’s record for most Test wickets will be a major goal for them when the Sri Lankans tour them later this year. "If we do that, we go a long way towards winning the series," Ponting said. Muralitharan is eight short of equalliing Warne’s record of 708 wickets.