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ICC authorises BCCI to decide on ICL

The ICC on Sunday virtually authorised the BCCI to decide on the Indian Cricket League's plea for official recognition.

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2009 00:56 IST

The ICC on Sunday virtually authorised the BCCI to decide on the Indian Cricket League's plea for official recognition, saying member countries would determine if a match or tournament within their territory is "approved or disapproved".

The ICC Board on the second-day of its two-day meeting here agreed to new regulations governing domestic cricket events and "approved/disapproved" cricket, refusing to lift the ban on the players taking part in "disapproved" tournaments.

The new regulations come after recommendations from a working party consisting of former Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse, England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI president Shashank Manohar, vice-president Lalit Modi and ICC's head of Legal David Becker. "The rationale for the new regulations was the need for clarity over how and who decides if an event is approved or disapproved and the sanctions applicable if there are any breaches of those regulations. "It was agreed that a host member could determine if a match or tournament within its territory was approved or disapproved. The ICC would also be given power to make such a determination in a non-member territory," an ICC statement said.

"It was also agreed that no members, members' players, coaches or match officials could participate in disapproved cricket," the statement added. "It was agreed that no foreign player could take part in domestic cricket unless he obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC) from his home board.

CT taken away from Pakistan

Pakistan will not host the 2009 Champions Trophy after the International Cricket Council revoked the rights on security grounds. The ICC board announced on Sunday that ongoing concerns from several of the eight teams due to compete in the already rescheduled limited-overs tournament prompted the decision.