In a major development concerning the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and its status, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has formed a five-member committee to discuss the matter.
The committee was set up after the issue concerning the ICL players playing in the English counties came into focus last week during the ICC Board meet in Dubai. Cricket authorities from India, England, Australia and South Africa met on the sidelines of the meet to discuss the proposed Twenty20 Champions League.
Speaking to the HT from Dubai, ICC spokesperson Brain Murgatroyd, said, "The five-member committee has been set up to look into the matter."
The committee includes ECB chairman Giles Clarke, Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse, BCCI president-elect Shashank Manohar, IPL chairman and BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi and ICC's senior counsel (business and commercial) David Becker.
Murgatroyd did not spell out the precise timeframe for a possible decision or the agenda before the committee, and only said, "It will be decided by the committee and the outcome will be in the best interest of the game."
But considering that there are as many as 25 ICL players playing for 15 English counties, their participation in the forthcoming Champions League tournament in September in India, has come under the cloud with the Board of Control for Cricket in India persisting with its hardline stand on the matter. Earlier, Modi had specified that cricketers associated with the ICL could play even in the domestic tournaments that serve as the qualifying stages for the Champions League.
Though, BCCI president Sharad Pawar had mellowed down a bit stating that the BCCI would not interfere in the participation of any team in the proposed Champions' League Twenty20 tournament, he did say the BCCI would have the final say on the matter. "This is not within the BCCI's jurisdiction. But then, we also have the freedom to take our decision on the issue later," Pawar had said last month.
But, the latest development has come as a boost for the ICL. Former India wicketkeeper and the league's executive board member, Kiran More, said, "I will definitely be following the developments of the committee closely. Hope the outcome is positive."