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ICL challenges specific BCCI rules

ICL challenges in the High Court, the specific BCCI rules which prevents its players from participating in tournaments not orgnaised by the board.

cricket Updated: Oct 16, 2007 20:44 IST

The legal battle between the Essel Group-promoted ICL and the official cricket board BCCI has got more intense, with the former challenging in the Delhi High Court the specific BCCI rules which prevents its players from participating in tournaments not orgnaised by the board.

ICL filed the amendment application on high court's direction after BCCI objected that ICL had not explained the specific rules it wanted to challenge.

The application challenged the validity of BCCI's Rules and Regulations 34 which says that "no player registered with BCCI or its affiliate members shall participate in any unapproved tournament".

The clause also empowers the Board to take punitive action against the players for violating the rules.

"The Working Committee would take appropriate action, including suspension and stoppage of financial benefits against members for contravening these rules," the clause says.

The amended application also submitted that Rules and Regulation 33 prevents private organisation from organising international matches.

ICL has also challenged the legality of Clause 2 of player's registration form for Ranji Trophy seeking undertaking from the players that they would not participate in any tournament which is not approved by BCCI without its permission either in India and abroad.

While directing the ICL to file amended application, the High Court on September 28 had extended its interim order till October 22 when it would take up the matter for further hearing.