ICL players wait for board nod
Indian cricket League players looking to turn out in the Indian Premier League have to wait a bit longer before they can sign contracts with franchisees. Even though a few IPL teams are keen to sign up some of them, they can't sign on the dotted line yet, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2009 22:57 IST
Indian cricket League players looking to turn out in the Indian Premier League have to wait a bit longer before they can sign contracts with franchisees. Even though a few IPL teams are keen to sign up some of them, they can't sign on the dotted line yet.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will put in place a "system" and the players will become eligible to join IPL teams only after going through it. IPL chairman Lalit Modi has already informed the teams that they aren't allowed to complete any contract with former ICL players until further communication.
"Yes we received an e-mail from Mr Modi on Thursday in which he has instructed us not to pen deals with these players," said the CEO of a high-profile team. It's not clear at the moment what condition, if any, the board has in mind. "Mr Modi hasn't specified what criteria these players have to fulfil," the official said.
Even the BCCI isn't willing to disclose its plans. "It's correct that they can't sign contracts now. We will formulate a system and these players will be allowed to sign only after that," the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan told HT.
"Whatever the system is, it will be transparent. We are in no hurry to finalise it since we have lots of time to address the issue (the next IPL is scheduled for March 2010)," was all that Srinivasan had to say about the "system".
This means that players like Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, G Vignesh and R Sathish, who are in demand, can’t sign contracts just yet.
The BCCI's silence on what it wants has set off speculation that of a salary cap for ex-ICL players. "The BCCI may not like the idea of these players having the best of both worlds. They had shunned the board for big bucks and have come back only after that source has dried up," said a team official.