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'Players aligning with ICL warned'

The BCCI makes it clear that players signing up for the rebel league will be banned for life from playing for India.

cricket Updated: Aug 04, 2007 04:10 IST

With the Indian Cricket League stepping up its efforts to rope in star players, the BCCI on Friday made it clear that any cricketer who aligns with the rebel body will be banned for life from playing for India.



The Board also said that players signing up for the break-away league will also be barred from taking part in all domestic tournaments.



"Our stand is very clear. Players who take part in the ICL will never be eligible to play for the country again. It is upto the players to decide what they want to do", BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI in Mumbai.



Asked whether the ban would also be applicable for young players who have not played for the country yet, Shah said "definitely. It is applicable for all players."



Shah said the Board will take a decision on Kapil Dev's fate as the Chairman of National Cricket Academy at its General Body Meeting in Mumbai on August 21.



"The Board's General Body Meeting has been called where this issue will be discussed among a host of other issues," he said.



Taking a potshot at the ICL, Shah said the BCCI was not worried by the development as the league would attract veteran players only.



ICL, a brainchild of Subhash Chandra-owned Essel Group, have already signed up former West Indian captain Brian Lara for the series and are said to have approached many other former and current stars from different countries.