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Power with BCCI: Sharad Pawar

The BCCI President in a stern warning, said English counties were free to include players connected with ICL in their teams but BCCI would have the last laugh when it comes to a final decision.

cricket Updated: Jun 21, 2008 01:52 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sharad Pawar, in a stern warning, said English counties — expected to participate in the Champions League — were free to include players connected with unofficial Indian Cricket League in their teams but BCCI would have the last laugh when it comes to a final decision.

The strong statement is going to give a testing time to the England and Wales Cricket Board, which has allowed ICL players to play in its domestic circuit.

“This is not within the BCCI’s jurisdiction. They can do what they want. If any country takes any decision on this, they have every right to do so. They have the freedom to take a decision on the teams they choose to represent them (in the Champions League).

“But then, we also have the freedom to take our decision on the issue later,” Pawar told Cricinfo.

IPL chairman Lalit Modi has already said that teams with players associated with the rebel ICL would not be invited for the tournament “under any circumstance”.

ICC allows for shorter interval between innings

London: Cricket officials have moved quickly to avoid another abandoned game in England’s one-day series with New Zealand by amending the rules to allow for a shorter interval between innings.

The second of the five-match series was declared a no result on Wednesday at Edgbaston because of persistent rain. The match had initially been reduced from 50 to 24 overs a side. When the players walked off, New Zealand had only needed to face one more over to have the match count.

Many blamed the required 30-minute interval between the innings for the abandonment.

The England and Wales Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket asked the International Cricket Council to allow umpires to be able to shorten the interval to prevent a similar situation happening again. “Both ECB and New Zealand Cricket felt strongly that the regulation should be amended forthwith for the remainder of our series,” ECB chief executive David Collier said Friday.