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Problems not over for ICL players

The Indian Cricket Board may have extended the olive branch by offering an amnesty to Indian Cricket League players, but it seems the Maharashtra Cricket Association is not happy with players changing sides for money, reports Bivabasu Kumar.

cricket Updated: Jul 14, 2009 23:05 IST
Bivabasu Kumar

The Indian Cricket Board may have extended the olive branch by offering an amnesty to Indian Cricket League players, but it seems the Maharashtra Cricket Association is not happy with players changing sides for money.

Maharashtra opener Dheeraj Jadhav, who opted for the amnesty offer to play for his state, finds himself out of favour and has applied for an NOC to make himself available for another side in the 2009/10 domestic season.

“There is no change in the attitude of the association. The MCA’s indifference forced me to join the ICL in 2005 and since then nothing has changed,” Jadhav said.

Jadhav, who returned from his stint with Lancashire on Monday, said he had told the MCA about his availability and had submitted an NOC from the ICL a month back. However, there has been no communication from the MCA and the cold vibes have forced him to explore other opportunities.

“When I was dropped from the state team in 2005, nobody bothered to explain why I was omitted. I was the second highest run-scorer for Maharashtra the previous year. Even now, the association is not bothered and so I have asked for an NOC. August 31 is the last date to apply for other states, and, therefore, the decision.”

MCA president Ajay Shirke confirmed Dheeraj’s application for an NOC, but in no uncertain terms slammed the player’s lack of commitment. “He has applied for an NOC saying he wants to play for Assam and I have agreed to it. He will get it in a day or two,” he said.