The Delhi High Court’s judgement ordering state-run firms not to take action against the players who join the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has put them in a quandary. Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) such as the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Indian Airlines (IA), who have teams comprising top-level cricketers, have been left with no choice but to allow their employees to join the ICL.
Speaking to HT, secretary of ONGC’s cricket club, Feroze Gyas, said: “Our sports policy is unequivocal about this issue. It’s either the ICL or the job. However, we now have to reassess the situation.”
Though no ONGC player has jumped ship and joined the ICL, there are rumours doing the rounds that more than a few players have received offers.
Asked what ONGC would do if any of its players were approached, Vyas said: “We will have to sit with our legal department and reach a solution.”
The secretary of another PSU also admitted that they will have to rethink their stand. “We have not thought about our next step… Though none of our players have joined the ICL, a few of them have received offers,” he said.
“We’ll have to weigh the pros and cons of the situation and then come to a conclusion,” he added.