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Warne's chances of joining ICL 'slim'

cricket Updated: Aug 08, 2007 16:32 IST

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Days after projecting spin legend Shane Warne as their biggest catch, the Indian Cricket League suffered a setback as the Australian's manager revealed that he is unlikely to join the rebel series.

Warne's manager James Erskine said though the cricketer was considering the offer made by the league's organisers but his approval would depend on ICL getting BCCI's nod.

"I would think the chances are reasonably slim that Shane would do it (join ICL) because it's flying in the face of officialdom and I know he doesn't want to be part of anything that's not officially sanctioned," he added.

"He has made no decision about what he's going to do. There's the small thing about grounds not being made available, the Indian players not being available and being threatened with bans," Erskine was quoted as saying by The Australian.

The legendary leg-spinner is one among several former players being wooed by the rebel league, scheduled to take off with the Twenty-20 tournament in October.

ICL executive board member Tony Greig is reportedly trying to convince Warne but he remains sceptical about becoming a part of the Twenty20 series.

Warner's ex-teammate Glenn McGrath has also been approached and has shown a keen interest in taking up the offer.