'BCCI to reveal Twenty20 plans soon'
Turning the heat on ICL, Sharad Pawar said the Board will soon make its own Twenty20 plans public in 10-15 days.Updated: Sep 10, 2007, 14:13 IST
Turning the heat on the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), BCCI President Sharad Pawar said the Board would announce its own Twenty20 plans in the next 10-15 days.
Pawar, who watched India beat England in the fifth one dayer in Leeds at Headingley on Sunday, derided ICL, calling it a "purely commercial proposition" and said the Board would soon make its own Twenty20 plans public.
"The BCCI has been working for the past two years on this tournament that will involve current players, newcomers, retired players and foreign players. We will be announcing our plans in the next 10-15 days," he said.
Pawar also dismissed ICL as an outright business venture and dismissed any potential threats from the breakaway league. "We don't see any threat from the ICL," he asserted, adding "The ICL is a purely commercial proposition. It doesn't do what the BCCI does for cricket at all levels in India."
The BCCI chief also repeated the warning to defecting players that joining ICL would close the Team India door for them. "The players associated with the BCCI have to choose in which direction they want to go," he said.
Happy with the way Team India is performing in absence of a permanent coach, Pawar said the Board was not in a hurry to fill the void left by Greg Chappell, especially with bowling and fielding coach Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh doing a decent job.
"Our experience with the present team of two coaches, one for fielding and one for bowling, together with the senior players is that it has delivered good results and we are happy with that," he said.