ICC not to interfere in BCCI-ICL tussle
The International Cricket Council takes a policy decision to let the BCCI independently handle it.cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2007 18:08 IST
The International Cricket Council has taken a policy decision to let the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) independently handle the threat posed by rebel Indian Cricket League.
According to sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board who are privy to the last ICC executive board meeting held in London in June, the Indian delegation had given a complete briefing to the other members on the ICL.
"The ICL being launched by Zee Telefilms was discussed by the executive board members and they decided to not interfere in a matter which they felt was an internal matter of the Indian board."
"Basically the board members reposed confidence in the Indian board and its ability to handle the issue and any threat posed by the ICL to the ICC future tours programme," one source said.
The BCCI has not only refused to let out stadia for the ICL's inaugural Twenty20 competition later this year, but also threatened to ban players from representing the country in official tournaments. A similar strong stand has been taken by the Pakistan board as well.
Sources say the ICC is presently not too worried with the ICL as it is confident the BCCI can handle the situation.
"The ICC is also sitting pretty as it has got the signatures of all the Test playing nations on participating nations agreement to play in all the ICC tournaments till 2015."
However, in Pakistan there is a feeling that some players might eventually decide to join the ICL and there is also a general fear that behind the scenes the organisers of the league might be successful in signing on some current players given the lucrative sums they were dishing out.
Pakistan's pacer, Mohammad Asif claims to have turned down an offer of around 100 million from the ICL organisers as he is more than keen to play for his country.
Interestingly the Chairman of the Pakistan board, Nasim Ashraf and some other officials are due to visit Dubai shortly to meet ICC officials.
Although the word is that the meeting will revolve around the preparations for next year's ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan and security issues concerning touring sides, but sources have not ruled out discussion regarding the ICL and its possible repercussions on the ICC's future tours program.