ICL players released, tourney still on
Even after releasing everyone wanting out, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) insisted on Wednesday that it wasn't stumps yet. The rebel league didn't confirm this but sources said 60 players and officials have sought a No Objection Certificate from it.
The NOC is an essential prerequisite to being accepted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
ICL business head Himanshu Mody said: “They (Indian and foreign players and coaches) wanted to leave us for the sake of their careers and we never wanted to stall their career growth.
However, he added, “the October tournament is very much on.” Modi also said he isn't bothered by the player-pool being left seriously depleted. “That has never been a worry for us. We have gone down to the grassroots, to villages and small towns where there's no dearth of talent,” he said. An official statement issued on behalf on its executive board said the ICL wouldn't wish to “exercise contractual authority to stall their dreams.”
KP out of Windies ODIs
London: Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the three ODIs against the West Indies because of an Achilles tendon injury. England officials said on Wednesday that the injury wasn't bad enough but it was necessary for him to have treatment to ensure he is fit for T20 World Cup and the Ashes series.
Lahore: Fitness concerns continued to plague pacer Shoaib Akhtar with Pakistan’s coach saying he would decide within 24 hours whether to pull him out of the World T20 team.