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Miandad asks PCB to recognise ICL

The former Pak captain urges the board to recognise the league to prevent it from turning bigger like the Kerry Packer series.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2007 16:51 IST


Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad has asked the country's Cricket Board to recognise the rebel Indian Cricket League to prevent it from snowballing into something bigger like Kerry Packer World series of nearly 30 years ago.

"I don't think this policy of banning players is going to work practically. Since the ICL is not something which the governments have objected to, I think any player can go to court and challenge any ban on him to play in and for his country," Miandad said.

"The International Cricket Council and its member boards need to take the ICL seriously. Because it has the potential like the Kerry Packer series to snowball into something big," he said.

Pakistan has announced to ban the players aligning with the ICL after former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Farhat signed up to play in the breakaway Indian league in its initial season.

Miandad said a sense of uncertainty, lack of financial security and an absence of a proper cricket system in Pakistan had led to four leading players joining the rebel ICL.

"Every player has to look to his future and security. In Pakistan there is no financial security for your retirement days."

Miandad, who played in the Packer series and appeared in 124 Tests for his country, said the ICL could serve as a flashpoint between international players and the ICC and its member boards.

"For sometime now the players have been complaining of excessive cricket and not enough wages. The ICL offers them an alternative," said Miandad.

Former West Indian captain Brian Lara and South Africans, Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje, have also signed on for the ICL.

A parallel World Series cricket was launched by late Australian business magnate Kerry Packer in the late 70s after he was refused exclusive television rights of Australian cricket by the establishment.

The Packer series that featured some of the world's best players later led to a revolution in traditional cricket with the introduction of coloured clothing and day and night one-day matches.

First Published: Aug 22, 2007 16:10 IST