BCCI warns ECB not to field ICL players in T20 Champions League

New Delhi, Jun 22 (UNI) Declaring its verdict, the BCCI today warned that the English counties with players from the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) will not be allowed to take part in the inaugural 10 million dollars Champions Twenty20 Tournament which India is scheduled to host later this year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) working committee took the decision today and said the ball is in the court of cricket boards of Australia, Pakistan and South Africa, the other participants besides England, to take a decision on the matter.

BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi said, ''The board will continue stick to its earlier stand and would not allow the banned ICL players to participate in any tournament backed by the ICC.

''We have given our perspective on the issue. We will discuss it with other participating boards during the International Cricket Council's meeting in Dubai next week where a consensus will be reached,'' he said.

The BCCI further claimed that if the English counties do not rule out the ICL players, India will boycott the tournament.

''We have made it very clear and now it is for the other boards to decide on the issue,'' Modi said.

England is the only country where the banned ICL players are playing officially in the counties. ''Clubs from England who qualify can play provided the teams do not include players who are with ICL,'' BCCI said in an official statement.

Earlier, the England and Wales Cricket Board had expressed its displeasure over the the BCCI's stand and claimed that all the players will play as leaving them (ICL players) would be a violation of English laws.

Modi, however, said both the ECB and BCCI are right in their own view points and there is no question of conflicts between the two boards.

''We are not in a conflict with ECB. They are right as far as their law goes and we are right as per our rules. We have our own perspectives and we will abide by them,'' Modi conceded.

Through, the dates of the tournament are yet to be finalised, the Twenty Champions League will be an eight-day event in India during late September.

The BCCI also said it will be organised at a time when there are no international commitments for the the participating teams.

The Indian board will be a fifty per cent partner in the venture.

Top two IPL teams - Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings - will compete from India while the other four countries will also send their top two domestic Twenty20 teams.


Story first published: Sunday, June 22, 2008, 20:03 [IST]
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