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ICL seeks time from HC; to come with specific charges against BCCI

New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) Indian Cricket League (ICL) today sought more time to file a fresh petition in the Delhi High court to come up with specific charges against the BCCI and clearly mention the amendments sought in the Board's rules.

Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul allowed ICL to file a fresh petition stating the specific amendments sought in BCCI's rules by October 22.

Appearing for the BCCI, senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Ashok Desai contended that the petition of ICL levelling allegations against his client of intimidating the players should be dismissed at the outset as there was no cause of action in this regard.

Singhvi contended that no player has ever been intimidated by BCCI nor was there any allegation of coercion by any player and so the petition of ICL was not maintainable.

ICL had accused BCCI of intimidating the players and not allowing them to use the grounds for playing.

According to the ICL petition, BCCI had admitted in the Supreme Court that being a private body affiliated to the International Cricket Council (ICC) it did not have any statutory nor other right to monopoly to organise cricket matches.

BCCI had earlier submitted in the Supreme Court that it did not select the Indian team.

A team selected by them is no more than a team playing for it and that it has no monopoly in organising the game of cricket and it is open to any organisation who was so minded to organise the cricket matches in india, the ICL petition said.

The ICL wanted the BCCI to amend certain rules in their bye-laws but did not specify them. The 'rebel' league has now sought more time to narrow down their allegations to specific charges.


Story first published: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 10:36 [IST]
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