BCB rejects 'rebel' players' retirement letters

Dhaka, Sep 17 (UNI) Having lost all hopes to cease the outflow of players, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) made one last attempt to arrest the situation as it rejected the retirement letters of the players who have joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and said the rebel players have violated their contracts by not giving prior notice.

''We are not accepting their retirement letters,'' Chairman of the BCB cricket operations committee Gazi Ashraf, told a Dhaka based magazine yesterday.

''They didnt mention when would their retirements be effective from.

''It was also totally unacceptable the way they talked with the media and hence they breached the code of conduct.

He added that the cricket operations committee will table their recommendations to the emergency meeting and which will ultimately take the decision.

''Definitely everything will be decided in line with the ICCs decision about unauthorised competition last March,'' Ashraf said.

Yesterday, the BCB officials met with their legal experts to draw the guideline for the meeting.

Ashraf said the rebel players will be welcomed back but only if they approached the Board.

''Still our door is open for them but time and tide wait for none in this world,'' he said and added, ''Its true we will miss their international experience but we have players in the pipeline. And I request everybody to look at their recent performance.'' At a function in New Delhi last night, the ICL announced an all-Bangladeshi team which was named Dhaka Warriors and will have Balwinder Singh Sandhu as the coach.

It unveiled six new faces which included former captain Habibul Bashar, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Shahriar Nafees, Farhad Reza, Dhiman Ghosh, while Mosharraf Hossain, Mohammad Rafique, Tapash Baisya, Manjural Islam and Mohammad Sharif, reserve wicketkeeper Golam Mabud, and Mahbubul Karim, will also form the team.


Story first published: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, 13:35 [IST]
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