No compromise with ICL, reiterates BCCI

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Guwahati:Toughening its stand, the BCCI today announced that no players having truck with the proposed Indian Cricket League (ICL) will be considered for the Indian squad.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has warned that any state unit having any ties with the rebel cricket league faces stringent action.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, while talking to reporters here, explained that no grounds and equipment under the state units would be made available to the ICL.

He was here in connection with the proposed cricket stadium where BCCI would invest around Rs 18 crore, half of the total cost.

Mr Shah said the Board will not provide any support to the ICL and the players involved in that group will not be considered for the national side.

Clarifying its stand on the ICL, Shah said, any BCCI affiliated state would not support the ICL in terms of ground, gears and other facilities.

On Kapil Dev, who is now heading both the National Cricket Academy of BCCI and the ICL, Shah said, ''Dev has already been asked to clarify his stand whether he has to stay with the BCCI or ICL.'' The former India captain has not yet intimated his decision to the Board.

Shah, however, did not comment on Kapil Dev's remark that he was earning his livelihood from the ICL.


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