Bond takes a swipe at ~~greedy~~ IPL players

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has criticised the double standards of players who will participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) despite their earlier complaints about tight cricketing schedules and added that he will not get an opportunity to play for his country in the future.

Bond, who was here till yesterday with other ICL players, told UNI, ''Despite mourning about being too tired of international cricket's tight schedules, players have joined in to play for the IPL. Now that IPL is paying good money, players are running to join the league.'' He also expressed his disappontment over how the BCCI is maintaining a strong hold on the International Cricket Council (ICC) and said the governing body should understand it's responsibilities.

''BCCI is misusing it's powers,'' Bond said.

''ICC is the governing body and every nation should go by the rules laid by it. ICC should not bow down to BCCI's demands,'' he added.

''In Australia they (BCCI) managed to change the umpires and said if we don't get the ruling in our favour we'll go back home, no board in the world would do this but BCCI did it.'' He added that the leagues in India have great futures ahead but said he was disappointed the way the ICL is being treated by the various cricket boards.

''They are good for cricket and from the playing point of view because they paying good money. But I can't understand why one league is sanctioned and the other one is not.'' However, the 32-year-old pacer who has played 17 Tests for New Zealand said he is sure that he'll never get another opportunity to play for his country and added that Chief Executive of NZC Justin Vaughan is still hopeful that the pacer will join IPL some day.

''He (Vaughan) still believes that I will switch over to the other league. But I am not going to do that because I am committed to the ICL and I will continue to play for it.'' The pacer was all upbeat about the success of his team - Delhi Jets, in the second edition of the ICL which will start from tomorrow in Chandigarh.


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