English counties reject BCCI diktat on ICL players

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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London: The English counties have defied the BCCI diktat that teams having ICL players should be disqualified from the inaugural Champions League and are determined to field their best squads in the international Twenty20 tournament.

A spokesman of Lancashire, which has an ICL player Lou Vincent in their ranks, said in absence of any clear instructions from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the position was quite unclear.

''If it is up to Cricket Australia (CA) to come up with rules and regulations, then maybe they would like to get a wiggle on because this thing is about to start,'' he was quoted as saying by The Times.

''Our priority is winning the Twenty20 Cup, which means picking our strongest team, including ICL players. If we get to the final, it will be up to the tournament organisers whether we play in the Champions League. If they do not want to see Andrew Flintoff and James Anderson out there, that is up to them,'' he added.

Earlier, Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi had warned that the teams with Indian Cricket League (ICL) players in their ranks will not be allowed to play in the Champions League.

But that seems to be a tall order for the county teams with Essex, Middlesex and Somerset the only ones without ICL players in their ranks.


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