BCCI demand ICL to shut down league

Published: Monday, October 20, 2008, 10:47 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: ICL Chairman Kapil Dev revealed that their talks with the BCCI failed because the Indian Cricket Board wanted them to close their Twenty20 tournament before initiating a dialogue on the matter.

"BCCI told us to first close down Indian Cricket League and then only they shall talk to us," an agitated Kapil Dev said when asked why the ICL-BCCI meeting failed.

"There was hardly any meeting. They told us to close down ICL first before they begin talks," the former Indian skipper told reporters here.

The ICL had applied for recognition to the International Cricket Council (ICC) but a decision on the issue was deferred during its Board meeting.

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Instead, the ICC had asked the BCCI president Shashank Manohar to meet the representatives of ICL and submit a report on the discussions.

Following ICC's directives, both parties met in New Delhi last week but failed to make any headway on the contentious issue.

"We have again applied to ICC as we have hopes from the world body. They have asked us to wait for 21 days. We shall wait for their decision," Kapil said.

When asked if they have plans to take legal action against the BCCI, he said, "Of course, but it will be the ultimate step." Kapil went on to compare the South African cricket team, during the apartheid period, with the BCCI, saying the latter is acting in the same manner.


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