Chappell urges ICC to recognise ICL

Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 14:46 [IST]
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ICLMumbai: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has said the International Cricket Council, if it were a competent body and had the interests of the game in mind, should recognise the currently unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).

The Indian Cricket League, set up by the Essel Group, one of India's premier entertainment companies, has signed up hordes of international cricketers for its Twenty20 league. While at the moment the league is unofficial, it's application for recognition is pending with the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game's governing body.

Chappell was quoted as saying, "If there was a good strong competent body running cricket then the ICL would be sanctioned.

“Common sense would prevail and they"d sit down and work out a solution, because you want as many good players playing the game not being banned.

“But if you think there"s a good strong competent body running cricket then you being living somewhere else for the last 40 years."

Chappell further opined that cricket wasn't administered that well and called for the ICC to act fast. He said, “When the IPL first raised it"s head, it would have been the perfect time to come up with a plan for how to govern the game and take it forward. But to me, cricket is a runaway train at the moment with no one at the controls."

The league, who have some famous international players like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Brian Lara, Chris Cairns, Marvan Atapattu, etc. in its competition, in the news just now following its signing of Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf.

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