ICL ready to scrap contracts

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 14:42 [IST]
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ICL willing to ditch contracts

Mumbai : ICL organisers have confirmed that they are willing to scrap contracts should players wish to return to international action.

Players involved with the ICL have been barred from plying their trade at international level because the Twenty20 tournament is not officially sanctioned.

However with the ICL facing an uncertain future due to the economic slowdown, some players are keen to return to national teams while the Pakistani outfit, the Lahore Badshahs, have spoken about the idea of playing in America.

ICL director Kapil Dev has said the league would not hinder the players' efforts.

"We are proud to give these players an opportunity to play for their countries," said Kapil

"Unlike some other boards, we are against the idea of denying players the chance to represent their country."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India effectively banned the ICL because it rivals its own twenty20 competition the Indian Premier League (IPL).

ICL official Roland Landers confirmed some players had terminated their contracts.

"If players want to take this route to play for their countries, we will not restrict them," he said.

"We have never restricted them from playing anywhere anyway."

The Pakistan Cricket Board is keen to include ICL players in their national team, but are awaiting clearance from the International Cricket Council.

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said he had written to the ICC asking for clarity on whether players who have snapped ties with the ICL could return immediately to international duty.


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