BCCI extends olive branch to ICL players

Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 15:19 [IST]
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BCCI lifts ban on ICL players

Mumbai: ICL players heaved sigh of relief on Wednesday when BCCI agreed to lift ban on players associated with the Indian Cricket league.

The decision in this regard was taken at a working committee meeting of the BCCI in Mumbai.

Players who are associated with ICL will now be available for selection to the Indian team within a year, if they sever ties with the ICL.

"We have decided to grant amnesty to the ICL players and welcome them to return to the BCCI fold. The players will not be given any international assignment for one year after they quit the ICL as a punishment. But they can play in the domestic competitions. They have been given the amnesty time till May 31," Manohar told reporters after BCCI's Working Committee meeting.

Indian Cricket League which was launched in 2007 boasts of names Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul Haq and Shane Bond in its ranks. Legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev was made the chief of the ICL's executive committee.

BCCI, who later came up with IPL , refused to recognise the ICL and announced a ban on players associated with the 'rebel' League.

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