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BCCI's diktat: Skip counties having ICL players

Nishant Arora |

Updated: July 17, 2008, 10:26 PM IST
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BCCI's diktat: Skip counties having ICL players
BCCI barred Chawla from playing for Hampshire as they have three ICL players.

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) versus Indian Cricket league (ICL) began as an internal matter and then the fight became an international issue.

Now, the BCCI seems adamant not to allow Indian players to play in English counties with ICL players in their line-up. In this battle for supremacy, it's the cricketers who are feeling the pinch.

Young spin talent Piyush Chawla could have made the most of his break from international cricket as he doesn't figure in India's Test side to Sri Lanka by playing for English county side Hampshire this season.

But the BCCI has barred him because they are still fighting with the ICL and Hampshire have three players from the League.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah confirmed to a cricket website, saying: "Piyush Chawla will not be going (to Hampshire) because there are a few ICL players in that team."

India's middle order mainstay VVS Laxman, who doesn't feature in India's One-Say side, was slated to play for Northamptonshire county after the Sri Lanka Test series.

But when the BCCI realised that even Northamptonshire has three ICL players, they asked Laxman to pull out.

The BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have been at loggerheads over this issue.

While the BCCI has asked all Test-playing nations to ban ICL players, the English counties are in no mood to bow down to the BCCI's pressure.

Staying true to their labour laws, the victims of course, are the cricketers.

First Published: July 17, 2008, 10:26 PM IST
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