Feb 3, 2009

Sport - Cricket;ICC backs out, authorises BCCI to decide on ICL

MUMBAI: The Indian Cricket League's (ICL's) fate is hanging in the balance. The International Cricket Council (ICC) did a volte face on 1 February throwing up its hands on the ICL legal recognition issue. It virtually authorised the BCCI (the Indian cricket board) to decide on the ICL's plea for official recognition.

The ICC said that member countries would determine if a cricket match or tournament within their territory was “approved or disapproved."
A statement says, “The rationale for the new regulations was the need for clarity over how and who decides if an event is approved or disapproved and the sanctions available if there are any breaches of those regulations. It was agreed that a host member could determine if a match or tournament within its territory was approved or disapproved.
"The ICC would also be given power to make such a determination in a non-member territory. It was also agreed that no members, members’ players, coaches or match officials could participate in disapproved cricket. The new regulations will be implemented from 1 June this year."

As far as the Future Tours Programme (FTP) is concerned with the BCCI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) expressing reservations about the idea of an enhanced Test championship, the ICC board agreed further consultation was necessary between ICC management and the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee with a view to producing an acceptable model.
It was further agreed this process would be led by ICC General Manager – Cricket David Richardson and would take place in the lead-up to and during the next CEC meeting, due to be held in Johannesburg in February. The current FTP concludes in May 2012.
The board endorsed the view already expressed by both the CEC and the ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat that over-rates were a key issue to be addressed in international cricket and CEC’s discussions should include consideration of ways to do this.

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