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ICL after Windies players

THE BREAKAWAY India Cricket League (ICL) has moved its attention to West Indians – a move which is to be seriously considered by the region’s governing body.

After news broke yesterday that five West Indies players had been invited to play in the highly lucrative league, the matter was drawn to the attention of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

In an immediate response to a report in the Trinidad Guardian which did not identity the five targeted West Indians, the board moved to gain feedback from its directors.

“The WICB is aware of it. We are taking it seriously and we will consider its implications for West Indies cricket,” WICB corporate services manager Tony Deyal told WEEKENDSPORT when contacted for a comment on the development.

“We have circulated it to board members. We are aware of it and will look at it more closely.”

The Trinidad Guardian quoted sources as saying that the players were looking at the offer from the ICL, adding that no one had yet indicated if the offer will be accepted.

The report also said that it was understood that the Essel Group, the owners of the league, has offered between US$350 000 and US$500 000 to the players as inducement to join the ICL.

Efforts yesterday to contact West Indies Players’ Association president and chief executive officer Dinanath Ramnarine were unsuccessful

The controversial ICL, which is expected to be played over a three-week period in October in a Twenty20 format, does not have the blessing of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who will impose bans on their players who take part in the league. The International Cricket Council has thrown its support behind the BCCI.

The ICL’s plans to sign current New Zealand players were thrown into disarray yesterday when that country’s board decided it would not release its stars. Stephen Fleming and Shane Bond were linked to the unofficial Twenty20 tournament, but Justin Vaughan, the New Zealand Cricket chief executive, said the contest could erode the value of official series.

A few prominent figures, including former West Indies captain Brian Lara, along with Pakistanis Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq are reportedly linked to the league. (HG)

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