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Andhra Bank googly stumps ICL cricketers

HYDERABAD: Four Hyderabadi cricketers appear to be paying the penalty for signing with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) run by the Essel Group as a parallel set up to the BCCI. They have been served with transfer orders as they were not eligible anymore to compete in the local leagues for their employers.

The cricketers – D.Vinay Kumar (Assistant Manager), Ibrahim Khaleel, Sashank Nag and Alfred Absolom (all in the clerical grade with Andhra Bank got the shocking news on Friday last when the Chairman and Managing Director of the Bank sent the relevant papers.

“It is a fallout of signing with the ICL. When they sought an explanation for our decision on ICL we told them that we did so because it was a lifetime opportunity to play with premier cricketers of the world,” said Vinay Kumar. He is the worst-affected of the four since he has been shunted to Kolkata!

Sashank Nag has been transferred to Kakinada while for Alfred Absolom and Khaleel, these transfer orders may not mean much since they are said to have already stopped attending office. The bank’s contention is that these players need not work in the city when they are not eligible to represent it in the local cricket league conducted by the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).

‘Not surprised’


Vinay Kumar said they were not surprised by these moves but they did not expect them so soon. “We felt that it will take a couple of years before such drastic measures are initiated,” he said. But, he and the other cricketers have no regrets about joining ICL even after the latest developments.

“We were mentally prepared for these things,” they say. The issue is supposed to have reached a flashpoint when the HCA officials met the bank officials to seek advertisements for Friday’s India-Australia match. During the course of discussions it was made clear to the bank officials that there was no question of entertaining any player in the HCA league if he had signed up with ICL.

“Maybe they are hoping that we will be forced to quit by these transfers,” said an ICL player.

Interestingly, there were no such moves yet from the State Bank of Hyderabad which employs A. T. Rayudu and Anirudh Singh.

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