FORMER West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon has followed the lead of his countryman Brian Lara and signed up with the Indian Cricket League (ICL).The lanky pacer currently in training with the T&T senior cricket team preparing for the KFC Cup, is expected to be in India by November to take up his three-year contract.

It is understood that the Toco-born player signed on the dotted line last week and is now officially the second player from the West Indies to have signed on to play in the lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament.There is also talk of another former West Indies player from Trinidad, Lincoln Roberts doing likewise. The hard-hitting Tobagonian is currently in negotiations with the Essel Group—the Indian Media Magnate who owns the league.

Information coming to hand is that the ICL is looking to snap up another two players from the West Indies. It is understood that offers have been made to Jamaican hard hitting batsman Chris Gayle and his fellow all rounder Marlon Samuels.If the players join Lara and sign on, then the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will have to come into the picture to indicate what is their stance on players from the West Indies joining the league.

Earlier this week, WICB president Julian Hunte warned regional players to seek legal advice before signing up for the controversial Indian Cricket League.Hunte said: “I have heard rumours of players being made substantial offers. Nothing has come to me formally.”

“I only hope that those players who have been made offers, get legal advice and our advice as to how they need to go about this.”

While some national cricket boards have expressed their reluctance to sanction their players competing in the ICL, Hunte said the WICB were yet to develop a policy but would do so shortly.

“It would be wrong for me to make any statement, except to say, most of the other Test match playing countries, have in fact, ‘banned’ their players, who have publicly accepted contracts for the ICL,” Hunte said.“We have not made any decision on it as yet…this is a matter which we will determine our own position on when we meet on the October 20 in Barbados.”

It is understood that players are being offered between US$450,000 to US$550,000 to join the league.

Categories: Cricket News, icl info
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  1. October 16, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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