The ECB have been forced to abandon plans for next years P20 competition after concerns were raised over the way Indian players would be distributed among the 1st division teams.
The ECB's plan to allocate an Indian IPL player to each 1st division team might have left them open to a legal challenge under the Race Discrimination Act.
A document circulated for discussion at Wednesday’s meeting between county chief executives and chairmen states: “The premise that Indian players could be centrally contracted with a requirement for one Indian player in each Division 1 team and assigned in a form of draft pick structure could be challengeable under the Race Discrimination Act/Restraint of Trade.
“Furthermore, specialist international T20 players may not qualify for work permits unless they have fulfilled the international player criteria. This is viewed as a substantial risk for a competition based in the UK/Europe. The presence of such players is a fundamental condition for an Asian broadcaster to televise P20 cricket to the Asian market.”
The move to abandon plans for next years P20 as left the ECB in an embarrassing position having already canceled plans for a IPL style EPL.