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Read could sue the ECB over ICL contract

Chris Read could sue the England and Wales Cricket Board if they deny him a future international career for playing in an unsanctioned competition.

Wicketkeeper Read was one of four England players to play in the rebel Indian Cricket League in December.

As the ICL is not approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and consequently the International Cricket Council, the ECB are taking a hard line against players involved.

Having warned players such as Read they will not be looked on favourably when it comes to international selection at the time of the last ICL event, they have since toughened their stance.

They say, from now on, English players could be denied county registration for up to a year if they take part.

Read argues that, as he is not on a 12-month contract with Nottinghamshire, he had a right to play in the competition. He also had no plans to play in the next ICL event, which clashes with the English domestic season.

When asked if he could consider legal action in an interview with the Wisden Cricketer, Read said: "That would be the natural course to take. I signed my ICL contract in good faith before the ECB had an official policy."

He added: "I don't feel I am banned from international cricket.

"I haven't spoken to anyone at the ECB for the best part of 13 months so I am not sure. I made a commitment to play in the ICL before any statement was made by the ECB.

"The ICL was employment for me in the winter. I am a cricketer so I went out to play cricket, it looked competitive and it looked fun and that's why I signed up.

"I would liked to play more cricket for the ICL but it is hard to commit because I still have England aspirations.

"If I am banned from playing international cricket, or unofficially banned, then I would be very disappointed and find that pretty harsh. By performing well with Nottinghamshire I hope I can still be in the frame."

Read, who has 15 Test caps, has not featured for England since the Ashes tour to Australia ended last year.

Matt Prior took over as Test keeper last summer and Tim Ambrose has taken the gloves for the current tour of New Zealand.

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