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Steelbacks considering position on ICL

After months of uncertainty the ECB issued a statement on Friday to declare their posistion over the ICL.

Northants have, along with the other counties involved been reading the detailed statements with a view to considering their actions in respect of Nicky Boje, Lance Klusener, Andrew Hall and Johannes van der Wath all of whom contracted to play with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) last October and again this March while out of contract with Northants.

The unauthorized nature of the ICL tournament has forced the ECB to seek Leading Counsel’s opinion on this matter and the registration process has been made much more robust in the light of this advice. The club has no objection to actions designed to prevent such tournaments from proceeding in the future but is extremely disappointed at the stance which penalizes players who signed contracts in good faith and are outside the contractual control of their county.

Chairman, Martin Lawrence said; “we are particularly concerned with the position in respect of Johannes and Andrew who signed three year contracts with the club under the conditions prevailing at that time. To apply new procedures retrospectively and so close to the new season puts the county in a very difficult position. We are hopeful that the cases of Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje are less controversial and are hopeful of their registrations being cleared.

We were confident that our squad for this season was the best that we have seen at the County Ground for some years and if Andrew and Johannes registrations are not permitted then obviously we will seek alternatives for this forthcoming season to ensure that we remain competitive”.

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