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India block English moves

India have stepped up their bid to end a rebel Twenty20 league by banning VVS Laxman and Piyush Chawla from playing in England.

The BCCI have denied requests for Laxman to join Nottinghamshire and Chawla to head to Hampshire as both counties have players who starred in the unauthorised Indian Cricket League.

At Nottinghamshire, New Zealand all-rounders Andre Adams and Chris Cairns and England wicket-keeper Chris Read played in the competition, as did Hampshire trio Nic Pothas, Nantie Hayward and Ian Harvey.

And the BBCI, who run their own Twenty20 competition with the Indian Premier League, are refusing to let their players star alongside anyone who has been connected to the ICL.

"Our boys will not play alongside ICL players," BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla said.

"It is the board's policy not to have any dealings with the ICL or its players."

The decision means that 15 of the 18 English counties are now unable to sign India players.

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