ICL seek to patch things up
In a major turn around from its earlier stand, cricket’s top governing body, the International Cricket Council, has agreed to meet Subhash Chandra, the chief of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, which owns the ICL.
The dates of the meeting were not yet confirmed but a leading cricket website quoted ICC president David Morgan as saying, “The ICL had previously written to the ICC requesting its approval and now it has asked for this meeting, to which we have agreed. All members of the ICC board have been informed of this meeting and I will report back to those directors at the board`s next meeting, in Dubai on October 14 and 15."
This development comes as ray of hope for ICL players who have been barred from playing in the national as well as domestic tournaments conducted by different ICC affiliated national cricket boards.
Though ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat earlier gave some indications that he would look into the ‘private leagues’ running in different countries. He said, "All these tournaments are springing up and what we are trying to do is regulate them in a more effective way," Lorgat was quoted as saying in England’s leading daily.
Lorgat though sees the positive side of the Twenty20 tournaments. "Out of a difficult situation can come a lot of good."
"If there wasn`t an interest in the sport there wouldn`t be so many challenges. I would rather come into a scenario where things are moving at great speed, with new forms of cricket and a new audience."
"Twenty20 is an opportunity that people have spotted they can take advantage of, but that doesn`t detract from what has been agreed by all members that we will not sacrifice nation-vs-nation cricket.”
Everyone recognises its importance. People are not disregarding it," he said.