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ICL chief meets David Morgan

International Cricket Council president David Morgan confirmed on Tuesday he had met with the owners of the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The ICL is not officially recognised by the ICC and has been in conflict with cricket's authorities since its inception last year.

Morgan revealed last month he had agreed to meet with Subhash Chandra of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, who owns the ICL.

"The ICL had written to the ICC requesting a meeting and today that meeting took place," Morgan said.

"I will now report back the contents of the meeting to the ICC Board, which is gathering in Dubai on 14 and 15 October."

The ICC did not comment on the subject of the meeting, but it is believed Chandra wished to discuss the matter of official sanctioning for the ICL.

Representatives from the ICL are unhappy the league's players are being prevented from playing top-level cricket, with a report on Zee's own website in July suggesting the matter could be taken to London's High Court.

At an ICC board meeting in the same month, the body formed a committee to look at the issues of official, unofficial and unauthorised cricket.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), whose vice-president, Lalit Modi, is the chairman and commissioner of the Indian Premier League, has an understanding with other major nations that individuals who participate in the ICL will not be allowed to ply their trade in any top-level competition.

Both Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Mushtaq Ahmed faced a battle to be allowed to play in the English County Championship this season after their participation in the ICL.

Since then, English Twenty20 Cup runners-up Kent has been prevented from taking part in the upcoming inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, co-organised by the BCCI, because it has players who took part in the ICL.

An ICC statement on Tuesday read: "The meeting took place in a cordial manner and Mr Chandra thanked Mr Morgan and the other members of his group for attending.

"Mr Chandra added his hope that when Mr Morgan presented to the ICC Board it could find a resolution to the matter."

source - sportal.co.nz
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