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ICL may release contracted players

Former captain and Indian Cricket League's (ICL) key man from Pakistan, Moin Khan has admitted that the global economic meltdown has forced the cash-strap league to consider about off loading its players.

"Like everyone else the ICL is also facing some financial issues and now there is a suggestion to have just one tournament every year instead of several. That is why they are considering terminating existing contracts but no final decision has been made on this as yet," Moin told reporters in Lahore.

ICL-bound Pakistan all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq has already announced that the rebel league has terminated his contract and after clearing his dues, it would issue him a 'No Objection Certificate' which would allow him to play for any another league or the national team once again.

However, the former Pakistan wicket-keeper made it clear that the ICL organisers are yet to come to a final decision on the matter.

Moin, who played a pivotal role in recruiting ICL cricketers from Pakistan, said if any player decides to end his contract and play elsewhere, the league organisers won't create any legal problems for him.

"Dues of some players have been cleared and if they want to play elsewhere after ending their contracts they can do that," he added.

He said if the current players from Pakistan decide to end their association with ICL, then the league had the option of signing up new recruits from the nation.

Moin said the remaining players whom the ICL owed outstanding money would also be given their dues after the general elections in India, adding a a final decision on the future of ICL programmes would be taken after the polls.

Moin categorically said that in the past also the ICL never stopped any cricketer from representing his national team.

"If some of our players decide to leave the ICL and make themselves available for Pakistan, it then depends on whether the national selectors consider them or not," he added.

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