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Bond laments stance on ICL

Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond is perplexed by the International Cricket Council's decision not to give the Indian Cricket League official status.

Bond's international career is all but over after he opted to join the "rebel" league instead of the Indian Premier League.

"I don't really know where I'm at the moment," the 32-year-old told the Hindustan Times.

"Since I don't have a contract with New Zealand Cricket it's a bit like being self-employed and for people to be banning me for playing in a league they don't like is just strange. I can play in domestic cricket all over the world and no one has a problem but if I play in this one league then I can't play anywhere else.

"It's not good for the game when players are being banned from international cricket because they've signed up with one league.

"Banning players from playing domestic cricket is just taking things too far. I've lost my contract with New Zealand Cricket and that means I can't play back home.

"The disappointing thing is that the NZC initially said I could come and play in the ICL if it did not clash with international cricket.

"Then they wanted me to renege on the contract which was very good. I acted on good faith and now I'm being called a rebel and being banned."

The fast bowler believes it is only a matter of time before players take legal action.

"I don't understand why it's called a rebel league. We're just another league where people get a chance to play with and against cricketers from around the world," he said.

"It's going to be very interesting when this goes to the courts and I'm pretty sure it's going to get there at some point. It's just a question of who actually brings it up and where.

"When it does come up I think the ICL players will win their case."

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