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ICL threatens ICC with legal action

Indian Cricket League (ICL) has threatened to take the apex cricketing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), to court if the bans imposed on the former by the national boards is not over-turned.

On BCCI’s insistence, players plying their trade in the Zee Group owned ICL have been barred from selection to their national teams and the league was been denied access to stadiums in India.

The ICL, which is still only one year into its existence, has informed the ICC that it is preparing a legal case which could lead to the world governing body being sued in London`s high court.

Meanwhile, a separate petition has also been filed by the ICL in the Delhi High Court, challenging the position of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which banned ICL since its inception.

In the line fire and reeling under accusations of succumbing to arm-twisting tactics of BCCI, the ICC has set up a committee to decide on ICL’s status. The committee was set up after the issue of the ICL’s growing stature came into focus when cricket authorities from India, England, Australia and South Africa met on the sidelines of the ICC meeting in Dubai to discuss the proposed Twenty20 Champions League.

The committee, formalised during the meeting in Dubai last week, includes BCCI’s president-elect Shashank Manohar, BCCI vice-president and IPL chairman Lalit Modi, ECB chairman Giles Clarke, Cricket South Africa President Norman Arendse and ICC’s senior counsel for business and commercial David Becker.

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