Miandad asks PCB to recognise Indian Cricket League

Saturday, August 25, 2007

KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad has asked the country’s cricket board to recognise the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

“I don’t think this policy of banning players is going to work practically. Since the ICL is not something which the governments have objected to, I think any player can go to court and challenge any ban on him to play in and for his country,”
Miandad said in an interview.

“The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member boards need to take the ICL seriously. Because it has the potential like the Kerry Packer series to snowball into something big,”
he said.

Miandad said a sense of uncertainty, lack of financial security and an absence of a proper cricket system in Pakistan had led to four leading players joining the rebel ICL.

“Every player has to look to his future and security. In Pakistan there is no financial security for your retirement days,”
he explained.

“For sometime now the players have been complaining of excessive cricket and not enough wages. The ICL offers them an alternative,” said Miandad.

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