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BCCI shoots down ICL

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June 13, 2007 11:21 IST

Kapil Dev and Kiran More may have escaped a showcause notice but the Board of Control for Cricket in India's Working Committee decided to spank them for joining the Essel group-funded Indian Cricket League (ICL), which also got a resounding thumbs down in Tuesday's meeting.

BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan initially refused to entertain queries on whether the Committee had approved ICL.

"What is there to say about ICL?" he shot back.

Asked whether the Committee had recognised the event, Srinivasan's curt response was "No."

Later, a top BCCI source revealed that the Committee shot down the ambitious event and criticised both Kapil, the National Cricket Academy Chairman, and former chief selector More, for joining ICL's Executive Board.

"The Committee was not happy with both. It was decided that those with the Board should stay with the Board. You can't be here and there at the same time," the source said.

"Though we did not decide to showcause them, Kapil would soon be conveyed the message, while the Baroda Cricket Association will take up the matter with More," he said.

Essel chief Subhas Chandra launched the ICL in April promising a one million dollar prize money and names of top cricketers like Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath have being linked to the event.

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