ICL stand can strain ties with BCCI: SLC

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> The SLC's decision to lift domestic ban on ICL players has not gone down well with some officials who feel the move would strain relations with BCCI.

Updated: September 26, 2008 13:57 IST
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The decision of Sri Lankan Cricket to permit ICL-linked players to participate in their domestic tournament has not gone down well. Some SLC officials feel the move will strain their relationship with the powerful Indian Board.

"I think the decision to permit Sri Lankan players aligned with ICL will strain the relationship between SLC and the BCCI," a senior SLC official said.

The SLC's eight-member interim committee had recently permitted Lankan players who were aligned with unofficial Indian Cricket league to participate in their domestic cricket though the ban on their playing for the national team remains.

The official felt that though the ICC had not taken any decision on the ICL-linked players, the BCCI was leaving no stone unturned to ban players aligned with the unofficial league.

Another SLC official said the BCCI had been friendly with the Lankan Board and the decision on the ICL players would "offend" the Indian Cricket Board.

"BCCI is the power house as far as the world cricket is concerned and I hope the issue is sorted out to further strengthen the relationship between the Indian and Sri Lankan boards," he said.

Former captain Marvan Atapattu, who along with four other players has started using SLC facilities after the lifting of the ban on playing domestic tournaments, had urged other cricket boards to follow suit in lifting the ban on ICL players in their respective countries.

The other four who benefited from SLC's decision to lift one-year-old ban were Russel Arnold, Upul Chandana, Avishka Gunawardene and Saman Jayantha.

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