ICL issue to be debated in ICC board meeting

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/icclogo.jpg' class='caption'> For the first time the rebel players have hired a senior lawyer Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to take up their ban issue with the board.

Updated: January 28, 2009 10:22 IST
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International Cricket Council Chairman David Morgan has notified all the member boards that Indian Cricket League (ICL) issue would be discussed and debated in detail at ICC's Executive Board Meeting in Perth from Saturday, the PCB said on Wednesday.

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said they had informed the ICC about a letter sent to them (PCB) by a senior barrister on behalf of the players who are signed up with the rebel league.

"In the letter they have asked the board to explain the rules and regulations under which the PCB had banned the ICL players from playing international or domestic cricket," the PCB Chief Operating Officer Saleem Altaf said.

"I wouldn't say it is a notice but we have forwarded the letter to our legal counsel for advice and will act accordingly," he said.

He said the ICC Chairman had confirmed that the ICL issue was on the agenda of the executive board meeting. This is the first time the rebel players have hired a senior lawyer Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to take up their ban issue with the board.

The players numbering around two dozen, including senior players like Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Inzamam-ul Haq and Azhar Mahmood were banned by the PCB since late 2007 for aligning themselves with the ICL.

Sources in the PCB said there are bright chances that ICC might ask the member countries to atleast allow ICL players to play in domestic cricket.

Altaf made it clear that the PCB had banned the players under ICC regulations.

"If these players decide to go to court and take legal action that is their right and we will explain and defend our action," he stated.

The ICC board is also due to discuss the issue of reversing the result of the controversial Oval Test between Pakistan and England which was first awarded to the home side and then declared a draw.

The Marylbone Cricket Club (MCC) has asked the ICC to reverse the result to a win for England as Pakistan team had refused to take the field which later forced the on-field umpires to award a forfeited result victory to England.

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