ICL looking forward to meeting, hails Pak development

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/icl.jpg' class='caption'> The ICL, seeking recognition from the ICC, expressed hopes for an &quot;early solution&quot; and said it was looking forward to an imminent meeting with the BCC

Updated: February 02, 2009 17:15 IST
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New Delhi:

The Indian Cricket League, seeking recognition from the ICC, on Monday expressed hopes for an "early solution" and said it was looking forward to an imminent meeting with the BCCI, to be facilitated by the game's world governing body.

ICL authorities also hailed the Sindh High Court's decision to suspend the ban on the 'rebel' Pakistani players on playing domestic cricket and hoped other boards would change their stance too.

Facing stiff resistance from the BCCI in its bid to get ICC recognition, ICL said it was in touch with the game's global governing body and was looking forward to a meeting with BCCI to find a way out.

"Post the ICC Board meeting in Perth, January 31, 2009, (I would like to inform that) the ICC has been in touch with the Indian Cricket League management over the week-end to discuss the way forward between the three concerned parties-ICC, ICL and BCCI," a top ICL official said.

"ICL is looking forward to an immediate meeting to be facilitated by the ICC for an early resolution," he added.

In its two-day meeting at Perth, ICC also empowered its member countries to determine if a match or tournament within their territory was "approved or disapproved".

ICC also agreed that no members, members' players, coaches or match officials could participate in disapproved cricket.

ICL authorities, however, are not perturbed by the development.

"It is important to note that the new regulation governing domestic cricket events and approved/disapproved cricket would come into effect only, post June 2009. Hence ICL and its operations would continue as per schedule beyond the present purview of the BCCI," the official said.

Hailing the development in Pakistan, he said, "We also welcome the latest development where the Sindh High Court, Pakistan, has suspended the ban on ICL's Pakistan-based players. We are confident that natural justice will prevail and an objective stance will be taken by other national boards as well."

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