ECB chairman happy at ICL collapse

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> ECB chairman Giles Clarke has described the mass exodus from Indian Cricket League as &quot;good news for international cricket&quot;.

Updated: June 04, 2009 10:20 IST
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Losing near one hundred players from their fold may be a heart-break for the Indian Cricket League organisers but ECB chairman Giles Clarke has described the mass exodus as "good news for international cricket".

79 out of 84 Indian and many foreign players ended their contract with the ICL after their respective home boards floated an amnesty offer. Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq and South African Justin Kemp are some of the prominent figures to have shunned the rebel league in their bid to return to the mainstream cricket.

"If ICL is shown to be at an end then this is good news for international cricket. I have been vehemently against unauthorised cricket from the outset. It causes great problems for the game," the chief of England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Clarke was happy at the prospect of getting more players for the English counties.

"The collapse of ICL might well increase the number of international players available for English counties. But this is not just about P20. Perhaps a county will think about signing a promising young Indian as an overseas player," he was quoted as saying by the 'Guardian'.

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