BCCI to discuss Lanka's ICL stand with ICC

Updated: 19 September 2008 12:03 IST

The BCCI put the onus on the ICC to respond to the Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to allow its players aligned with the rebel ICL.

BCCI to discuss Lanka's ICL stand with ICC

Mumbai:

The Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Friday put the onus on the International Cricket Council to respond to the Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to allow its players aligned with the rebel ICL to compete in the island nation's domestic tournaments.

"We are concerned but this will be decided at the ICC level," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said from Chennai, while reacting to the latest development that irked the BCCI as it has banned players with ICL links from all competitions under its aegis.

Other BCCI sources said the SLC was a divided house with its Chief Arjuna Ranatunga not seeing eye to eye with other members of its interim committee on the ICL issue.

"Obviously, we are disappointed at the development, but it's an internal matter of the Sri Lankan board and we can't do anything about it. Matters have to be dealt with by the ICC.

"But there's infighting within the Lanka board with Ranatunga favouring the ICL players while the others are not in favour of this," the sources said.

To support their views is the statement issued on the matter by SLC's secretary K Mathivanan who has said "Arjuna felt that it was unfair to keep these players out for long. Those bans have to stop somewhere".

The decision by the SLC via a resolution moved by 1996 World Cup winning captain Ranatunga will enable players like former Test and ODI captain Marvan Atapattu, all rounder Russel Arnold and leg spinner Upul Chandana to play in the island country's domestic cricket again.

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