We have applied to BCCI for recognition: Kiran More

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Chennai, Feb 9 (UNI) Former India stumper Kiran More, who is part of the executive council of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) today said it was upto the BCCI to give recognition to the league, which has now come to stay and was sure to produce talented players for Indian cricket.

More, the former Chairman of the national selection committee, who was here for the final match of the ICL 50s tournament at the Mayajaal sports complex said ''we have applied to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for formal recognition.'' ''I hope the ICL would be official,'' Kiran said when contacted.

Waxing eloquent on the progress which the league has been making after its first tournament and getting ready for the next phase of T20 ICL Grand Championship to be held in the second week of March at Hyderabad, Delhi and Chandigarh, More said ''we are very happy that the youngsters in the teams are doing well.'' More said the feed back for the ICL was also good. ''There have been nine to ten 100s already scored by the youngsters. That shows the class of the players,'' More observed.

Asked about a few Pakistan players crossing over to the ICL from the IPL to be launched in April by the BCCI, More merely said ''I have read about it in newspapers. Any player is welcome to our league. We don't have any restrictions.'' More also said the success of the two ICL tournaments so far was proof of the fact that the league had produced good, quality players.

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