ECB rejects applications of 5 players to play in county cricket

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London, Mar 21 (UNI) Former South African all-rounder Andrew Hall will not be able to continue his county career next year as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has rejected the applications of five players, including him due to their links with the rebel Indian Cricket League.

The other four players who would not be able to play next season are Wavell Hinds, Johannes van der Wath, Hamish Marshall and Justin Kemp.

Not only the players but even the counties have been hit hard after the ECB ruling.

Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are among those hit hardest as the former will miss the services of all-rounders Hall and Van der Wath while the latter will have to let go Hinds.

''We are obviously very disappointed that Wavell will be unable to join us this season,'' Derbyshire chief executive Tom Sears was quoted as saying by the 'BBC Sport'.

''While we support the ECB's stance on unsanctioned events we can fully understand why Wavell has accepted the ICL offer. We have been actively looking at options for a while now in anticipation of this ruling and have the finances in place to attract the best players looking to play county cricket.'' UNI XC CS RAR DS1320

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