Lawyers advice sought on ICL letter for recognition: Speed

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Mumbai, Apr 16 (UNI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has received a communication from the rebel Indian Cricket League, bankrolled by the Essel Group of Subash Chandra, for recognition from the world governing council and the matter is under consideration.

This was informed by the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of ICC, Malcolm Speed during an interaction with reporters here today.

Dwelling further on the communication received from ICL, Mr Speed said ''There are two parts to that. Until recently the ICL had never sought recognition from the ICC. However, about ten days ago lawyers acting on behalf of ICL contacted ICC and sought recognition from the ICC.'' ''We are awaiting advice from our lawyers on the issue and I expect it within the next week or so, after which we'll respond to the ICL lawyers,'' Mr Speed added.

''The question, whether ICC will recognize ICL in one way or the other, has never been asked before. It's a fairly complicated legal issue and we are taking legal advice,'' the ICC CEO who will step down from his post in June said.

Mr Speed also revealed that the Indian cricket board had never sent anything in writing to the ICC that the ICL was an unsanctioned event or the BCCI did not recognize it.

''BCCI has never sent anything in writing to the ICC terming the ICL as unsanctioned or that they don't recognize it. The law is different in every country on issues such as the state of trade, competition and these sorts of issues,'' he said.

''So the position that the members have taken, is subject to ICC obtaining legal advice they do not recognize ICL and they will deal with their player as they fit under the law of their country,'' Mr Speed elaborated.

''That's the matter for those countries to work out whether they want to have those players back. It might become clearer when we get the final legal advice and there's dialogue with ICL,'' he added.

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