Lahore, Sep 3 (UNI) Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed called on the BCCI and the Essel group backed ICL to work together to make the most of the Twenty20 phenomenon.
Mushtaq, who announced his retirement from county cricket last week is keen to see the cash rich Indian Premier League and the rebel Indian Cricket League work in harmony.
The 38-year-old Mushtaq, who spent six years with Sussex where he won three County Championships, called a day on his career in England because of a persistent knee injury.
''Not only can the IPL and the ICL co-exist but that the winners of each tournament should also have the opportunity to play each other, perhaps in a future edition of the Champions League for domestic clubs,'' Mushtaq said.
''Free and open competition can only strengthen domestic cricket. The ICC and the BCCI should embrace the ICL not ostracise it,'' he added.
Mushtaq has has confirmed that he has a contract for two more years with the ICL and is also considering playing limited-overs domestic cricket in Pakistan.
He also stated that he was keen to take up a coaching role, either in the UK or Pakistan.
''I feel the experience gained playing over many years and in all sorts of conditions could be invaluable and an asset in a coaching role,'' he concluded.
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