ICL issue to be taken in best interest of the game, says ICC

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Dubai, Sep 19 (UNI) The ICC has downplayed suggestions that it was intentionally trying to delay the recognition of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and said the governing body was working to come to a conclusion that would be in the best interest of the game.

Earlier, at the launch of its second season, ICL business head Himanshu Mody had said, ''We had first applied for recognition in April. But till now nothing concrete has come out. I feel the ICC is trying to delay the matter. They had last sent a letter asking why did we start the league. They are acting in a tardy manner.'' However, the ICC has replied to the allegations made by the ICL saying the application was being processed and it was being dealt with the high-powered committee that was set up to look at unauthorised leagues.

''Correspondence between ICC and ICL's legal representatives is ongoing and has been for some time. We are seeking a conclusion that is in the best interests of cricket as a whole. Beyond that it would not be appropriate to comment further,'' ICC's communication officer James Fitzgerald the told Khaleej Times.

''At the July meeting of the ICC Board in Dubai the ICC formed a working party to look into the issues of official, unofficial and unauthorised cricket,'' he added.


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