Lanka welcomes ICL players back into domestic fold

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Colombo, Sep 19 (UNI) In an unprecedented move, the Sri Lankan board has decided to allow players associated with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) to play at domestic level but will continue to bar them from the national team.

''Players will be allowed to play for their respective clubs and share their expertise, but cannot represent the country,'' Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) media manager Shane Fernando said.

The decision is pathbreaking considering the fact that cricket boards around the world had agreed to the BCCI diktat not to allow ICL players in official cricket.

This will now open the way for other boards to welcome their ICL players back into the fold.

Meanwhiile, the decision has been welcomed by the ICL.

''This is a step in the right direction. We hope that this decision will pave the way for Sri Lankan cricketers to play both for the ICL and their country in the near future,'' ICL business head Himanshu Mody told cricinfo.com.

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