Chappell demands recognition of ICL from 'incompetent' ICC

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New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) Questioning the competence of the ICC, former Australian captain Ian Chappell has said it should recognise the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) if the governing body is seriously working for the interest of the game.

The Indian Cricket League, set up by the Essel Group, has signed a large not of international players for its Twenty20 tournament.

Following their induction in the ICL, the players were banned from playing international cricket for their country but it's application for recognition is pending with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

''If there was a good strong competent body running cricket then the ICL would be sanctioned,'' Chappell was quoted as saying by 'cricketnirvana'.

''Common sense would prevail and they'd sit down and work out a solution, because you want as many good players playing the game not being banned.

''But if you think there's a good strong competent body running cricket then you being living somewhere else for the last 40 years,'' he added.

Chappell further added that the cricket is not being administered well enough and demanded that the ICC should play its part appropriately.

''When the IPL first raised its head, it would have been the perfect time to come up with a plan for how to govern the game and take it forward. But to me, cricket is a runaway train at the moment with no one at the controls,'' he said.

Many international stars like Shane Bond, Chris Cairns, Inzamam-ul-Haq are playing in the ICL with Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf being the latest entrant.

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