BCCI announces 'amnesty' for ICL players

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Mumbai, Apr.29 (ANI): Players who have so far sided with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) can now hope to represent the country in international events following the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) decision on Wednesday to announce an 'amnesty' for them.

After a special meeting of the board's working committee, the BCCI decided to grant the ICL players time till May 31 to severe all their ties with the unauthorized league, and grab an opportunity to play in the domestic circuit from June 1.

"The BCCI has taken a decision to grant amnesty to players who have been associated the ICL. They have been given time till May 31 during which they need to sever all ties with the ICL and come back to the BCCI and inform the board," BCCI President Shashank Manohar told media persons after the meeting.

Board officials said the players who choose to return to the 'official' scheme of things would be considered for international assignments after serving the ICC proposed 'cooling off period' of a year.

"We have taken a further decision on those players and the support staff of the ICL that they will not be able to play international cricket or given international assignments for a period of one year from the date they sever their allegiance with the ICL," Manohar added.

He said that many of the ICL players have met the board officials and repented their decision to have join the ICL.

The Indian Cricket League (ICL), which has engaged many retired big names of cricket such as Inzamam-ul Haq, Brian Lara, Shane Bond, Nathan Astle, Chris Harris and Abdul Razzaq was launched by the Zee Group after India's World Cup debacle in the West Indies in 2007. (ANI)

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