ICL: Indian Cricket League

ICC formalises guidelines for IPL


The ICC executive board has formalised its stand on the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying international cricket was its top priority and laying out guidelines to ensure it stayed that way. It also emerged from the meeting, in Dubai, that the ICC’s Future Tours Programme will not be altered to suit the IPL as neither the league nor the Indian board, which runs it, made such a request.

“The ICC board and BCCI agreed that the BCCI, as the owner of IPL, would sign a standard-form contract with all ICC Members,” David Morgan, the president-elect of the ICC, said. The ICC board said the agreement was made to ensure the concept of ‘nation-versus-nation cricket’ was given the highest priority.

Among the principles mentioned in the agreement were that every ICC member had the right to object to a player from its country taking part in the IPL, and that such an objection can be made up to two years after that player’s retirement. If such an objection is made, the various franchises of the IPL will not be able to select the player in question. It was also agreed that bilateral commitments between the boards will take precedence over IPL fixtures and that the IPL would introduce its own code of conduct regulations, draft an anti-corruption code and have an anti-doping policy in compliance with ICC regulations.

Zimbabwe Cricket’s audit
The ICC board reviewed a report of the ICC audit committee, which looked at the findings of the forensic report of Zimbabwe Cricket’s 2005-06 accounts conducted by KPMG South Africa. While saying the report “highlighted serious financial irregularities,”, it agreed with the audit committee’s assessment that the KPMG report had “found no evidence of criminality and that no individuals had gained financially.”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket said that it had “taken substantial remedial action to correct these irregularities and would continue to do so.”

Player referrals to be tested
In a significant development, the board has decided to trial player referrals, in which on-field decisions will be reviewed by the TV umpire once a player makes such a request. If the ECB and Cricket South Africa agree, the trial will be conducted during the Test series between England and South Africa later this year.

2011 World Cup
The 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent will feature 14 teams, two less than the number in the 2007 World Cup. Though the detailed schedule of the tournament has not yet been drawn, the board said the event “will be held over a significantly shorter period than the previous one.” While the ten Full Member nations automatically book their place in the event, the remaining four places will go to the semi-finalists of the World Cup qualifiers, to be held in Dubai in 2009.

2008 Champions Trophy
The 2008 Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 11 to 28, will go ahead as planned. A final decision will be taken after an independent security assessment of the situation in Pakistan, which will be conducted in June.

Source:Cricket News

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