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True Leaders

Neil is actually writing about Lalit Modi and his refusal to talk to FICA, the international cricket players’ body. I’m no fan of Modi and his bully boy tactics. I’m pro-ICL. And until Modi changes his attitude and starts behaving like a real leader I will always view him as a tin pot dictator.

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ICC In Gets Something Right Shocker!

In news that has stunned me into a sense of near-disbelief this morning, the ICC have realised their major mistake in retrospectively changing the result of the 2006 Oval test against Pakistan to a draw. Yes folks, that’s right, the ICC have reversed their extremely poor decision and their records will show that the 2006 Oval test match was forfeited by Pakistan and therefore won by England.

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Counties Head For Showdown Over ICL “Rebels”

As Cricinfo reports:

“Plans for a Twenty20 Champions League this autumn could already be in trouble because of the insistence of Lalit Modi, the IPL’s commissioner, that no player with links to the ICL will be allowed to take part.”

Remember it was Lalit Modi and the BCCI who bullied the rest of the international boards into accepting that ICL contracted players should not be considered for representative cricket at first class or domestic level. Having tried to implement this, the ECB has found itself on the receving end of what could well have led to legal challenges and cleared ICL contracted players to one extent or another to play this season.

Neil Manthorp’s scathing criticism of Lalit Modi’s attitude deserves a reading. Now, bearing that in mind here are some words from the Cricinfo report:

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SA ICL Players Cleared To Play & Steve James On Duncan Fletcher

BBC Sport reports that

“South Africans Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp and Johan van der Wath have been cleared to play in English county cricket after winning appeals.”

Hardly surprising that the ECB should clear these players rather than end up in the High Court.  Methinks there’s an element in the ECB that is hoping for an arrangement to be developed by the ICC and national bodies which would resolve the ICL/IPL issue before the next lot of English players are tempted to the ICL.  Which, to my mind is as valid a competition as anything the IPL has to offer.  So an expensive legal bill is delayed in the hope that something might come along that sorts everything out.

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