ICC miffed with MCL for ap­proach­ing cur­rent play­ers

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Act­ing on com­plaints from two mem­ber coun­tries, the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) has termed Mas­ter Cricket League's (MCL) move to ap­proach cur­rent play­ers as un­ac­cept­able since the league is meant for the re­tired play­ers only.

The game's gov­ern­ing body through an of­fi­cial let­ter has also in­structed all mem­ber coun­tries to keep it in­formed when­ever cur­rent play­ers are ap­proached by the MCL.

The ICC in the let­ter states that last year it re­ceived an ap­pli­ca­tion from the MCL about their plans to stage a re­tired play­ers' event in the UAE in 2016.

The event, it states, was sanc­tioned by the Emi­rates Cricket Board (ECB) and af­ter due con­sid­er­a­tion the ICC de­cided not to is­sue any of­fi­cial no­tice for the event. The let­ter adds that the ICC has nei­ther ap­proved nor dis­ap­proved the league but does not have any­thing against it since it is for the re­tired crick­eters.

But the sit­u­a­tion has taken a se­ri­ous turn of late with two mem­ber coun­tries re­quest­ing the ICC to take no­tice of the Mas­ter Cricket League's move to ap­proach cur­rent play­ers and re­quest­ing them to seek NOC from their re­spec- tive boards.

"Our de­ci­sion not to is­sue a dis­ap­proved no­tice was based on the ap­pli­ca­tion from MCL which clearly stated that it was an event for re­tired play­ers only. The Emi­rates Cricket Board, who sanc­tioned the event, did so on the ba­sis of their ne­go­ti­a­tions with MCL for a re­tired play­ers' event. Con­se­quently, the ac­tions of those in­volved with the MCL in seek­ing cur­rent play­ers' par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event is un­ac­cept­able to us," the ICC warned.

"In the mean­time, if you re­ceive a re­quest from one of your cur­rent/non-re­tired play­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the event, would you please let us know im­me­di­ately," the let­ter fur­ther stated.

It may be men­tioned here that the re­cently re­vised dates and venues of the MCL are now di­rectly co­in­cid­ing with Pak­istan Su­per League. The MCL is now be­gin­ning from late Jan­uary to mid Fe­bru­ary and has also re­lo­cated some of its matches from Abu Dhabi to Shar­jah and Dubai where the PSL is also go­ing to be played.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion avail­able with Dawn, some prom­i­nent crick­eters ig­nored by the PSL have been con­tacted by the MCL. in­clud­ing Tau­fiq Umar, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, You­nis Khan, Ab­dul Raz­zaq, Rana Naveed and Yasir Arafat. Some of th­ese play­ers were quick to an­nounce their re­tire­ment to be­come el­i­gi­ble for the MCL while Imran Farhat, who had also ap­plied for an NOC for the league, has not opted to re­tire.

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