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BCB hints at ban on 'rebels'
September 17, 2008 16:10 IST
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has hinted at a possible ban of the 13 cricketers who have aligned with Indian Cricket League (ICL), saying it would go by the ICC's [Images] decision on unauthorised competitions while dealing with the players.
"Everything will be decided in line with the ICC's decision, taken last March, about unauthorised competition," BCB's cricket operations committee chairman Gazi Ashraf Hossain said.
The ICC does not recognise the ICL and most countries do not permit their contracted players to join the unofficial league.
The BCB has also rejected the resignation of its contracted players who have joined ICL on the ground that they violated terms of contract with the Board.
"We are not accepting their retirement letters. They didn't give us any prior notice before submitting the letters which is a clear violation of contract.
"Also, they didn't mention when would their retirements be effective from. It was also totally unacceptable the way they talked with the media and hence they breached the code of conduct," Ashraf was quoted as saying by Daily Star.
He said a final decision on the 'rebel' players will be taken after an emergency Board meeting today.
"The cricket operations committee will table their recommendations to the emergency meeting and they will ultimately take the decision," he said.
Ashraf said there is still time for the players to return to the BCB fold and Board would welcome them if they do so.
"Still our door is open for them and we have extended our hands to welcome them back, but they must come to us before we take a final decision. It's true we will miss their international experience but we have players in the pipeline," said the former skipper.
Asked about a former BCB official's claim that current captain Mohammad Ashraful [Images] was the brain behind the exodus, Ashraf refused to add more fuel to the fire on the issue.
"I know there is lot of talking about his involvement but we should talk with him first. We don't know about his link with the whole thing. He (Ashraful) however informed us about the offer he got from the ICL. And you know he is the player who will definitely get the highest offer and it's no joke to refuse 15 crore taka," said Ashraf.