Counties told to release players for major events

July 22nd, 2008 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, July 22 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have voiced their support for the mandatory release of top associate players from county cricket to play in international matches and to prioritise the Futures Tour Programme (FTP). “The full commitment of the ECB to work with counties to support the ICC Board’s mandatory release policy for associate players will help to ensure that when the top associates have ODIs against full members or compete in next month’s ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast they have their top players available,” ICC president David Morgan said in a statement.

“In terms of the world Twenty 20 qualifier it must be ensured that best teams reach next year’s event, rather than the teams with the most top players available on that weekend in August,” he said.

ECB president Giles Clarke said: “Whilst we recognise the individual choice of players we will continue to proactively remind counties of their mandatory obligations in this regard.”

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