ICC affirms strong stance against rebel ICL

February 20th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by admin  


Kuala Lumpur, Feb 20 (IANS) Reaffirming their strong stance against the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), the chief executive committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Wednesday they would not lift the ban imposed on the breakaway league and would not grant permission to players to take part in it. The committee met here Wednesday and also approved the proposal of greater use of technology in decision making for the umpires. The proposal, which was drawn up following directions from the ICC cricket committee, suggests the trialing of an “umpire decision review system” during a Test series.

The ICC board will consider this proposal at its March meeting before any trial will be approved and arranged. If the trial is given go-ahead by the board, detailed playing conditions will be developed in consultation with the ICC cricket committee.

In the wake of the recent Harabhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds racial row during the Sydney Test, ICC member countries have also agreed on zero-tolerance approach to inappropriate public comment and abusive behaviour by players, team officials and individual members, in accordance with the international Board’s code of conduct.

Welcoming the decision, ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said: “I welcome the members’ commitment in enforcing the code. I will be writing to umpires and referees, as well as the member countries, next week to inform them officially of this decision.”

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