FICA warns of unaccredited T20 league

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) has issued a warning to its members regarding a proposed T20 league called the Indian Champions League (ICL) that is purported to be launching in December.

FICA is concerned that the League has not yet acquired the correct accreditation and any players signing up to play in the tournament may harm their careers.

A statement from FICA read: "FICA has been advised that the proposed 'Indian Champions League' event scheduled to take place in December 2016 is not yet sanctioned.

"Accordingly, players are advised that playing in this event could have negative implications on their careers. The event is currently deemed to be disapproved cricket under ICC Regulations."

According to ESPN Cricinfo an Indian organisation, the Magpie Group, is attempting to put the tournament together but the only piece of evidence thus far is a somewhat dubious Facebook page.

The page claims there will be eight teams – Delhi Badshah, Indore Rockets, Mumbai Star, Chennai Warriors, Hyderabad Riders, Bangalore Tigers, Lucknow Superstar and Chandigarh Heroes.

Manish Kumar Choudhary claims to be one of the partners in the Magpie group and alleges 47 matches will be played among the eight sides.

The Facebook page claims a list of players both current and recently retired have signed on to play including Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sean Williams and Wayne Parnell, and retired players such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sanath Jayasuriya and Chaminda Vaas.

None of the players have officially confirmed participation, and the group claims to have secured the services of Danish Kaneria who is serving a life ban for match-fixing, Kaneria has denied any involvement.

Choudhary told ESPN Cricinfo: "We have got our contract papers finalised and would be sending them to the players with the terms and conditions. We are also going to Dubai to meet the ICC."

Any event would first need the approval of the hosting cricket board prior to being considered for approval by the ICC but the Emirates Cricket Board have heard nothing of the event which Choudhary claims they will be staging.

The head of the ECB, David East, said: "I have had not approach whatsoever,

"We have heard that players have been approached, but no one has come to see me."

UK-based player agent, Dean Ahmed, was sceptical: "We are always very sceptical about this sort of a league where it does seem very, very unprofessional,

"The only sort of advertising is on their Facebook page.

"They have got some decent names there. At the moment none of them are tied down. Our stance is very clear: at the end of the day if they don't get ICC sanction none of our boys would be playing.

"They have said to me quite firmly they are in the final (stages of) talks with the ICC about sanctioning the league."

 

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