17 Oct 2008

BCCI-ICL cricket meeting fails

8:15 am on 17 October 2008

Discussions between the Indian cricket officials and the rebel Indian Cricket League have failed, putting a question mark over the league's bid for official recognition.

A terse statement from the Indian board did not offer any reason, just saying the two sides failed to arrive at a common ground and that there are no plans for any further meetings.

ICL officials, meanwhile, described the meeting as a "farce".

ICL officials had hoped the BCCI, as part of a possible solution, would lift the ban on their players from all forms of cricket, grant them access to all cricket venues, and stop pressuring the ICL's sponsors.

The BCCI had agreed to meet officials of the unsanctioned ICL, for the first time since the league was set up in April 2007, after its request for recognition came up for discussion at the ICC board meeting in Dubai earlier this week.