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India complain to ICC over Lloyd remarks

November 22, 2008 08:32 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has complained to the International Cricket Council about its cricket committee chief Clive Lloyd for suggesting talks to settle a row over the unofficial Twenty20 Indian Cricket League.

The former West Indies skipper had said the ICL and the official Indian Premier League could work together.

"I am hoping that the IPL and ICL will co-exist. There's nothing like having a discussion to break the ice," he was quoted by the Indian media as saying at a promotional event on Wednesday.

An ICC spokesman confirmed on Friday the BCCI lodged a complaint.

"The CEO (Haroon Lorgat) has received an email from the BCCI," he told Reuters over phone from its Dubai headquarters.

The Indian board has banned ICL players from official tournaments and launched its own multi-million dollar version last year.

It held talks with ICL last month after the league officials petitioned the ICC but announced they had failed and submitted a report to the ruling body.

The BCCI complaint comes after former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar stepped down in May in controversial circumstances to end an eight-year tenure with Lloyd succeeding him.

Gavaskar quit after he was asked by the ICC to choose between the job and his role as a paid media pundit after concerns about a conflict of interest.

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