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ICC authorises BCCI to decide on ICL

February 01, 2009 18:50 IST

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday virtually authorised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to decide on the Indian Cricket League's plea for official recognition, saying member countries would determine if a match or tournament within their territory was "approved or disapproved".

The ICC on the second-day of its two-day meeting in Perth agreed new regulations governing domestic cricket events and "approved/disapproved" cricket, refusing to lift the ban on the players taking part in "disapproved" tournaments.

The new regulations come after recommendations from a working party consisting of former Cricket South Africa President Norman Arendse, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke and BCCI President Shashank Manohar, Vice-President Lalit Modi and ICC's Head of Legal David Becker.

"The rationale for the new regulations was the need for clarity over how and who decides if an event is approved or disapproved and the sanctions available if there are any breaches of those regulations.

"It was agreed that a host member could determine if a match or tournament within its territory was approved or disapproved. The ICC would also be given power to make such a determination in a non-member territory," an ICC statement said.

"It was also agreed that no members, members' players, coaches or match officials could participate in disapproved cricket," the statement added.

"It was agreed that no foreign player could take part in domestic cricket unless he obtained a no-objection certificate (NOC) from his home Board.

The new regulations will be implemented from June 1 this year, the ICC said.

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