30 Apr 2009

ICL players offered amnesty by national boards

7:27 am on 30 April 2009

Indian and Pakistan players tied to the unofficial Indian Cricket League have been asked to ditch the rebel organisation if they want to be considered for international cricket.

The new proposal by the Indian and Pakistan cricket boards is the latest twist to the struggle between the ruling bodies in the sport and the ICL, whose players are barred from almost all forms of official cricket.

Although the players who rejoin will immediately be considered for domestic cricket, they will need to serve a "cooling off" period of one year from the date of their informing the Indian board.

A May 31 deadline's been set by the two countries' boards for players to accept the proposal.

Pakistan's ICL players were allowed to play domestic cricket in March following a high court order.