3 Jun 2009

BCCI welcomes back ICL players

6:07 am on 3 June 2009

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has granted amnesty to the 79 players who have defected from the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League.

The players have now been declared eligible for domestic cricket in India, but they can only play internationally after a one-year cooling-off period.

Other governing bodies have also offered amnesty to their players involved with the ICL.

The BCCI has also overturned bans on 11 former players and 11 officials.

Among the players readmitted were former Indian internationals Hemang Badani, Dinesh Mongia and Sridharan Sriram.

The very future of the ICL now appears in jeopardy.

The ICL is now left with just five Indian players from its original pool of 84 but there has been no official confirmation on the status of the league's 53 remaining foreign signings.