Mumbai:They parted ways with the Indian Cricket League to return to the BCCI fold but it might turn out to be a case of jumping from the frying pan into the fire for Sandeep Patil and Madan Lal who could now be in trouble for associating themselves with "T-10 Gully Cricket".
Patil and Madan have been roped in by "T-10 Gully Cricket" to spot talented non-first class cricketers from mostly small town India whose second edition was announced with much fanfare at a function here on Wednesday.
Another ex-India cricketer, former stumper Saba Karim who has now turned into a TV expert, is also part of the panel that was unveiled at the Cricket Club of India.
Addressing the media, Patil said the first question that he put to one of the organisers, the Wadhwa brothers, when he was contacted to be part of the jury panel was whether it was a rebel league and he was assured that it had received the sanction from the BCCI.
But BCCI CAO Prof. Ratnakar Shetty said that even its first edition was an unsanctioned one.
"We have not given it any sanction. Even last year we warned those associated with it that they will face the same problem as those faced by ICL," Shetty informed.
This revelation might put Madan and Patil, who are still nurturing hopes of coaching assignments from the BCCI, in a quandary.
The T10 event, offering Rs 25 lakh in prize money with the winners taking home Rs 5 lakh, would involve 64 teams from 16 cities.
The tournament would be conducted in Pune, Nashik, Latur, Surat, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi, Gwalior, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Patna, Ranchi and Jamshedpur. It was announced that at the end of the tournament 14 players would be picked from various teams for a stint as a bunch in South Africa.