Lanka's move victory of cricket: More

ICL executive board member Kiran More welcomed Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to allow the cricketers aligned with the 'rebel' league.

updated: September 19, 2008 12:25 IST
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New Delhi:

Welcoming Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to allow the cricketers aligned with the 'rebel' Indian Cricket League to play in domestic tournaments, ICL Executive Board member Kiran More on Friday said it was not only a memorable day for the ICL but also "victory of cricket".

The decision was taken by the interim committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket, led by former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga.

More, who is also a member of the ICL's Executive Board, hoped the ICC would also change its mindset towards the ICL.

"This is a good and very important decision. This is the victory of cricket as ICL are not doing anything wrong but only playing cricket," More said.

The former wicketkeeper also thinks that cricket's highest governing body also should show positive attitude towards the rebel league.

"Everybody knows there is no difference between the IPL (Indian Premier League) and ICL. Today cricketers are opting for IPL or ICL rather than going for county cricket, so what is wrong in it," More asked.

"We have been appealing to the ICC's affiliation for the ICL, but we know it will take some time. We are hopeful about positive reply from the ICC," he added.

More, however, declined to comment on whether the decision could give a jolt to the BCCI and said, "its a good news for us as well as the cricketers. The cricketers would get some alternatives, which, in turn will surely encourage the players."

He had also some words of praise for the SLC chief Ranatunga, who moved the resolution to lift the ban on players like Marvan Atapattu, Russel Arnold and Upul Chandana.

"He has played cricket for a long time and he understands well the condition of the cricketers," More said.