Couldn't agree more with Javed Miandad ~ Cricket Blog - THE COMMENTARY BOX

Friday, August 24, 2007

Couldn't agree more with Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad was a great player in his times. He can also talk some crazy stuff at times, but this time I think his observations on the 'ICL - National Cricket boards' rift are spot on when he says:
"I don't think this policy of banning players is going to work practically. Since the ICL is not something which the governments have objected to, I think any player can go to court and challenge any ban on him to play in and for his country.

The International Cricket Council and its member boards need to take the ICL seriously. Because it has the potential like the Kerry Packer series to snowball into something big.

Every player has to look to his future and security. In Pakistan there is no financial security for your retirement days."

The ICL does pay big money which the cricket boards cannot match and so it is only logical that most players will consider themselves fortunate to be even approached by the league.

Inzamam-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdur Razzaq and Imran Farhat are players who have already given the nod to the ICL and more are sure to follow. Banning all of them would not be too practical, would it?

So, it should only be a matter of time before the boards should start considering shedding their confrontational attitude towards the ICL.

I am sure the boards realize it too. They are defeated. Only a matter of how long their ego will hold up now.

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