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News: Rankin and O Brien offerred ICL contracts….

It seems that the ICL is now hitting associates as well. But unlike Test countries, this one seems to be a good thing, and one of the few ways in which players from associate countries can make a good living without having to either stay amateurs all their life, or giving up cricket all together.

ICU needs to tread on this one carefully. They cannot do a knee jerk reaction and say that these players will not be selected for Ireland again. The conditions are different from the test countries, and the professionalization of players should be looked at from a positive perspective. Plus something like this may also ensure that the players do not have any pressure to try and qualify for England. They can remain happy playing for the ICL and Ireland.

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  1. August 27, 2007 at 7:23 am

    I think the way forward for Ireland and indeed any Associate whose players are approached by the ICL is to ask the players to have a release drawn into their contracts so they can play Internationals. The other concern for Associates is the wrath of the BCCI if they allow their players into the ICL. Despite the fact that the players could earn a good income for it, I’m not so sure it is a position I would like to be in as a board member of an Associate – possibly lose players on one hand or lose opportunity to host/play the biggest revenue generator in cricket on the other. Hobson’s choice really.

  2. August 27, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Yeah but we saw in the recent series between Ind and SA, that ICU just broke even……. so it is probably not a sure shot money spinner….. the ICL money on the other hand, is a LOT of money for 1 or 2 players, and its dead certain……..

  3. Art
    August 27, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Hmmm. Years ago I supported packer and his cricket ‘rebels’ because the move was positive to cricketers in that they would receive a larger share of cricket revenue that was in fairness righfully theirs.

    The ICL move is opportunism of the worst type exploiting a new form of the game. The winners might be a few old or marginal top players but the possibility of cricket overall losing is high.

  4. Efaz
    August 27, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    This is a really encouraging news for associate cricketers.

    Scotish and Kenyan players should use the upcoming twenty20 wc to attract some contracts too.

    Nick, I hope Cricket Kenya would be sensible enough not to discourage any of it’s cricketers if he is given an offer by ICL.

  5. August 27, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    As I said, it is more about if India lean on Kenya to discourage their players – with such close ties between the countries, i doubt if CK would not listen.

    There is also a problem with the best players going overseas in that it weakens the domestic comp. I do not begrudge the players a right to make as much from the game as they can, but when i spoke to them in January about professional contracts overseas they themselves all mentioned the fact that it was better for the game if they didn’t go (they did not say they wouldn’t, just that they would prefer not to if there was another way to make a living from the game in Kenya). Ultimately, the only way around this for CK is to try and make a professional league work in Kenya that brings together the best players and ensures they are getting decent wages. That of course requires $$$, but I believe it could be possible with the right approach.

  6. Onyango
    August 29, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    ICC associates and affiliates don’t have the ‘Huevos’ to defy BCCI. Cricket Kenya has a very good relationship with BCCI and I don’t see CK doing anything to Jeopardize that. ICC associate players will get their opportunity in the much hyped professional cricket league planned by India and Australia.

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