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Friday, July 18, 2008

Chawla, Laxman not allowed to play for their counties teams

The Indian Cricket Board has advised leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and stylish batsman VVS Laxman not to play for English counties that have players from rebel Indian Cricket League.
BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said that both Chawla and Laxman have been asked to avoid playing for Hampshire and Nottinghamshire respectively.
"Piyush Chawla will not be going because there are a few ICL players in that team. Even Laxman will be asked not to go to Nottinghamshire," Shah said.
BCCI has taken a tough stand against the ICL ever since the Twenty20 league was started by the S Chandra owned Essel Group.
The Indian Cricket Board first launched their own competition, Indian Premier League, and even went to the extent of asking England Cricket Board to not allow its counties to field players connected with ICL.
It threatened that it will not allow English counties to appear in Champions Twenty20 League, even if they are eligible to appear in the competition, which will have two top domestic teams from India, England, Australia and South Africa competing.

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