Private leagues must earn ICC recognition first, says Wasim
Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram on Tuesday stressed private cricket
leagues must get recognition from the game’s governing body before being
launched to avoid clashes with international sides.
“All the private leagues must get recognition from the International
Cricket Council (ICC) or from respective boards before they start,
otherwise more and more private leagues could affect international
cricket,” Wasim told AFP. “These private leagues can offer more money
than players get at the international level and that would harm the game
at international level, so there must be steps to stop that.”
Wasim was reacting to complaints by some Pakistani players banned by
the Pakistan Cricket Board for joining the unrecognised Indian Cricket
The ICL’s second season ended on Sunday when it was won by the Lahore
Badshahs a team comprised of Pakistani players.
Wasim said some Pakistani players had asked him to help them get
re-instated to play for the national side.
“Some of the players did meet me and asked for help but I cannot do
anything until and unless the ICL gets recognition,” said Wasim, one of
the greatest left-arm fast bowlers ever to play the game. The Indian
league, bankrolled by India’s largest media group Zee television, is
striving for ICC recognition, but Wasim denied reports he said that
would soon be achieved.
“My comments on the ICL were taken out of context and I apologise if
those comments caused any harm or distress to anyone. I never back any
unrecognised league,” said Wasim.
Wasim added that respective national cricket boards have a part to
play in the private leagues matter.
“Look, the Indian Premier League is sanctioned both by the Indian
Board and by the ICC so players featuring in that have no problems,” he