March 13, 2008

Rebel yell

George Binoy

"I can foresee a train smash happening. There is no doubt that the ICL and the IPL are on a collision course that will take some serious navigating to avoid a severe confrontation," writes Mike Haysman in Supersport.co.za.

The most relevant aspects about the banning of ICL players are only starting to surface now. Tim May, the chief executive of FICA, the International Players' Association, got it spot on during the week in an article published by Cricinfo. May made it clear that "FICA and its player associations will defend the right of players to seek employment without fear of unreasonable restraint of trade, discrimination and the collusion of a number of bodies to monopolise employment and restrict movement in the market".

"There is more money in the game now and not just a little more, tons more. Choices choices choices! It is an interesting time but also a very delicate time as those who are faced with choices right now would not want to go down the wrong road and lose out, says Mpumelelo Pommie Mbangwa.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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