Counties still unsure of ICL ramifications November 10, 2007

Solanki joins Indian Cricket League

Cricinfo staff

Vikram Solanki, the Worcestershire and former England batsman, has signed for the Indian Cricket League.

According to BBC Sport Solanki, 31, will join Darren Maddy and Paul Nixon as the third Englishman in the so-called "rebel league".

The ICL continues to cast a shadow over county cricket, though no one is entirely sure of the legal ramifications of a county player joining the breakaway league. The ECB have threatened to ban any players who join the ICL, thus preventing them from participating in the Champions League next year. Six countries will send the two best Twenty20 sides from their own domestic Twenty20 tournaments.

With a prize fund of £2.3m on offer, counties are understandably nervous about the threat and have been pressured by the ECB to "persuade" detractors to re-think their decision.

The Professional Cricketers' Assocation, however, appears to be siding with the players so far, though it remains to be seen whether those who have signed for the ICL are contractually obliged to participate.