Bangladesh cricket September 18, 2008

India offers 'active' support to Bangladesh

Cricinfo staff
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More Bangladesh players could join Abdur Razzak in the IPL at the next auction © TigerCricket
 

The BCCI says it will play an "active role" in helping Bangladesh cricket recover from the exodus of 13 top players who signed up for the unauthorised ICL.

Lalit Modi, BCCI vice-president, told Cricinfo the Indian board will include more Bangladesh players in the lucrative IPL next year, and include a team in the Champions Twenty20 League from 2010. Modi is the chairman of both these tournaments, which are backed by the BCCI.

Ahmed Sajjadul Alam, an executive member of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), had told Cricinfo on Wednesday that the board hoped the BCCI would help revive the game by inviting more players for these cash-rich tournaments. Alam was speaking after an emergency meeting of the BCB, which decided to ban the 13 'rebel' players from all forms of official cricket for 10 years.

"We will definitely play an active role in helping them out," Modi said. "We are looking at adding a few [Bangladesh] players for the next IPL auction. And we are also looking at a team from Bangladesh participating in the Champions League from 2010 onwards."

The next IPL auction is tentatively scheduled for January 29, about two months before the second season begins on April 10. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak is the only Bangladesh player currently in the IPL and he was signed up by Bangalore Royal Challengers for US$50,000. Although national boards don't get a share of IPL's revenues, they will receive a significant sum for participating in the Champions League, along with a separate participation fee for the domestic Twenty20 teams that are invited.

The ICC, meanwhile, said that any discussion on Bangladesh's Test future will have to be within the committee it had formed in July on unofficial cricket. "Any decision on this will be taken at the ICC board meeting and it will be the working party that will decide on such an issue," an ICC spokesperson said.

The ICC's committee is believed to have discussed the issue over the last few months although Modi, who is a member, declined to comment on the nature of those talks.

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  • AllanofSouza on September 23, 2008, 14:20 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of India but I regret the decision of BCCI and their bullying tactics. I can't understand why ICC has allowed one board to dictate terms to all the other boards around the world. I'm glad that Sri Lanka has finally seen the light and hopee the other board follow their lead.

    No board should show that they are greater than the game.

    Allan DeSouza

  • Dubby49 on September 20, 2008, 3:40 GMT

    For Saibaskar - An interesting point of view. Let every TV Mogul with money to spend, set up a new cricket league. More leagues means more opportunities for youngsters to shine. The paying public will gravitate to whichever league provides the best value for money. This will provide real competition to the the "Lords Almighty" of cricket to set things right. Why should these omnipotent beings be shielded from competition other than because they say so.

    Would it be such a bad thing if domestic cricket might become stronger than international cricket? It is important that both co-exist. Currently, in India at least, domestic cricket is a joke. Are any matches televised? Does anyone pay to watch a Ranji match? Do any of the superstars ever bother to play in Ranji matches?

    In USA they have two Baseball leagues and the end of season finale is the play off between the champions of each in the "World Series". Let the BCCI initiate such a match between the IPL and the ICL champions.

  • Saibaskar on September 20, 2008, 1:45 GMT

    You guys don't seem to get the threat posed by a rebel league. An arrogant BCCI is not such a bad choice than having every sports channel in India making cricket a soap opera or a reality show by running their own leagues. That will be the real demise of international cricket. I think it is time for IPL to think global they have to get consent from other boards atleast in the subcontinent and provide atleast 1 or 2 teams for cities in those countries. But, believe me such a move will cost ICC. Countries will still be interested in playing bilateral series with India but the ones which would lose out will be the likes of SriLanka coz all it takes is one bomb blast and the excuse is ready for international boards to pullout of not so lucrative tours. I think the culmination of all this is going to make domestic cricket in India stronger than International cricket like in basketball where NBA is stronger than international basketball

  • windiescricetfan on September 19, 2008, 14:10 GMT

    The attitude by the BCCI has completely turned me off from the IPL. I am a west indian cricket fan and last year I refused to watch the IPL even when it was shown live on television due the the behaviour of the BCCI. I will refuse to watch the IPL again this year and I hope that other true fans of world cricket will join me in "voting with our feet" to let the BCCI know that we do not approve of bullying and unilateral action.

  • gorky_s on September 19, 2008, 13:53 GMT

    Another farce from BCCI. BCB should follow SLC, and not blindly surrender to BCCI. And what for? After so many years of having test status, they could not get to play a test in India, and still..

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 19, 2008, 13:12 GMT

    BCCI can say whatever they want. Why would any franchise pay for unknown players? that too from a domestic circuit that is almost as good as non-existent! they need return on investment, mind you!

  • RG on September 19, 2008, 12:11 GMT

    This just shows what a complete joke it is for the BCB to blame its ex-players for thinking about money, all while grovelling to the BCCI for a share of the cash. Is there one rule for the boards, and one rule for the players?

  • Dubby49 on September 19, 2008, 11:49 GMT

    Congratulations to the BCB for shooting itself in the foot. A pity they didn't learn from Sri Lanka. And for what? To please the BCCI which hasn't yet offered to host Bangladesh for a tour of India.

    More BD players at the next IPL auction! - What a joke. Unless, as in all things Indian run by politicians, we have a quota for backward cricket deprived countries, the number of BD cricketers in the IPL isn't going to increase in a hurry. Hasn't anyone informed the BCB that the IPL is a commercial transaction and that franchisees are not interested in political gestures. They will pay good money to those whom they think will perform. If there were any BD players worth it, they would have already been grabbed by the franchisees.

  • singh544 on September 19, 2008, 8:43 GMT

    This is a complete joke. I would like to commend the Sri Lankan board for taking a very positive step in reversing the ban on all ICL players and umpires and allowing them to play in domestic Lankan competitions; which further allows themt to be selected for the national team.

    The IPL and the following "Champions League" is a joke/'tamasha" at the best. Bangladesh loses 13 players and Modis solution to that is we will pick more players in the IPL and include them in the 2010 Champions league. So lets get this straight Bangladesh doesnt have its best players, has won a handfull of one dayers, 2-3 test matches and now will be in this so called "Champions League" of cricket. Yes that makes a lot of sense, because hey they are a champion side isnt it.

    The whole thought process is wrong, if the BCCI wants to help, they should set up academies in Bangladesh, exchange programs at the MRF Pace Academy and stuff like that.

    Modis comeback to ICL signing bashar & co is ,we will sign more

  • bonaku on September 19, 2008, 7:28 GMT

    This is first step in wrong direction by BCCI. Now they are bribing the BCB with money. LOL.. this is very funny. Why it is so hard to be honest? Especially when you are Super rich, it is very easy to be good. This BCCI (Arrogant) attitude will definitely hurt Indian Cricket in long term.

  • AllanofSouza on September 23, 2008, 14:20 GMT

    I'm a huge fan of India but I regret the decision of BCCI and their bullying tactics. I can't understand why ICC has allowed one board to dictate terms to all the other boards around the world. I'm glad that Sri Lanka has finally seen the light and hopee the other board follow their lead.

    No board should show that they are greater than the game.

    Allan DeSouza

  • Dubby49 on September 20, 2008, 3:40 GMT

    For Saibaskar - An interesting point of view. Let every TV Mogul with money to spend, set up a new cricket league. More leagues means more opportunities for youngsters to shine. The paying public will gravitate to whichever league provides the best value for money. This will provide real competition to the the "Lords Almighty" of cricket to set things right. Why should these omnipotent beings be shielded from competition other than because they say so.

    Would it be such a bad thing if domestic cricket might become stronger than international cricket? It is important that both co-exist. Currently, in India at least, domestic cricket is a joke. Are any matches televised? Does anyone pay to watch a Ranji match? Do any of the superstars ever bother to play in Ranji matches?

    In USA they have two Baseball leagues and the end of season finale is the play off between the champions of each in the "World Series". Let the BCCI initiate such a match between the IPL and the ICL champions.

  • Saibaskar on September 20, 2008, 1:45 GMT

    You guys don't seem to get the threat posed by a rebel league. An arrogant BCCI is not such a bad choice than having every sports channel in India making cricket a soap opera or a reality show by running their own leagues. That will be the real demise of international cricket. I think it is time for IPL to think global they have to get consent from other boards atleast in the subcontinent and provide atleast 1 or 2 teams for cities in those countries. But, believe me such a move will cost ICC. Countries will still be interested in playing bilateral series with India but the ones which would lose out will be the likes of SriLanka coz all it takes is one bomb blast and the excuse is ready for international boards to pullout of not so lucrative tours. I think the culmination of all this is going to make domestic cricket in India stronger than International cricket like in basketball where NBA is stronger than international basketball

  • windiescricetfan on September 19, 2008, 14:10 GMT

    The attitude by the BCCI has completely turned me off from the IPL. I am a west indian cricket fan and last year I refused to watch the IPL even when it was shown live on television due the the behaviour of the BCCI. I will refuse to watch the IPL again this year and I hope that other true fans of world cricket will join me in "voting with our feet" to let the BCCI know that we do not approve of bullying and unilateral action.

  • gorky_s on September 19, 2008, 13:53 GMT

    Another farce from BCCI. BCB should follow SLC, and not blindly surrender to BCCI. And what for? After so many years of having test status, they could not get to play a test in India, and still..

  • GlobalCricketLover on September 19, 2008, 13:12 GMT

    BCCI can say whatever they want. Why would any franchise pay for unknown players? that too from a domestic circuit that is almost as good as non-existent! they need return on investment, mind you!

  • RG on September 19, 2008, 12:11 GMT

    This just shows what a complete joke it is for the BCB to blame its ex-players for thinking about money, all while grovelling to the BCCI for a share of the cash. Is there one rule for the boards, and one rule for the players?

  • Dubby49 on September 19, 2008, 11:49 GMT

    Congratulations to the BCB for shooting itself in the foot. A pity they didn't learn from Sri Lanka. And for what? To please the BCCI which hasn't yet offered to host Bangladesh for a tour of India.

    More BD players at the next IPL auction! - What a joke. Unless, as in all things Indian run by politicians, we have a quota for backward cricket deprived countries, the number of BD cricketers in the IPL isn't going to increase in a hurry. Hasn't anyone informed the BCB that the IPL is a commercial transaction and that franchisees are not interested in political gestures. They will pay good money to those whom they think will perform. If there were any BD players worth it, they would have already been grabbed by the franchisees.

  • singh544 on September 19, 2008, 8:43 GMT

    This is a complete joke. I would like to commend the Sri Lankan board for taking a very positive step in reversing the ban on all ICL players and umpires and allowing them to play in domestic Lankan competitions; which further allows themt to be selected for the national team.

    The IPL and the following "Champions League" is a joke/'tamasha" at the best. Bangladesh loses 13 players and Modis solution to that is we will pick more players in the IPL and include them in the 2010 Champions league. So lets get this straight Bangladesh doesnt have its best players, has won a handfull of one dayers, 2-3 test matches and now will be in this so called "Champions League" of cricket. Yes that makes a lot of sense, because hey they are a champion side isnt it.

    The whole thought process is wrong, if the BCCI wants to help, they should set up academies in Bangladesh, exchange programs at the MRF Pace Academy and stuff like that.

    Modis comeback to ICL signing bashar & co is ,we will sign more

  • bonaku on September 19, 2008, 7:28 GMT

    This is first step in wrong direction by BCCI. Now they are bribing the BCB with money. LOL.. this is very funny. Why it is so hard to be honest? Especially when you are Super rich, it is very easy to be good. This BCCI (Arrogant) attitude will definitely hurt Indian Cricket in long term.

  • GB1420 on September 19, 2008, 6:03 GMT

    As much as i love my country and support my country when ever they play.. i hate the way BCCI tries to buly everyone around..and especially ICL..imagine those players who are now playing for the ICL were never given a chance to prove their potential..what do these players do??..its a sad situation that young some really talented young guns and probably a great future cricketer would never have a chance to play for their country because of this dirty politics played..I loved the way the first season of IPL was organized etc..but ICL is also entertaining for a cricket fan

  • syed_kollol on September 19, 2008, 5:58 GMT

    ICC by supporting ipl monopoly commited crime, and Bangladesh board by baning movement of players also comited crime. I think every human has a right to take his welfare's decision. if 13players migration to IPL is a loss for bangladesh, then is n't it a much bigger loss for them by baning these players for life ? what good it will bring to BD cricket??

    if monopoly business is unlawful, then IPL should be treated as unlawful business too. Because IPL is currently doing monopoly. ICC is a bit strange organization. HOw could ICC support such monopolistic business?

  • SOLAI on September 19, 2008, 5:46 GMT

    India offers "active support" to Bangladesh means what? Can India give their best players to play for Bangladesh? If it feels to extend their help to the neighboring nation,It would have been earlier or it can be all through.Why it is now? .Any country can play their own cricketers only.India cant offer any active support.By connecting some second quality Bangladesh cricketers to IPL,What way they offer active support?.The players only earn some money,not Bangladesh cricket,since their best players are with so called rival(ICL)league.Actually national boards will look in to their players whether they're available for national duty or not.They don't mind about the players personal like what they eat?,which girl friend he is moving with? probably playing ICL or playing school cricket.It is immaterial to them.Bangladesh is already handicapped by the quality players.But the ongoing scenario make them still worse. It is the right time that ICC can step in to this and recognizing ICL.

  • SOLAI on September 19, 2008, 5:23 GMT

    what a childish reaction from BCCI? Just because of ICL take come bangladhesis,IPL looking for some.Didn't they know the same pool of players were available for previous selection? Of course,playing for the national team is really great and emotional.But some body dont get frequent selection or kept away for some reasons,ICL or any league would be the handy choice for their livelihood.Why the BCCI is becoming maglamaniac character? Even ICC is not able control the situation.ICL is an international event and comprises of international players.Why the ICC is not giving them recognition?If it is the way world cricket goes,there is a chance to wind up all national boards and BCCI becoming another ICC(Indian Cricket Council)spoiling the Cricket.

  • dfgfgdsfgsdfg on September 19, 2008, 3:25 GMT

    Modi's promise is not more Bangladesh players for IPL, but more Bangladesh players for IPL *auction*. BCCI is presenting this as a new, generous offer but it is nothing new. What nobody remembers is that Ashraful, Mash and Razzak were part of the last season's auction. For different reasons, only Razzak made it to a team and then got to play only two matches. I think Tamim is the only other guy who has enough market value to make it to IPL (I don't think Sakib and Shahadat can do much in 20/20). So what BCCI is promising is nothing new, and there is no promise that it will ensure that they get to a team and play. But it will fool everyone for now and prevent more defections. The auction is only in January and by the time everyone would have forgot about the current crisis.

  • ammiel on September 19, 2008, 2:21 GMT

    i think the whole ban a player for joining the ICL is a joke! let them play but if they are chosen to play for their country then let them choose which they'd rather. Bangladesh cricket is going to suffer, however it is going to come to the point where player in the IPL are going to choose not to represent their country also, so lets open up the ICL and allow players to choose what they want to do. It will be a global issue within a few years. Bangladesh as minnows with a small elite player pool have suffered already but all teams will soon

  • ridoy on September 19, 2008, 0:13 GMT

    BCCI offer is a kind of bribe.That is why BCB banned Dhaka warriors players to get this type of offer.May be BCB will get more offer to make them happy.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on September 18, 2008, 22:51 GMT

    Well, how stupid are we fans? The same players were avaialble for "buying" last year too and no body wanted them. Now that the players went to ICL and ofcourse, since BCCI wants to crush ICL into oblivion, now comes the so called "offer" of active support. Can the BCCI hoodlums be any more obvious? For crying out loud, when does these so called fans wake up and start boycotting BCCI altogether?

  • Teewally on September 18, 2008, 22:37 GMT

    It is time the ICC revisit the ICL situation and move forward to recognize them. Cricketers around the world should have a choice, and the ICL would do just that for cricketers. The IPL should not be the only game in town. I am not sure what the stupid politics is behind the non-recognition of the ICL. An athlete has but so many years of prime performance and since not all cricketers will consistently make their test or ODI teams, that marginal player should not be restrict from legally earning money through another source. If the ICC feel they will lose control of cricket by recognising the ICL then what they need to do is bring all tournaments under their umbrella that should give them the control required.

  • Oncle_Dan on September 18, 2008, 21:37 GMT

    Why is it any different, from the perspective of playing for the national team, for a player to go to the IPL instead of the ICL?

  • cricfans2cents on September 18, 2008, 21:00 GMT

    BCCI should have taken such an action before the 13 players moved to ICL. Every body should condemn Lalit Modi, he is behind this ICL banning. He copied the ICL idea and has taken all the credit. Why didn't he decide to take BCB in Champions trophy initially? Doesn't he know what state the BCB is in? People please pray that Lalit Modi gets well and stops this division of Cricketers.

  • Ragfragger on September 18, 2008, 20:21 GMT

    The exodus of the Bangladeshi players will certainly test the bench strength of the Bangladesh team. Considering the interest of the sportin the country, I think if given a chance bangladesh can rise up to the expectations in a due course of time.

  • afridi102 on September 18, 2008, 19:28 GMT

    Is that a good thing? Maybe not, because these players will not get a chance to play. Abdur razaaq didnt even played a game in last IPL. Even big names are not playing due to IPL's overseas players restriction. Te me if BCCI wants to do something good to criket, they should let ICL players play in their respective countries.

  • chaitanyaramachandran on September 18, 2008, 19:10 GMT

    It is the BCCI's fault that Bangladesh are in this position today. The BCCI has bullied the weaker boards into banning ICL players. Especially now, when it's clear that the ICL presents little or no competition to the IPL. I think the BCCI should be more lenient on the ICL. Even relatively powerful boards like the ECB are being bullied into toeing the BCCI's line (with reference to the banning of an English county from the Champions League, which seems to be completely controlled by the BCCI despite being an international tournament). I think it's shameless of the BCCI to step in at this stage and present a benevolent self-image.

  • Clickinfo on September 18, 2008, 19:00 GMT

    Does anyone find it rather amusing that India, who since 2001 have sat on their collective backsides and done nothing to help Bangladesh, now suddenly develop a conscience about the plight of their neighbours?

    I wonder if it could by any chance be connected to the fact that Lalit Modi is worried his precious IPL might be threatened by all these players signing for the ICL? Surely not, because as we know, Modi is an honourable man and not someone driven by power and greed.

  • penheiro on September 18, 2008, 18:14 GMT

    I'm fully supportive of the rebel tigers. This is a fee-enterprise era, and we're experiencing just the beginning of this paradigm shift happening with cricket.

    I'm glad that the ICL/IPL has given due recognition to our tigers by embracing them, and exposing them to these great opportunities. This is a testament of a plain simple fact: "Bangladesh cricket has reached the competitive level internationally, and is now ready to contribute!".

    This revolution will help in further developing cricket in Bangladesh if exploited optimally. From BCB perspective, its their opportunity to recognize the talents and create and environment that will promote players. From the players' perspective, its a great time to take cricket seriously and perform consistently, to elevate to National team, ICL/IPL, or whatever xCLs that they have in the making.

    I'm really excited to see Bangladesh cricket faced with this enormous opportunity to develop at a holistic level.

  • Nattuji on September 18, 2008, 17:32 GMT

    The same BCCI is so supportive to Bangladesh cricket by inviting their team to visit India on so regular basis to play Test and one day matches!!!

  • NBZ1 on September 18, 2008, 17:26 GMT

    Let's not kid ourselves. The BCCI isn't doing this out of generous concern for Bangladesh cricket. They are doing this to maintain their stranglehold over cricket and more pertinently over Twenty20 cricket, and of course they need Bangladesh's vote for that kind of control. Otherwise wouldn't a simpler way out of this mess just be to recognise the ICL?

  • rimzim on September 18, 2008, 17:05 GMT

    ICL and IPL must come together for cricket's sake. what's this guy Lalit Modi upto ? He is desparate to keep ICL buried in the ground.

  • MasterBlasters on September 18, 2008, 16:39 GMT

    Why would you allow Bangladesh to send a domestic team to the 20/20 championships?. It just doesn't make any sense. Cricket has become such a money greedy sport. There is no reason why the ICL should be banned. Instead, we should use the ICL to develop second grade nations such as Bangladesh and players from non-test cricketing nations such as UAE, Hong Kong etc should be allowed to play in such leagues. Players from these countries make almost nothing playing their sport and aren't even given a fair opportunity. The organizations running IPL are a disgrace and believe in dictator style leadership.

  • anmn on September 18, 2008, 16:36 GMT

    India have to do something to allow healthy competition in Cricket and get rid of this license-raj, as practiced by BCCI.

    Lalit Modi should be taught a lesson in market-place dynamics. He's got to go. Its OK to be a shrewd businessman, but he is hegemonic. Indian government should step-in and indict him for stifling competition.

  • CricketPlayer on September 18, 2008, 16:16 GMT

    Among the Test Teams, the lowest standing one must be given certain time-period to maintain minimum Test Standard; shouldn't there be such a provision? What about the player's freedom of choice? Players don't deserve to be treated like slaves. The present instance should be a lesson for all others. Each team should have a replacement for each player, just in case - virtually a second team like Plan B. However life goes on. Present struggle will, hopefully, lead to future success.

  • SyhletiExpress on September 18, 2008, 16:12 GMT

    Finally deserving cricketers of the likes of Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal, Sakib Al Hasan, Mortaza will get a chance. And hopefully Ashraful will pick up his game to get his place in the IPL too.

    These second string players leaving for the ICL turned out to be a great thing for BD cricket, as only Dhiman's wicketkeeping was the only loss.

  • Muhammadaamirjamal on September 18, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    Its a great move by the BCCI and that's show how sub-continent teams are involve with each other. BCCI is much supportive to BCB and as well to PCB.

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  • Muhammadaamirjamal on September 18, 2008, 15:58 GMT

    Its a great move by the BCCI and that's show how sub-continent teams are involve with each other. BCCI is much supportive to BCB and as well to PCB.

  • SyhletiExpress on September 18, 2008, 16:12 GMT

    Finally deserving cricketers of the likes of Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal, Sakib Al Hasan, Mortaza will get a chance. And hopefully Ashraful will pick up his game to get his place in the IPL too.

    These second string players leaving for the ICL turned out to be a great thing for BD cricket, as only Dhiman's wicketkeeping was the only loss.

  • CricketPlayer on September 18, 2008, 16:16 GMT

    Among the Test Teams, the lowest standing one must be given certain time-period to maintain minimum Test Standard; shouldn't there be such a provision? What about the player's freedom of choice? Players don't deserve to be treated like slaves. The present instance should be a lesson for all others. Each team should have a replacement for each player, just in case - virtually a second team like Plan B. However life goes on. Present struggle will, hopefully, lead to future success.

  • anmn on September 18, 2008, 16:36 GMT

    India have to do something to allow healthy competition in Cricket and get rid of this license-raj, as practiced by BCCI.

    Lalit Modi should be taught a lesson in market-place dynamics. He's got to go. Its OK to be a shrewd businessman, but he is hegemonic. Indian government should step-in and indict him for stifling competition.

  • MasterBlasters on September 18, 2008, 16:39 GMT

    Why would you allow Bangladesh to send a domestic team to the 20/20 championships?. It just doesn't make any sense. Cricket has become such a money greedy sport. There is no reason why the ICL should be banned. Instead, we should use the ICL to develop second grade nations such as Bangladesh and players from non-test cricketing nations such as UAE, Hong Kong etc should be allowed to play in such leagues. Players from these countries make almost nothing playing their sport and aren't even given a fair opportunity. The organizations running IPL are a disgrace and believe in dictator style leadership.

  • rimzim on September 18, 2008, 17:05 GMT

    ICL and IPL must come together for cricket's sake. what's this guy Lalit Modi upto ? He is desparate to keep ICL buried in the ground.

  • NBZ1 on September 18, 2008, 17:26 GMT

    Let's not kid ourselves. The BCCI isn't doing this out of generous concern for Bangladesh cricket. They are doing this to maintain their stranglehold over cricket and more pertinently over Twenty20 cricket, and of course they need Bangladesh's vote for that kind of control. Otherwise wouldn't a simpler way out of this mess just be to recognise the ICL?

  • Nattuji on September 18, 2008, 17:32 GMT

    The same BCCI is so supportive to Bangladesh cricket by inviting their team to visit India on so regular basis to play Test and one day matches!!!

  • penheiro on September 18, 2008, 18:14 GMT

    I'm fully supportive of the rebel tigers. This is a fee-enterprise era, and we're experiencing just the beginning of this paradigm shift happening with cricket.

    I'm glad that the ICL/IPL has given due recognition to our tigers by embracing them, and exposing them to these great opportunities. This is a testament of a plain simple fact: "Bangladesh cricket has reached the competitive level internationally, and is now ready to contribute!".

    This revolution will help in further developing cricket in Bangladesh if exploited optimally. From BCB perspective, its their opportunity to recognize the talents and create and environment that will promote players. From the players' perspective, its a great time to take cricket seriously and perform consistently, to elevate to National team, ICL/IPL, or whatever xCLs that they have in the making.

    I'm really excited to see Bangladesh cricket faced with this enormous opportunity to develop at a holistic level.

  • Clickinfo on September 18, 2008, 19:00 GMT

    Does anyone find it rather amusing that India, who since 2001 have sat on their collective backsides and done nothing to help Bangladesh, now suddenly develop a conscience about the plight of their neighbours?

    I wonder if it could by any chance be connected to the fact that Lalit Modi is worried his precious IPL might be threatened by all these players signing for the ICL? Surely not, because as we know, Modi is an honourable man and not someone driven by power and greed.