Mumbai: In a major decision, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday paved the way for the entry of ex-Indian Cricket League (ICL) players numbering over 75 in the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on 12 March at Hyderabad.
The board took this decision at its all-powerful working committee meeting that also approved a whopping increase in the prize money for Ranji Trophy champions and a grant of Rs25 crore to the All India Football Federation spread over two years.
“The ex-ICL players who have been granted amnesty are eligible to play the IPL in the next season (2010) with a cap on the payment being a maximum of Rs20 lakh,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a media statement.
But apparently there’s a rider to this green signal which has not been spelt out officially but was confirmed by other BCCI sources, who said no player against whom match- fixing charges have been levelled (by ICL), notably ex-international Dinesh Mongia of Punjab, would be allowed to take part in the cash-rich T20 event.
“Players against whom match-fixing chargers are there would not be allowed to play in IPL,” the sources said after the meeting.