The prospect ofÂ Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik rubbing shoulders with Hamish Marshall, who plied his trade with the Indian Cricket League, in Friday’s International Masters Game has put the Indian cricket board in a spot of bother.The duo, who are not in India’s Twenty20 squad, have been pencilled in for tomorrow’s game which among others will also have Marshall, who played for Royal Bengal Tigers in the ICL.
While Tendulkar will turn out for New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association Masters side which will also have Marshall, Karthik will play for the Australian Masters outfit.The move which finds support from India coach Gary Kirsten has put the BCCI in a fix since it has shunned all kinds of contact with ICL and its players.The Board had even prevented VVS Laxman from playing for Nottinghamshire since the side had ICL players.
Though NZCPA chief executive Heath Mills said Marshall is no longer contracted to the rebel league, the ICL claimed the New Zealander is still part of it.”The ICL players are allowed to play in New Zealand domestic cricket. Moreover, Hamish is not an ICL contracted player. He finished his contract last year,” Mills was quoted as saying by a cricket website.
While the BCCI’s chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty declined to comment on the matter, Niranjan Shah, the Indian team’s manager here said the board would take up the matter with New zealand Cricket.”No Indian player will play for a team that has an ICL player,” Shah reiterated before adding that it would not be a problem if Marshall is no longer contracted with the ICL.