The decision from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to drop the players that belong to the ICL (Indian Cricket League) is baffling by all means. Once again it goes to show that BCCI with the money power it has, dominates and domineers over everyone else regardless of the game.
The Pakistani players affected by this include Abdul Razzaq who is a very useful all-rounder. It is sad to see that a player of his calibre cannot represent his nation in the T20 World Cup just because he plays for a League that is not approved by the BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India).
The other two players are right arm fast-medium bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and dashing batsman Imran Nazir. All the three names are recognizable in cricketing fraternity. I do agree the IPL has brought in a whole lot of entertainment, but this is not a healthy facet to cricket.
Now I wonder if Sri Lanka is going to follow suit. The T20 version of cricket has definitely changed the face and outlook of cricket. It has made the game look even more commercially viable. But the idea of having one major league and the others just follow suit or live under suppression is detestable.
Thanks to the BCCI and its power-play in the ICC, there are plenty of unanswered questions as to why ICL would not be accredited. There are talented players there too. Some of us can claim they are just a bunch of old men. Why not have a challenge between the ICL and the IPL?
If the game is meant to be democratic, then it should involve all kinds of leagues irrespective of where they hail from, who endorses them? If the individual/team loves cricket and plays for the love of the game, I see no harm in allowing them to play or even represent one's own nation.
If a little known John Davison of Canada could strike one of the fastest centuries in the World Cup (50 over format) against a test playing nation West Indies, I do not find anything wrong in allowing players from the ICL play up to their capability for their respective nation.