The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA), which is the global players' representative body, has asked its member associations, not to allow their players to sign for the proposed Twenty20 tournament called the Indian Champions League (ICL).
According ESPNCricinfo, the ICL is scheduled to be launched in December, but is yet to get the necessary approvals from authorities. FICA has player associations from various countries as its members – India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are not part of it – and has asked them not to allow their players to sign up for the league.
"FICA has been advised that the proposed Indian Champions League event scheduled to take place in December 2016 is not yet sanctioned. Accordingly, players are advised that playing in this event could have a negative implications on their careers. The event is currently deemed to be disapproved cricket under ICC regulations," an official said, as quoted by ESPNCricinfo,
Magpie Sports Group, an India-based company, is attempting to launch the league which will be played between 25 December and 25 January in Dubai. The Facebook page for ICL, claims that there will be eight teams in the event, the teams being Delhi Badshah, Indore Rockets, Mumbai Star, Chennai Warriors, Hyderabad Riders, Bangalore Tigers, Lucknow Superstar and Chandigarh Heroes.
Reports suggest that a number of star players – past and present – have been approached to play in the league including Herschelle Gibbs, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Wayne Parnell, Jesse Ryder, Justin Kemp, Sean Williams, Daryll Tuffey, Hamilton Masakadza, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschchate, Graham Onions and Tino Best while Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt from Pakistan are also in a list of probables.
The tournament will comprise of 52 matches, including two semi-finals and one final. Magpie Group is expected to approach the International Cricket Council (ICC) for approval as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is believed to have rejected the proposal to host the league in India.