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‘Rebels’ hope for the best

V.V. Subrahmanyam

They are optimistic that BCCI and ICL will patch up

PHOTO: P. V. Sivakumar.

All smiles: ICL cricketers from Hyderabad who arrived on Tuesday. -

HYDERABAD: They took the plunge and now are grappling with the grim reality – the ban from playing in any form of cricket organised by BCCI.

The Hyderabad Ranji cricketers - A.T. Rayudu, D. Vinay Kumar, Ibrahim Khaleel, SashankNag, Indrasekhar Reddy, Kaushik Reddy, Alfred Absolom (Anirudh Singh also signed with the Indian Cricket League – a parallel set-up to the BCCI - but was not seen with this batch) - arrived at the Hyderabad airport on Tuesday morning from Mumbai with all smiles.

But, as expected Rayudu politely refused to speak to the media saying that they need time to assess the BCCI decision to impose a ban after their decision to join the ICL.

But the collective message from them is pretty clear. They have joined the ICL not only for the sake of money but many more factors behind their “most significant decision” in their careers.

They still seem to be optimistic of the BCCI and the ICL working together in the future. “Well, if that doesn’t happen, we should consider ourselves unlucky,” is the general opinion.

That they are unfazed by the fall-out of signing with the ICL is pretty evident by the boisterous reception the friends of Kaushik Reddy arranged at the airport on arrival.

They were given a welcome resembling a winner in a prestigious tournament.

“They showed lot of courage (in signing with the ICL) which I might not have showed in my youth,” remarked cricketing legend Kapil Dav at the official ceremony in Mumbai. No one can deny this.

But it is also obvious that these cricketers are fully aware of the consequences. “Anyhow they are looking at the prospect of playing three years of good cricket with the best in the business and nothing else,” is the feeling of a family member of one of the cricketers. For his part, HCA secretary N. Shivlal Yadav informed The Hindu from Mumbai that the ban would be imposed straight away. “Naturally, they will not be allowed to use the premises also. We have to fo llow the BCCI decision and there is no alternative,” he remarked.

These Hyderabadis have created a stir of sorts by becoming the first ‘active’ domestic cricketers to sign with the ICL.

What is in store can be anybody’s guess!

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