T10 owners in ICC radar: Sources

By ScoreLine Desk - October 16, 2018

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has conveyed their serious reservations over two of the six owners of the T10 league, which is fast running into controversies a month before its second edition.

The league’s first edition and the concept became a big hit last year and promised more for the fans of the game. But with success comes serious scrutiny to which the T10 organizers are finding hard to answer.

The latest snag, sources say, are the two owners of the league.

“The ICC, despite sanctioning the league, have conveyed to the organizers of their concerns over the two owners of the T10 teams and need clarifications on the matter. One of the partners of the owner of a T10 team was arrested and investigated in UK over money laundering,” said sources.

The league was last month hit by the reports that its main sponsors — the Heera Group — are one of 12 companies investigated by ministry of corporate affairs, the Times of India reported in June this year.

“In all probabilities, the T10 will have to have a new sponsors as the Heera group will continue to be investigated,” said sources in India.

The ICC has been under pressure over the sanctioning of the league and some of the member boards are likely to raise the matter in Board meeting to be held in Singapore on October 20.

The ICC general manager cricket Geoff Allardice last week warned permissions to the leagues will become tougher in future and any league not satisfying the means of their funding and the credibility of the owners will not get permission to hold the event.

Sources said ICC anti-corruption head Alex Marshall is also likely to address some of the concerns in a detail presentation to the Board members in the Singapore meeting.

Sources said the Pakistan Cricket Board is still waiting for a reply from the ICC over their reservations on the t10 league and will not clear their players until given a satisfying reply. The PCB anti-corruption official Colonel Mohammad Azam has also contacted Marshall over the league.

Board members will also likely to raise their voices against two leagues backed by one country and in that regard, Emirates Cricket Board will also be asked to either back their Twenty20 league — the first edition starting in December — or back the T10 league.

By ScoreLine Desk

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