Indian Cricket League (ICL) is set to recruit two more English umpires despite the ECB’s efforts not to lose match officials to ICL.
“We approached English first-class umpires because we were keen to maintain international standards,” Himanshu Mody,the business head of the ICL,said.
“We are still looking at England as a recruiting ground for umpires. In fact,we are in the process of bringing in two more English umpires to officiate in ICL,” Mody told the March issue of ‘The Wisden Cricketer’ magazine.
The England and Wales Cricket Board is in the process of tying local umpires with 12-month contract to prevent an exodus,an attitude that drew flak from former pacer and ICL umpire Allan Jones.
“The current policy and attitude towards the ICL is wrong. They (ECB) don’t want the ICL because it clashes with the IPL. The ECB are worried about security and betting. We had a small incident but the security is actually very good. The cricket and crowds are fantastic and the TV referrals system works brilliantly. It’s the most fun I’ve had standing up,” said Jones,who chose an early retirement from the ECB and signed an ICL contract until 2010.