Kiwis welcome back ICL stars
New Zealand Cricket has welcomed its 'rebel' Indian Cricket League players back into the fold.
Last Updated: 04/06/09 5:00pm
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has welcomed its 'rebel' Indian Cricket League (ICL) players back into the fold.
The NZC board voted on Thursday to make returning players that had severed all ties with the ICL available for selection for the national team again with immediate effect.
NZC chief Justin Vaughan said: "Like other Boards around the world we have had to clarify our position on how to deal with former ICL players who wish to return to international cricket.
"We consider ours is a reasonable policy. Individual players need to make their own decisions over their future with the ICL.
"The decision is by no means a guarantee of selection for any player - all former ICL players would need to earn their way back into the national side on merit."
Pacemen Shane Bond and Darryl Tuffey have both already indicated their willingness to return to the New Zealand national side after sacrificing their international careers by signing to join the privately run Twenty20 competition held in India.
The ICL featured several former international players from around the world but was not officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.