Solanki calls for clarity
Vikram Solanki believes sanctions preventing players joining the IPL or ICL represent a "restraint of trade."
Last Updated: 09/04/08 10:35am
Vikram Solanki believes sanctions preventing players joining the Indian Premier League (IPL) or rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) represent a "restraint of trade."
The Worcestershire captain and England one-day international has already played in the ICL this winter, but wants clarification over his position.
He is calling on the Professional Cricketers' Association to question the governing bodies over their right to block players from participating in either of the new Twenty20 competitions.
Solanki said: "Sport in general is a short career for most people and you must take opportunities to maximise your earning potential.
"I haven't spoken to anyone in the England camp recently but I can see no reason why they wouldn't be tempted by the sums of money that are being offered.
"We are at an interesting juncture as far as world cricket is concerned with the emergence of the ICL and the IPL and the various positions the boards and bodies are going to take on it. It remains to be seen what happens but in the next year or so, the face of cricket could change totally.
"People will find it hard to resist the money and that might be the big point that makes the changes to the traditional formats and seasons that we've grown accustomed to.
"It is unreasonable to place sanctions, restrictions, rules without giving good reason. I am baffled by the reasoning offered sometimes for some of the sanctions and us as a group of players and the PCA should demand some clarity on the matter definitely.
"I am no expert on legal matters but it seems like restraint of trade."
Solanki also hopes that his involvement in the ICL will not jeopardise his international future.
"I'd like to think if I had a reasonable year I'd have as good a chance as anyone of playing for England," he added.
"This is what I mean about there being some reasoning behind if myself playing in the ICL should hinder my opportunities to play for England. If that is the case, then I haven't quite figured that out yet."