Anil Kumble, the ICC’s technical committee chairman, is a board member of the advisory committee of Euro T20 Slam. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has no idea about Kumble’s role in this league.
The Euro T20 Slam 2019 will be the inaugural edition of this tournament that will run from 30th August to 22nd September. Ireland (Cricket Ireland), Scotland (Cricket Scotland) and the Netherlands (Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond) national cricket boards have combinedly set up this T20 league.
The ICC has already set up a group to monitor the global unstructured T20 leagues. However, the ICC has no clue about Anil Kumble’s joining in the Euro T20 Slam. Since 2012, the former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the chairman of ICC’s technical committee.
While some believe that Kumble has followed the necessary protocols, but the ICC has ultimately no idea about this.
As per the report of Times of India, a source claimed, “He [Kumble] may have followed the necessary protocols for all you know. But the thing is, the events
monitoring group could’ve certainly benefitted from the intelligence. They didn’t have an idea.”
The TOI report further added that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also has no idea about this league.
Anil Kumble recently praised the global T20 leagues
Recently, Anil Kumble has lauded the T20 leagues and wished to see more Indians like Yuvraj Singh in the foreign T20 leagues. The ICC has likely noticed Kumble’s those comments.
ICC wants to know some crucial answers
The ICC desperately wants to know the answers of two big questions – who are the investors and who are earning from these leagues.
An experienced ICC member claimed, “Honestly, if something is not done about it, this could turn out to be pandemic in multiple ways. Nobody who is in charge of running these so-called systems in place has an idea of who is behind the inception of these properties.
“And it all boils down to two questions that nobody has answers. First, who is putting money into these leagues? Second, who is earning from these leagues? There’s no answer to both these questions and that’s what is dangerous.”
Recently, on 19th July, the Euro T20 Slam organisers organised a players’ draft in London. Around 700 players from 22 countries participated in this players’ draft. Many big names have joined in this league as the players or coaches. Former South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Lance Klusener, and the former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori will play the head coach roles in this league.
In the first edition of this league, six teams will participate. These teams are Dublin Chiefs, Belfast Titans, Edinburgh Rocks, Glasgow Giants, Amsterdam Knights and Rotterdam Rhinos.