The players registered with the Board of Control for Cricket in India have snapped their ties with the Indian Junior Players League.
Gautam Gambhir, Paras Dogra and Rishi Dhawan have informed the BCCI in writing that they have withdrawn all support and were no longer associated with the said “unapproved” leagues, BCCI has said in a Press release.
“Any matches, camps, tournament and, or series organized by IJPL and Junior India Player League or any activity undertaken by the said leagues are not being conducted by the BCCI or Indian Premier League and are in no way associated with any activities undertaken or approved by the BCCI or IPL or their representatives,” the release stated.
“Further, it is hereby confirmed that any websites under the domain names of www.ijplt20.com, www.ijplth.com and/or www.junioripl.com are in no way connected to or associated with any activity of the BCCI or IPL,” the release added. “Accordingly, any matches and activities conducted by the Leagues are deemed to be Unapproved Tournaments.”
The BCCI in the release has also warned its players and officials that “any player registered with the BCCI knowingly participating, representing or associating with IJPL and JIPL in any manner is doing so without the consent of BCCI would be doing so in violation of the BCCI Rules and Regulations. The use of any images of BCCI registered players by the leagues in any of their promotional or other material (including their websites) is an unauthorized use of such images. The BCCI has not in any way sanctioned or permitted the participation, representation or association of any BCCI registered player with any of the Leagues. Further, BCCI has not authorized or permitted any BCCI registered player or the leagues to use the images and, or likeness of the players”.
However, the official IJPL website continues to show Gautam Gambhir as its brand ambassador and carry a message from the dashing left-handed opener along with his picture.
Indian Junior Premier League is a privately-owned, franchisee-based talent hunt and support tournament. The 16 Indian under-18 age groups teams are taken to the Dubai International Stadium for their matches.