BCCI warns players against 'unapproved' junior leagues

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MUMBAI: In an official statement, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has warned its players from participating in "unapproved" Twenty20 leagues and said Indian Junior Players League (IJPL), Junior India Player League (JIPL) and Junior Indian League are not sanctioned by the board.

According to the BCCI press release, “This is to bring to your notice that any matches, camps tournament and/or series organized by IJPL and JIPL (collectively the “Leagues”) or any activity undertaken by the said Leagues are not being conducted by the BCCI/IPL and are in no way associated with any activities undertaken or approved by the BCCI/IPL or their representatives. We also hereby confirm that any websites under the domain names of www.ijplt20.comwww.ijplth.com and/or www.junioripl.com are in no way connected to or associated with any activity of the BCCI/IPL.”

The BCCI has also issued a warning to the players who are part of the Indian board and are side-by-side participating in the above mentioned tournaments. BCCI also requested the tournaments to stop the usage of their logos on these T20 league websites and other promotional events."Please note that any player registered with the BCCI knowingly participating, representing or associating himself/herself 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," Choudhary said.

The IJPL was played in Dubai last month. 

Cricketers Paras Dogra, Gautam Gambhir and others who have been part of these tournaments earlier, have stated in writing that they have withdrawn all support and are no longer associated with the said unapproved Leagues, the Board has said.