The Cricket Board on Thursday cleared the deck for ex-ICL players, who have been granted amnesty, to take part in the third edition of the Indian Premier League with a cap on their payment being a maximum of Rs 20 lakhs.

The decision to allow the ICL players to join the mainstream was taken by the BCCI’s Working Committee which also decided to increase the Ranji Trophy winners’ purse and revise the match fees for umpires and match referees.

The Working Committee also decided to give a financial assistance of Rs 25 crores to the All India Football Federation for the development of football in the country in the next two years.

“The ex-ICL players, who have been granted amnesty are eligible to play the IPL in the next season (2010) with the cap on the payment being a maximum of Rs 20 lakhs,” the BCCI said in a release after the meeting.

It also said the prize money for the Ranji Trophy winners has been increased to Rs 2 crores, Rs 1 crore for the runners-up, and Rs 50 lakhs each to the losing semi-finalists.

The Working Committee nominated Amish Saheba and Shavir Tarapore to the ICC International Panel and Sanjay Hazare as TV Umpire.

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