Domain Registrations Make Bodies Question if Split Coming in World Cricket

The registration of domain names similar to those of the names of existing governing bodies have led the major cricket bodies to question if there is a move being made to set up a new competition among the major players.According to a report in The Guardian, “the International Cricket Council has launched an urgent investigation after Essel Group, the company behind the now-defunct Indian Cricket League, began registering companies with names that appear to be rival national cricket boards, raising fears of a future split in world cricket.””The matter was discussed during last week’s ICC board meeting in Dubai, as was the recent registration of website domain names, including, by an employee of the broadcaster Ten Sports, which is a subsidiary of the Essel-owned Zee Entertainment Enterprises.”Objections to the domain registrations have come from governing bodies in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, among others.The move “by Essel, whose rebel ICL tournament ran from 2007 until its collapse in 2009, and Ten Sports, the host broadcaster for home international matches played by West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe, have left cricket chiefs questioning whether fresh moves are afoot for another breakaway cricket tournament.””In the absence of any proper explanation, there is clearly a concern for cricket,” an England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson told the BBC.