The free market that is modern cricket -- at least as propounded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India -- has just demonstrated its market-driven magnanimity. As of today, all Indian players associated with the ICL will get an "amnesty" if they "cut all ties with the unofficial private league." There will be a "cooling period" of a year before they can become eligible to play international cricket. But they will "be allowed to play domestic cricket immediately."
Magnanimity. You heard it here first.
What I don't get is, why aren't there Indian cricketers who play for the IPL who say, we won't stand for this treatment of fellow professionals who were merely trying to make a living? Is the lure of lucre that overpowering?
I know it matters to nobody, but still: the IPL gets no TRPs from me. And it will not, as long as it talks the language of "bans" and "amnesty" and "cooling periods".