Sunday, 26 August, 2007


The Indian Cricket League (ICL) is a proposed private cricket league that will run parallel to the existing cricket league managed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The format of ICL will be Twenty20.

On 3 April 2007, Zee Telefilms (part of Subhash Chandra promoted Essel Group) announced that it would be partner with infrastructure major IL&FS to create a new ambitious cricket league, Indian Cricket League (ICL). This league will have a prize money of $ 1 million for the winner. ICL was set up with a Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) corpus, and would initially comprise six teams to be expanded to 16 in three years. This will make ICL the richest professional league in the country with an annual prize of $1 million (Rs. 4.4 crore).

ICL has already signed a number of major players but is yet to reveal their names. On July 24th, some great international names have been cropped up to join ICL
The ICL has confirmed that Brian Lara has signed up and will be joining the league.
New zeland skipper Stephen Fleming would also join ICL.
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq also expressed his desire to join the league
Deep Dasgupta, the former India wicketkeeper, feels that Bengal's cricketers do not get their recognition, so he also decided to join ICL
Click here to know more about the confirmed players who are joining ICL

Each team will be coached by a former India player and will comprise four international, two Indian and eight budding domestic players. Essel Group is also planning to set up cricket academies all over the country. BCCI has been assured that it is free to draw from ICL's talent pool. The league will be functional by July-August 2007 and will start with Twenty20 format matches in the run-up to the Twenty20 World Cup in September 2007.

Former international cricketers including Kapil Dev, Tony Greig, Dean Jones and Kiran More have been hired as board members of the Indian Cricket League. The board positions will be paid positions.
Read more From Wikipedia

BCCI's Response :
The BCCI refused to recognise ICL as a cricket league, and criticised Kiran More and Kapil Dev for joining ICL. Kapil Dev's association with ICL was seen as conflict of interest as he is the current chairman of National Cricket Academy, a BCCI owned cricket facility. As of August 21, 2007 Kapil Dev has been sacked from his NCA post. Subhash Chandra had earlier stated that the ICL will go ahead regardless of the BCCI stance.

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