The Essel Group’s Indian Cricket League (ICL) has announced a stellar list of 51 international and local talent, including Pakistani stars Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq and Imran Farhat.
The ICL has also roped in South African Lance Klusener and countrymate Nicky Boje. Earlier, West Indian legend Brian Lara had confirmed his acceptance to captain of one of ICL's six city teams
A slew of Indian domestic players have also joined the ICL bandwagon, including Dinesh Mongia, Ritendu Singh Sodhi, J P Yadav, Deep Dasgupta, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and T Kumaran. Ambati Rayudu from the Hyderabad Cricket Association has been appointed as the captain of the under-19 team.
The players have been selected by the ICL executive board members, coaches and talent scouts of the Indian Cricket League.
“It is a matter of great pleasure to see these 51 players joining the Indian Cricket League. These players will join the six teams of the inaugural ICL. They will be provided with necessary infrastructure and training to compete at the international level,” Himanshu Mody, Project Head, Indian Cricket League, stated.
The six teams would represent six cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Calcutta and Chennai. The players are expected to play 50 odd matches a year. Their first tournament would be in the 20-20format and is expected to commence by December 2007.
Kapil Dev, Chairman-Executive Board, Indian Cricket League, said, “It is heartening to see players of such calibre join the Indian Cricket League in its very first edition. We are sure that with these players’ capabilities, we will have exciting tournaments ahead.”
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