Chairman Subhash Chandra’s dream child, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) completed one year this month. Though skeptics had written off this bold venture, ICL has proved that it is a force to reckon with.
ICL is today the most competitive platform available for domestic players in India, comprising acclaimed international stalwarts and promising Indian players. The League is committed to producing cricket encounters of the highest quality.
“In only in its first year of operations, the ICL family boasts of a formidable group of 250 talented members from the cricket fraternity across the globe. It has been a fulfilling experience for the ICL management to see the best cricketing human resource in terms of players, support staff and sports management experts choose the ICL platform to achieve their professional objectives. The finest reflection of our growth with this revolutionary concept is best exemplified, with eight city teams currently, viewers from 120 countries, three mega tournaments across multiple venues and the humongous Rs 27 crore given away as prize money. Even the worst of our critics cannot refute the quality of cricket produced by our magnificent cricketers, which is on par with international standards,” said Kapil Dev, Chairman, Executive Board, ICL.
“I am highly obliged that the great fans of this sport have come forward and supported us in this challenging endeavor. Our first year has been a success, despite all the roadblocks we faced. I would promise all the fans of cricket, across the globe that ICL will only get bigger, better and more entertaining in the years to come.” Kapil added.
The past month saw ICL also launch its anthem, ‘Dil Pe Liya Re’ sung by Sufi sensation Kailash Kher. The anthem resonates with the essence of the sport and conveys the core value of the League. ‘Dil Pe Le Liya Re’ is charged with passion and inspires the listener while retaining an element of fun. The music of the anthem has been composed by Rajat Dholakia, winner of two national awards and the most sought after jingle maker in the industry. The composition has been done by Rupert Fernandes and the lyrics have been penned by Irfan Siddiqui. In the coming weeks, ICL is all set to shoot a fantastic video for the anthem.
“Our growth is reflected in the new additional teams, multiple venues and a magnificent player base in our possession. We are an organisation on the ascendancy mode rightly reflected with our esteemed list of sponsors and investors, who have associated with us in our long term vision of taking the magnificent game of cricket to the next level. Our foundations look solid at the end of year one, giving us the confidence to deliver a sporting product par excellence to our esteemed patrons in the years to come,” Himanshu Mody, Business Head, ICL said.
Report by: Jayshree Kumar
Mail your feedback on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org