ICL: Indian Cricket League

ICL Crisis

Written by F Mirza on August 26th, 2007   (357 views)

International cricket, and with in that, Asian cricket especially the Pakistani cricket has been badly affected by the Indian league. Apparantly Indian league wants to once again revolutionarize the cricket like Kerry Packer of 70’s did. Just like NFL added colors to the soccer in America by introducing colored uniforms, publc clock, better facilities, transparent game, Kerry Packer also filled the colors in the cricket, and experts agree that it had a major contribution to make the game of cricket more popular in the fans.

But keeping in perspective the way Indian Cricket League is baiting the players with huge ungly money, and the way this thing is eroding the pillars of boards is alarming. ICL is trying to build its palace on the graves of other boards. The claim that ICL will fill the gaps and add dynamic beauty to the game will only be judged once it starts its proceedings in the field. But right now, boards across the world are apprehensive and not willing to even discuss ICL in any objective manner. The major difference between Kerri Pecker and ICL is that the former was in Australia, whereas the latter is in India. They both practically represent different worlds, mindset, culture, approach, resources and infrastructure.

Boards across the world have also asked International Cricket Council (ICC) to seriously take this matter. Some have also gone to say that ICC may approbate the ICL. New Zealand players association has asked ICC to accept ICL, lest it becomes a rebel league and the rebellion could result in the instability of boards, as ICL is offering much much more money and facilities as compared to other boards.

But things are not that rosy for Indian league either. They are still unable to attract any real current start from the international arena. One could mention the name of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Brain Lara, and Mohammad Yousaf. But everyone knows that Inzi and Lara have literally ended their one day career, and they are not really appropriate for twenty20 format of the game. Mohammad Yousaf is an exceptionally brilliant player for the test matches and he is too not that ideal for the express format of the game. And Brian Lara has lost his steam long time ago.

Indian league is even unable to attract any major player from their own country. No star Indian player is in the league and ICL is also facing a stiff resistance from the BCCI. ICL is still devoid of any serious star value. But if they succeed in impressing the Indian sponsor than there is great chance of their success. This will also dent the ICC, as the major sponsors of ICC are from India, and that is why ICC has a soft corner for Indian Board, and that is why ICC gives favours to the India board time and again. Will history repeat itself?

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