ICL: Indian Cricket League

ICL Gala or ICL Inferno

Written by F Mirza on August 25th, 2007   (434 views)

In these days when there is a relative lull in the international matches being played, Indian Cricket League (ICL) has attracted the attention of boards, players, media and fans. Every new day comes with fresh news, which create more and more ripples in the already muddied situation.

At one side, boards of cricket around the world including the Indian cricket board and ICC, some former and current players, are staunchly against the ICL, and on the other hand there is an increasing group of players both former and current, who are in the favour of the rebel ICL, while the media as usual enjoys.

In the recent development, Kapil Dev who is the major person behind ICL has been thrown out of the presidency of Indian Cricket Academy. The decision was taken in the special meeting conducted by BCCI in Mumbai. It was also decided that BCCI will take stern action against other players and BCCI officials who will be found involve in the ICL affairs.

And the joy of Indian domestic cricketers is spectacular, as they are eyeing the lucrative financial benefits and the chance to play with the world renowned players like Brian Lara, Mohammad Yousaf, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Abdul Razzaq and many others. For many of them, an elusive dream has come true, because its a very burning desire in every domestic player to play with the players of international caliber.

In an another blow to BCCI, Bengal Cricket Association has also shown its support for ICL. According to Bengali association, they have no concerns regarding the involvement of their players in the ICL. They are of the opinion that this will help in grooming their players and its a great chance for the betterment of cricket in their country. The bengali officials said that their association is a very flexible and democratic one, and neither their players have informed them prior to play in ICL nor they asked any player about it.

Despite the threats of the boards, players who have either almost finished their careers or are angry with the boards, are joining the ICL in galore. Though boards have said it in public that players who would play in ICL would lose their contracts and other facilities and they could also face a ban on playing in the international arena, but it seems that money is winning right now.

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