Indian Champions League: Another ICL

Indian champions league is a proposed tournament by Magpie sports group, expected to be held in Dubai in December-January this season. Magpie group has announced 8 teams based on various Indian cities. Let's find out more about ICL.

India slowly is becoming a hub of T-20 tournaments. Back in 2006 BCCI were reluctant to adopt this format but today BCCI is the richest cricket board and Indian Premiere League has a lot to do with it. IPL was a result of competition of BCCI with Indian Cricket League founded by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. After India won first ever T-20 world cup, Subhas Chandra announced a T-20 tournament like English Premier League football. The tournament was instant hit and many ex and current International cricketers were paid huge money to participate in it. This gave birth to IPL. ICL was later shut down but the craze of T-20 league has skyrocketed since then. Karnataka State cricket association formed their own league and later Tamil Nadu followed them. Cricket association of Bengal are also planning for a similar league.

The rise of such tournaments and the profit associated with it attracted plenty of businessmen towards it. A few businessmen tried to establish a league of their own and few are successfully running it but they are not as popular because not many famous players are participating in them. Indian Premier Corporate league is one of them which is operated by Indian T-20 cricket Association.

The latest addition to this type of league is Indian Champions League. Magpie sports group, a Delhi based sports apparel and event Management Company directed by Manish Kumar Chaudhry is planning to organize this league in Dubai in December and January this season. According to Manish some retired International players have agreed to participate in the tournament. Sanath Jayasuriya, Jacob Oram, Darren Gough and Sikander Raza are some of the known names who are listed one ICL's official blog The Facebook page of ICL suggests that there are over 50 International and first class players are contracted for ICL-1.

The league has already struggling to get a professional status as BCCI clearly rejected this league and FICA has warned their players to participate in this league. However according to reports ICL management will meet ICC to get clearance for this league later this year. The league also has been criticized for its less professional approach by Dean Ahmed, an England based businessman who owns a player management company. Ravi Bopara and Ryan ten Doeschate who were rumoured to participate in the league announced via their twitter handle that they will not be participating in this tournament and they were not approached either. It was also reported that Magpie Sports group will approach Indian cricketers to participate in this league as well. Some Under-19 players have already been drafted in.

According to Manish, ICL will be a great tournament for cricketers of India who play below first class level. There will be 4 international cricketers in every team and rest of the team will comprise of local Indian cricketers. Selection trials are being held across various cities of India. The dates and venues of trial are available on their blog. The first trial was held in Moradabad TMU ground on 9th September and a total of 40 players appeared in the trial. The first camp will be held at Tau Devilal Stadium, Panchkula on 15th October.


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