Essel Group has announced the Executive Board for Indian Cricket League (ICL). The appointment follows the launch of the ICL a month ago. The Board that has been appointed will consist of five to six members wherein the announcement comprises already four names: Kapil Dev, Kiran More, Tony Greig and Dean Jones.
Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group, said, “ICL is proud to announce its official Executive Board comprising some of the biggest names in the game who bring along a wealth of experience and expertise. The Executive Board will consist of five to six members and will be headed by Kapil Dev. The other members on the Board are Tony Greig, Kiran More and Dean Jones. More positions will be finalised in the near future.”
Elaborating on the role of the Executive Board, Himanshu Mody, Business Head, Zee Sports, explained, “The role will be of professionally creating and managing the overall Cricket League. The key responsibilities that will be outlined includes the formation of the six teams comprising the league; selecting the budding talent from within the country that will play in the ICL; laying out the playing conditions and formulating the rulebook; and preparation of the grounds and pitches that will create conditions to play the game to make it more exciting and interesting.”
On the tie-up for the Executive Board, Kapil Dev commented, “It gives me great pleasure to lead the executive board of Indian Cricket League. I will try and utilise my experience of motivating and guiding players both as captain and as coach to take the young talent to the pinnacle of success. The format, the playing conditions and most importantly, the mindset of the players will be our focus.”
Former English captain Tony Greig said, “I can guarantee you that cricket has now come a full 360 degree, and India is now ripe and ready for a professional cricket league. This will be the platform where youngsters from all corners of India will play alongside the superstars of international cricket, learn the tricks of the trade from them, and gain confidence to excel.”
While Australian Batsman Dean Jones opined, “The concept of ICL just bowled me over and with a fantastic team I am certain we will score 100's and create records. Time and again we as cricketers have said that the game must be run by those who have played it at the highest levels but our plea fell on many a deaf ears and ICL has come to correct all of that.”
Former National Selector and Indian wicket keeper Kiran More said, “I am happy to be part of the Indian Cricket League Executive Board. This will provide a platform to millions of budding cricketers and it will be my job to ensure that we showcase the best that India has to offer, in terms of cricket talent.”
Chandra remarked, “The game should be run by people who have played it at the highest level, and hence the choice of the members. I extend them my complete support to make the ICL the pinnacle of cricket in times to come.”