The Indian Cricket League, an Essel Group venture, has officially announced the names of 51 players who have joined the league. Apart from the national players, the League has also managed to rope in some well-known international players as well.
The players have been selected by the ICL executive board members, coaches and talent scouts of the Indian Cricket League.
Some of the international players who have joined include Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzak, Imran Farhat, Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje. Some of the popular Indian players that have joined the league are Dinesh Mongia, Reetinder Singh Sodhi, JP Yadav, Deep Dasgupta, etc.
Himanshu Mody, Project Head, Indian Cricket League, said, “It is a matter of great pleasure to see these 51 players joining the Indian Cricket League. These players will join the six teams of the inaugural Indian Cricket League. They will be provided with necessary infrastructure and training to compete at the international level.”
The six teams would represent six cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Calcutta and Chennai. The players are expected to play 50 odd matches a year. Their first tournament would be in the format of 20-20 cricket, and is expected to commence by December 2007.
Commenting on winning sponsorships, Mody explained that the attempt would be to create value by offering entertainment to its viewers by providing exciting cricket throughout all seasons.
Kapil Dev, Chairman-Executive Board, Indian Cricket League, said, “It is heartening to see players of such calibre and enthusiasm join the Indian Cricket League in its very first edition. We are sure that with these players’ capabilities, we will have exciting tournaments ahead.”