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August 2, 2007 / lazybug

Indian Cricket League Vs BCCI

The battle between the BCCI and the Zee group-backed ICL is getting more interesting than the Cricket itself. The BCCI is suitably miffed at the cricketers that have signed up for the ICL and this was evident from the latest brickbat from the BCCI, this time from the President Mr Sharad Pawar himself:

“Not many people are interested in watching retired players in action. Everyone wants to see official cricket, not the oldies. I see no reason for young players going there. Only those who play official cricket can represent India.”

Yeah, right! Try telling that to the domestic players who have been slogging it out for a place in the Indian eleven only to be left out. And who would not want to watch Brian Lara play his trademark shots? That said, the ICL sleuths has not been having a great time either. Kapil Dev, ICL’s Chairman, had to eat his own words when Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne denied having signed up for the league.

Personally, I don’t have much expectation from the league and I doubt Zee’s ability to promote the thing. But it will become really interesting if it does well since it will challenge BCCI’s monopoly over Indian Cricket. Maintaining its tradition of greediness,the BCCI has already announced that any young player joining ICL will not be considered for the India cap. I feel this move will not work for long if ICL succeeds. Therefore, BCCI will have to come up with some more innovative moves to suppress the competition, which I am sure it will. Till then, may the brickbats continue!



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  1. Ottayan / Aug 2 2007 2:41 pm

    This ICL could be a non-starter.What if Zee bids and gets the right to televise cricket?

    This is just another means to an end.

  2. lazybug / Aug 2 2007 5:33 pm

    I am not sure about that. I have a feeling that Zee is quite serious about this.

  3. Chittaranjan / Aug 3 2007 5:23 am

    U rmr how Kerry Packer’s WSC re-vitalised ODI cricket back in the 90’s?? This one will be the exact opposite! A damp squib if there ever was one!

    Maybe 10 out of 100 will wanna see Brian Lara play…but rmr that in a 100 over match, he can be there for, say, 10 overs!

    ICL = Illogical Chu**ya League!

  4. Vinaya Kumar / Aug 3 2007 8:45 am

    Though it cannot be compared to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket, it will help many young and talented crickets who have been unable to represent their country. Players like Sehwag, L.Balaji, Ashish Nehra and even Laxman can go for it after his test career which I believe will not last for more than one more year.

    It is easier said than done. BCCI might use its power and ICL might become history in no time.

  5. Manohar / Aug 4 2007 7:32 pm

    I’d rather watch likes of Brian Lara, Mc Grath, Shane Ware, Chris Cairns or Nathan Astle who are in good shape than Sourav Ganguly, tEndulkar who are struggling to put bat to ball.
    I wish all the success to ICL and feel it’s our duty to stop this criminalization and corruption of sports in India. I would want an ex cricketer to be the head of ICC and not some dumb politician like Powar. I am not sure what players from Aus, SA, NZ and others would be talking behind powar’s back, i guess they’ll be having a hearty laugh.

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