The rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) is in no mood to surrender yet against the BCCI backed much-hyped Indian Premier League (IPL), which is to start on April 19, as they are constantly progressing in their own way and in their own little World.
The ICL on Monday announced its forthcoming tournament 'ICL 20s World Series 2008.' that will commence next week in Hyderabad and will feature international sides comprising ICL India, ICL Pakistan and ICL World battling for the title.
The event will be held from April 9 to 15 at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad. The tournament will have in total 7 matches, with each team playing against each other twice, followed by final slated on April 15.
Launching the ICL World Series 2008, Kapil Dev, Chairman, Executive Board, ICL, said, "The level of cricket at ICL is on an ascendancy mode. Throughout the Edelweiss 20s Challenge, we saw our boys come out with stand-out performances, which shaped the results of some high standard cricket matches.”
“With this latest tournament our promising domestic boys will face the toughest challenge of proving their cricketing credentials against two of the mightiest teams in the world,” Kapil added.
"Currently the Lahore Badshahs have raised the bar as far as competitiveness goes. Now it is for the other two teams, especially ICL India to raise their standard of play to match up to the competition", Kapil said.
The Executive Board along with the Selection committee will select and announce the final Indian squad and the Indian skipper after the Edelweiss 20s Challenge’s second semi finals. Former Australian wicket keeper Steve Rixon will be the coach of Indian Team.
Inzamam Ul-Haq will lead the formidable ICL Pakistan team while Chris Cairns will lead a galaxy of international stalwarts representing ICL World. Moin Khan will coach the Pakistan side while former England off spinner John Emburey will coach the World team.
The ICL has so far successfully conducted three tournaments and by the end of April 15 it will be four tournaments old. Starting with the inaugural ICL 20-20 Indian Championship held at Chandigarh (Panchkula).
The ICL 50's held at Chennai & Hyderabad, and the highly competitive Edelweiss 20s Challenge held in Chandigarh (Panchkula), Gurgaon and Hyderabad and with this latest tournament the ICL World Series is bound to set new standards in the domestic cricketing arena.
ICL TRI-SERIES FIXTURE
Wednesday April 9, 2008 INDIA VS WORLD, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Thursday April 10, 2008 PAKISTAN VS WORLD, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Friday April 11, 2008 INDIA VS PAKISTAN, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Saturday April 12, 2008, INDIA VS WORLD, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Sunday April 13, 2008, INDIA VS PAKISTAN, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Monday April 14, 2008, PAKISTAN VS WORLD, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
Tuesday April 15, 2008 FINAL, Hyderabad 19.00 hrs
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