ICL Announces Calendar for the year 2008


Panchkula, Dec 16: 1st Edition of ICL 20 20 Indian Championship generates stupendous response Panchkula: Subhash Chandra, Chairman Essel Group along with Mr. Kapil Dev , Chairman Executive Board ICL today announced the cricket calendar for Indian Cricket League (ICL) for the year 2008. ICL will be having 5 tournaments next year.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman Essel Group said, "It is indeed heartening to see the response Indian Cricket League (ICL) has been able to generate in India and across the globe. After a successful launch in keeping with the promise made, ICL is proud to announce its cricket calendar for the coming season."

All set to revolutionise the game of cricket, Indian Cricket League conducted the first ICL 20-20 Championship at the newly built cricket stadium at Panchkula , Chandigarh between November 30th and December 16th. The tournament witnessed world class facilities matching international standards followed in cricket tournaments world over. The high standard production facilities included 30 camera set up, higher technical specifications such as the inclusion of Fly cam, Hawk Eye, Zoomer, Snickometer, Speedgun and Third umpire.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Kapil Dev, Chairman-Executive Board, Indian Cricket League said, "We are overwhelmed to see the enthusiasm that Indian Cricket League has been able to generate amongst fans, not only in India but world over. With such a great response we are happy to announce the way forward for the league in the coming year. The season will ensure an immensely enjoyable cricket carnival. I would like to thank all who have made Indian Cricket League a success".

In a short span of time the Indian Cricket League (ICL) undertook significant revamping of the cricket stadium and made various additions to the stadium to ensure an immensely enjoyable cricket carnival. Overhead lights were put up for day-night encounters. A special media centre was erected with all modern facilities to facilitate the working of the media personnel during the tournament.

Calendar Year 2008:

1.  February 08 - Domestic Championship - 50 Over tournament - Indian players to play 
2.  February – March 08 - Triangular Series to field ICL XI - 20 20 Over Tournament 
3.  March – April 08 - ICL Grand Championship - 20 20 Over Tournament - 8 Teams to participate in the tournament. Increase of 2 Teams. 
4.  April – May 08 - ICL to Open Academies in prominent cities.    
5.  September – October 08 - ICL Invitation Cup - 20 20 Over Tournament - 8 Teams to participate in the tournament 
6.  November – December 08 - ICL 20 20 Indian Championships 2nd Edition.  20 20 Over Tournament 8 Teams to participate in the tournament. 

About the ICL:

Indian Cricket League, ICL is a movement initiated by the Essel Group to identify and unearth the finest of talents in the country. Its mission is to create a pool of high quality ideal cricketers with killer instinct needed to be champions. ICL would be run by a group of professionals with all the expertise and policies benchmarked against the best sports organizations globally. ICL will also foray in creating nation wide infrastructure (cricket academies) which will be equipped with state of the art facilities headed by international / domestic coaches under the supervision of a national director of academies.


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  • Alfred J. Rebello, Kundapur/DUbai

    Wed, Dec 19 2007

    Well done ICL for successfully conducting twenty 20 tournament. I am sure you give a tough competetion to BCCI, whose office bearers are only interested in income rather outcome of the game. Yes, BCCI made some players rich who brought richness to BCCI but ignored the true spirit of the game.

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