Indian Cricket League (ICL)

Indian Cricket League or ICL become a hot topic in cricket these days. So I am writting about this tournament. I collected the resources from various sites.

The Indian Cricket League (ICL) is a private cricket league that runs parallel to the existing cricket league managed by BCCI. Twenty20 matches are played in ICL .

Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, India is hosting the ICL for the 2007 season. The stadium has a capacity of 20,000 and the ICL plans to lease the stadium for 10 years.


Zee Telefilms  bid for the telecast rights of the biggest international cricket event – 2003 World Cup. Although the highest bid, it was unsuccessful. Subhash Chandra again bid for telecast rights again in 2004 and ended up in an inconclusive court battle. Last March, he bid again for the 2006-10 rights and once again lost. His response: the ICL. “


Then Zee Telefilms announced that it would be partner with infrastructure major IL&FS to create a new ambitious cricket league, Indian Cricket League (ICL). This league will have a prize money of $ 1 million for the winner.


ICL was set up with a Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) corpus, and would initially comprise six teams to be expanded to 16 in three years. This will make ICL the richest professional league in the country with an annual prize of $1 million (Rs. 4.4 crore). 


Each team will be coached by a former player and will comprise four international, two Indian and eight budding domestic players. Essel Group is also planning to set up cricket academies all over the country. BCCI has been assured that it is free to draw from ICL’stalent pool. The league became active in November 2007.

Current Six teams of private clubs of ICL are:

  • Mumbai Champs
  • Chennai Superstars
  • Chandigarh Lions
  • Hyderabad Heroes
  • Kolkata Tigers
  • Delhi Jets

ICL has received support from unexpected quarters. There was a fear that lack of infrastructure, like the cricket stadiums, might limit the success of the operation of the league because BCCI didn’t like and support this and they told they will ban the players who will play in the ICL. But, support from various government bodies has boosted the league. Indian Railways chief Lalu Prasad has shown his backing by opening all the cricket stadiums controlled by the Indian Railways to the league.

You can see this ICL live from Zee Sports.

Most professional cricket around the world is run by the national cricket boards of the full members of the ICC, but there have been several previous attempts to create professional leagues outside the established system. Like the ICL, each of them came into conflict with the establishment:

  • World Series Cricket was formed by Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer in the late 1970s, and played a major role in the commercialisation of cricket.
  • Pro Cricket League in USA formed by Kalpesh Patel. It started with eight teams on 2 July 2004 and expired the same year.[20]
  • Indian Cricket League, US formed in 2005 by PayAutoMata Group in FL, US.
  • Stanford 20/20 formed in 2006 by billionaire Sir Allen Stanford in the West Indies.


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