ICC denies signing deal with Indian Champions League (ICL)
Cricket’s governing body ICC has confirmed on Tuesday that they have not signed any deal with newly found Indian Champions League (ICL) as earlier media reports suggested about a deal.
The Indian Champions League (ICL) is a newly invented T20 tournament which is set to have all the former players who have retired from international cricket. The league is expected to be on similar lines to that of MCL which was held earlier and the tournament is set to be played in UAE.
Eight franchises will feature in the tournament namely Delhi Badshah, Indore Rockets, Mumbai Star, Chennai Warriors, Hyderabad Riders, Bangalore Tigers, Lucknow Super Star and Chandigarh Heroes.
Reports suggest that league’s promoters Magpie Group has signed a three-year deal with ICC but the governing body has denied all the reports in the media as they confirmed no deal has taken place and further gave a clarification on the matter.
“Reports claiming that the ICL has signed a three-year deal with the ICC are baseless and factually inaccurate. The ICC has neither given permission to the ICL to stage the event in the UAE nor it has the authority to sanction such events,” an ICC spokesman told PTI on Tuesday.
“The ICL, as explained previously, needs to contact the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for permission, if it has any plans to stage any tournaments in the UAE,” he added.
The Magpie Sports Group have announced that there will be eight teams for the inaugural edition of the tournament as 52 matches will be played over the course of the tournament. Each team is expected to play six matches in the league stage and there will be two semi-finals and the final.
“Each team will include four national level players. We will hold our first trial to select players for the ICL in Moradabad on September 9. Talented players from Moradabad and neighbouring areas can participate in the trials for the Lucknow Super Star team at the TMU ground in the city. The second trials will be held at the CMR ground in Hyderabad on September 21-23,” said Magpie Sports Group Director Manish Kumar Choudhary.
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