India news June 22, 2011

ICL can start again - Himanshu Mody

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Himanshu Mody, the business head of Zee Sports which ran the ICL, has said the league could be revived "if everything falls in place". His comments come in the aftermath of former IPL chairman Lalit Modi's revelations claiming that the BCCI had the "mandate to scuttle the Indian Cricket League (ICL)" and arm-twisted the global cricket community into falling in line.

"The matter is in the court and we are waiting for Lalit Modi to reveal more on how BCCI plotted to kill our league," Mody told Times of India. "If we are able to get more evidence, it will certainly make our case stronger against the BCCI. If everything falls in place, we may start our league again.

"Certain things revealed by Lalit were not even known to us," Mody said. "We knew that there was a stumbling block in running the league but we still went ahead. The intention was to serve the game."

Modi had claimed - in a series of tweets on Twitter on Tuesday - that the BCCI, in its attempts to scuttle the ICL carried out a sustained and widespread campaign against the privately owned 'rebel league' that eventually led to its closure; it "arm-twisted every cricket board and the ICC" to change their constitutions. The ICL was formed in 2007 post India's disastrous World Cup campaign. However, it seemed to have usurped a plan by the BCCI for a similar league. This set off a series of events, court cases, failed negotiations and bans on players and officials that led to the ICL's closure; the league's last competitive match was in November 2008. Modi said the ICL, was made redundant by being deemed unauthorised: the BCCI refused to recognise the league, in consequence to which the ICC and most national cricket boards refused to do so as well. The ICL, though, moved court, contesting the BCCI's right to represent "India".

In an interview with DNA Lalit Modi elaborated on the fear within the BCCI of the ICL, especially the fact that youngsters were joining it. "Yes, this [youngsters joining the ICL] was a serious concern," Modi said. "They were deserting their state teams. Further, the ICL had proposed to hold matches at the same time as BCCI international and domestic fixtures and as such that would have had a major impact on domestic cricket." There were at least 85 Indian and 60 foreign players aligned with the ICL.

Modi hinted that though there was resistance to the BCCI's decision from the England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand boards, they were pressurised into following the Indian board's stand - a stand only few in the board were party to. "There was resistance from ECB due to anti-competition laws in the UK. There was also resistance from PCB, Bangladesh and New Zealand as a large number of their players had joined the ICL and if it was to be branded as unauthorised cricket then, they would lose the services of these cricketers.

"The players themselves had, for the first time, an opportunity to earn more than they could by playing for their country and as such could not be denied the opportunity. The ICC, as governing body of the game, was approached by the ICL for approval, which normally should not be denied.

"As you know, only a few are involved in the decision-making process in the BCCI. And once they have decided, the rest go along and rubber-stamp it. There was actually little or no discussion."

Modi indicated that the formative plans for the IPL, launched in April 2008, had been on the "drawing board" when the ICL was launched, the question being asked at the time, was whether the BCCI, "would have been able to launch it (the IPL) in the first place" had the ICL been allowed to grow. The "cheque book power of the potential of the ICL" Modi said, would have led to "a bidding war for the players."

Former India captain Kapil Dev, who is the head of the executive board of the ICL, said it was time to "look ahead". "We have to look ahead and think how our presence can help the game. If the ICL would start again, I don't mind doing it all over again."

Former England captain Tony Greig, one of the founding members of the ICL, described Modi's comments as "interesting". "As I understand, there is a pending court action," Greig told Mid-Day, "so I cannot make any observations [on Modi's comments]. Once I am a little clear on this, I would be more than happy to speak on those days," he added.

The ICL however, has other problems to contend with. The league is yet to pay some of the players who participated in it: 19 Pakistan players, who were part of the league, are yet to secure payments of US$2 million still owed to them, and filed a legal notice in February last year. Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, who coached the Lahore Badshahs side in the league and represented the players as well had told ESPNcricinfo in January this year that "none of the officials are picking up the phone now, we've been trying them for months". He added that it was not just players from Pakistan who were owed money: "Millions of dollars are owed to players from Australia, New Zealand, West Indies. We've been in constant contact with Tim May but we've been told now that a legal process could be very lengthy, expensive and not guarantee that we get our money."

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  • SRT_GENIUS on June 23, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    There are some kids in the nearby school who are keenly following this development.

  • on June 23, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    IPL shuld start without any fear of BCCI,

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    MY PERSONAL OPENION IS I.C.L SHOULD RESTART,BECOZ IPL ALLWAYS TRY TO AVOID TOP CLASS BANGLADESHI PLAYERS LIKE TAMIM IQBAL.TAMIM THROUGHLY DESERVE TO TAKE PART OF I.P.L.TEAM.HAVE A LOOK K.K.R PURCHESE GOTUM GHUMVIR & YOUSUF PHATAN SPENDING ALLMOST HUGE AMOUNT OF 4 MILLION DOLLARS,BUT PLEASE HAVE LOOK THIER PERFORMANCE THIS IPL-2011 SEASON. ALSO I SHOULD ADD DURING IPL-2011 AUCTION MOST TEAM TRY TO PUCHESE UNKNOWN NAME AUSTRELIAN DOMESTIC PLAYERS,NOBODY NAVER EVER SAW THEM AT INT. ARENA. AT LAST ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO SAY I.C.L SHOULD RESTART.

  • Navin84 on June 22, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    The ICC or which ever body is responsible should allow the ICL which would have retired players and players who are not in their country's 30 man squad. In this way the ICL can be played at any time without interferring with international matches and players like Gayle, etc.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 22, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Mr. Modi has proved to be a very successful organizer. He is the only person who can do what everyone else tried and failed, start the American Premier League. There is more money to be made here than IPL, if Mr. Modi put the kind of energy he had put in IPL.

  • vivekjagan on June 22, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    BCCI did nt agree for UDRS now many decisions are going wrong in WI tour.. udrs ll definitely help ..ppl must understand..

  • rakesh214u on June 22, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    people will stop watch cricket if ICL comes, already its more t20 cricket... BCCi plz stop IPL tooo and don't encorage ICL to come in... Modi wants to earn some money with ICL.

  • ms.arjun on June 22, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    ICL was a great initiative, it's purpose was to present the top players in the country up for the national selection. Somehow that idea was suppressed and buried by BCCI, and they started IPL, which is oriented towards making insane amount of money for few already rich business tycoons and industrialists. Yes, its accepted that it made many cricketers life secure. However 20-20 is turning out to be a overdose. First, its time BCCI reduce the length of IPL similar to CLT20. Second, ICL is history. I dont think people care anymore.

  • donda on June 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    No ICL only IPL is fine. I am in favor of IPL because it is under BCCI and Modi is just playing his cards to get more attention.

    This is normal big fish always eat the little fish and that is what BCCI did and BCCI was right in their interest and interest of cricket as a whole.

    Only ICC and Boards should be allowed to control cricket otherwise we will have as many leagues as many billionaires we have.

  • on June 22, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    We must not forget ICL was the one reponsible for the popularity of T20 Cricket and IPL...............ICL must be given another chance .............good now that hope is still there of it being started again!

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 23, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    There are some kids in the nearby school who are keenly following this development.

  • on June 23, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    IPL shuld start without any fear of BCCI,

  • on June 23, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    MY PERSONAL OPENION IS I.C.L SHOULD RESTART,BECOZ IPL ALLWAYS TRY TO AVOID TOP CLASS BANGLADESHI PLAYERS LIKE TAMIM IQBAL.TAMIM THROUGHLY DESERVE TO TAKE PART OF I.P.L.TEAM.HAVE A LOOK K.K.R PURCHESE GOTUM GHUMVIR & YOUSUF PHATAN SPENDING ALLMOST HUGE AMOUNT OF 4 MILLION DOLLARS,BUT PLEASE HAVE LOOK THIER PERFORMANCE THIS IPL-2011 SEASON. ALSO I SHOULD ADD DURING IPL-2011 AUCTION MOST TEAM TRY TO PUCHESE UNKNOWN NAME AUSTRELIAN DOMESTIC PLAYERS,NOBODY NAVER EVER SAW THEM AT INT. ARENA. AT LAST ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO SAY I.C.L SHOULD RESTART.

  • Navin84 on June 22, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    The ICC or which ever body is responsible should allow the ICL which would have retired players and players who are not in their country's 30 man squad. In this way the ICL can be played at any time without interferring with international matches and players like Gayle, etc.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on June 22, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Mr. Modi has proved to be a very successful organizer. He is the only person who can do what everyone else tried and failed, start the American Premier League. There is more money to be made here than IPL, if Mr. Modi put the kind of energy he had put in IPL.

  • vivekjagan on June 22, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    BCCI did nt agree for UDRS now many decisions are going wrong in WI tour.. udrs ll definitely help ..ppl must understand..

  • rakesh214u on June 22, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    people will stop watch cricket if ICL comes, already its more t20 cricket... BCCi plz stop IPL tooo and don't encorage ICL to come in... Modi wants to earn some money with ICL.

  • ms.arjun on June 22, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    ICL was a great initiative, it's purpose was to present the top players in the country up for the national selection. Somehow that idea was suppressed and buried by BCCI, and they started IPL, which is oriented towards making insane amount of money for few already rich business tycoons and industrialists. Yes, its accepted that it made many cricketers life secure. However 20-20 is turning out to be a overdose. First, its time BCCI reduce the length of IPL similar to CLT20. Second, ICL is history. I dont think people care anymore.

  • donda on June 22, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    No ICL only IPL is fine. I am in favor of IPL because it is under BCCI and Modi is just playing his cards to get more attention.

    This is normal big fish always eat the little fish and that is what BCCI did and BCCI was right in their interest and interest of cricket as a whole.

    Only ICC and Boards should be allowed to control cricket otherwise we will have as many leagues as many billionaires we have.

  • on June 22, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    We must not forget ICL was the one reponsible for the popularity of T20 Cricket and IPL...............ICL must be given another chance .............good now that hope is still there of it being started again!

  • on June 22, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Enough of this twenty20 leagues. How many tournaments can u have in a year. Already u have IPL and CLT20 every year. Now u have Sri lanka's league. Plus u have non stop international cricket. Very soon you will drive people away from cricket.

  • on June 22, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    The ICL should come to the fore and conduct the Tournament without any fear from BCCI. The youngsters should get all the oppertunities to play the game and bring the hidden talent. The BCCI is adamant and trying to destroy the game. For example they unanimously oppse the DRS whereas all the other Cricket playing Nations support the DRS. The ICC should take the bold decision to implement DRS in all forms of the game.

  • on June 22, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    We don't need two 20 / 20 leagues in India.....

    Granted what the BCCI did was wrong. They should have worked together in a way to bring to two leagues together and form one elite 20 / 20 professional league.

    The ICL should sue....get their money and get repaid for the injustice played upon them. I do not think its a good idea however for them to start the league up again. The IPL is too well-established now and the quality of the players will be diluted.

    One way that things could work however was if the BCCI handled the running of the Champions Trophy and let the ICL and IPL work together on managing the 20 / 20 league.

  • lord2112 on June 22, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I am pretty sure nobody would go to watch ICL.We already have overdose of cricket. Also, where are the players to play in ICL. Now, there is IPL which is taking all the players. Also, players know that if they play in ICL, their chances would decrease to play in IPL.

  • vikram1705 on June 22, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    BCCI is ruining the game of cricket. If they continue like this, not many countries will be interested in playing against India in India. We are corrupt to the core. Whenever we fall short of something, we offer money. Politicians have no business running the cricket administration. Actually, they should not be running anything. Put Sharad pawar where he belongs, the JAIL. They should let the former cricketers like Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath run it. They are doing the same to the Sri lankan cricket league. I would request Mr. Anna Hazare, Ramdev and other like minded people to also take on the BCCI and include it in the Lok Pal Bill. Get rid of these scum bags through whatever means necessary.

  • on June 22, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    ICL privide great platform to the young cricketer rather than star crickter like IPL it is gud to promote cricket in india . hope it will start again and i also like to c a match of lahore badshah with indian teams......... lets cheer for ICL.....................................................................................................

  • CricketChat on June 22, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    May not be a bad idea if ICL restarts. One must remember, Ambati Rayudu (Mumbai IPL) and a few other player's careers were actually revived due to ICL after years of languishing in domestic cricket. Of course, for ICL to survive, it must be granted official status. Also, make rules such that players can't switch from IPL to ICL during the same season. It would add to the drama. Ultimately, whether it succeeds or not will depend on supply - demand principle.

  • uglyhunK on June 22, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Modi is day dreaming. Where are the players ???

  • AJK795 on June 22, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    i'm fine with this icl. just don't want to see their cheap team jerseys with a million ads on them. walking billboards!!!

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    More and more cricket! Cool!

  • StopSundries on June 22, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Good to know that ICL can start again. I don't care if they succeed as a business or not, but I have a serious concern the way BCCI runs the affairs. I could not care 2 hoots about BCCI and its private business of IPL, but to prevent someone else from doing legitimate business, by stopping their players from representing the country, is not acceptable. BCCI cannot stop anyone from playing any form of cricket as far as the players selection in the national team is concerned. They are obliged to select the best possible team from Indian nationals, irrespective of which league they play for. (However, they can legitimatly say if you play for ICL then you cant play for IPL - that would be perfectly legal I would think). I have grave concern about this body controlling the 'National Team'.

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    The only purpose of ICL was to take advantage of the ANTI BCCI sentiment across India after the team lost in the WC.So,India WINNING the World T20 in itself was a nail in ICL's coffin.People came back with BCCi all the more once they started with the IPL.It just shows how Good the people at BCCI are & why they only deserve to Govern the game...

  • alexbraae on June 22, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    let the ipl and icl destroy each other.

  • Indian_Rules on June 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    This Srinivas had a big hand in bundling out ICL.. He wanted a franchisee in one of the primier events and hence he had to scuttle icl out.. otherwise the fan base would have divided which this cement guy did not want... All is done by this cement guy and he should be banned

  • eshwarmv on June 22, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    The idea of re-starting ICL looks good to hear for the zee people, but it will not fall into place as the IPL is a massive success. The BCCI, except for a few isues has always respected the players if they respect BCCI. They are also giving pensions to former cricketers, which is a great gesture. Indian cricket has gone along way. Players are given the necessary amount of rest when it is needed. India have won the Under-19 WC, which shows that cricket at the grass roots level in India is pretty good. The infrastructure is world class. So another edition of the ICL will never materialise.

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    why so much cricket is played around the world!!! all 365 days are booked. Only one reason- " Its Business, its Betting Business"

  • Percy_Fender on June 22, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Lalit Modi has now got something to come back into the limelight. The ICL was the original 20/20 tournament in India not the IPL. The IPL which was the purportedly the legitimate version merely because it had the BCCI tag to it was the tournament duplicated from the original by none other than Lalit Modi. That he was then in the BCCI helped him because it was he who was engaged in global arm twisting not the BCCI. It may be remembered that Lalit Modi was a law unto himself and the Board just looked on. In the event it proved a success and Lalit Modi came to imagine himself to be a modern day Einstein.He has obviously not learnt his lesson.

  • on June 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    I think that anybody should get into the way of these greedy Indians - they should just be left to cut each other's throat for money! The result would be that they will kill the goose that laid the golden egg!

  • arvindhsuperking on June 22, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    the league should restart and though it cannot surpass ipl...it can set its own standards

  • on June 22, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    they need players to rrun the tournamet and i guess the players are not fools to play again in the ICL

  • muski on June 22, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Wow- My Enemy's Enemy is my friend and that is how the 2 Modi's have become bed fellows now. Spare a thought for Subash Chandra . He was the man who intially has this vision of ICL. The fact that Lait and Co with all the powers at their disposal in world cricket arm twisted him is another story. Unfortunately only Kapil has become the scapegoat of all this and is still an untouchable for BCCI. There is a lot that Kapil can contribute in terms of helping budding bowlers in our country. I would like ICL and IPL to slug it out and kill all this tamasha cricket of T20 in our country.

  • on June 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    IPL sucks!!! ICL is much better than IPL and would like it start again!!!

  • imransmalik on June 22, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Sometime when you end the game like the one that is done in ICL it leaves a bad taste. It also shows the Government tactics to blow apart the private business people. It also shows ICC level of ethics and high and might high grounds it chooses to stand. Modi may be grinding his own ax but when at night shall he sleep down he must be feeling the pinch of withhold the evidence. If I understand well there will be natural revenge which will turn few people ,those who are responsible for this farce, to go down the drain. Modi is the first one, other should wait.

  • Baundele on June 22, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    There is no surprise in the fact that the ICC and other boards were bullied by the BCCI. They compelled other boards to ban their players and the ICC to add a few rules and regulations. For cricket's sake both ICL and IPL are blessings if managed properly.

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Here we go again. The concern is it could damage cricket in New Zealand, West Indies, & the developing nations because they dont have the revenue. The IPL & BCCI is getting too greedy & are trying to damage cricket

  • 12kris on June 22, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Revival of the ICL will be only justice. But no kudos to the mercenary Lalit Modi whose revelation is only opportunism. Why didn't he come out with it earlier? Because he was benefiting from the success of IPL at the cost of ICL. In fact he played a big role in the formation of IPL as well as in sabotaging ICL. Lalit, you are just another player in the sad commentary of the Indian adminstration!

  • manish053 on June 22, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    It should be begun. I think there should not be any hitch to begin this and BCCI has no reason to resistance this. Why dose the bcci allow such a league. They made ICL redundant and their eyes at SLPL but they should know conditions are different and if any step will be raised against SLPL there may be big gaff from BCCI and ripe a storm in the world cricket. Therefore well wishers of cricket should step forward to resove the issue.

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    well i wish this league will rock beacause of lahore badshah

  • coolvardhan on June 22, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    we have enough of club cricket in India, no need of ICL. It would just be a platform of Ad campaigns.

  • Kewal999 on June 22, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    The fact that ICL still has uncleared dues of players goes to show that even the promoters of ICL were no saints. They were here purely for the business of cricket and not for the good of Cricket and Cricketers as they claim. Whatever the BCCI did to scuttle ICL, atleast the BCCI is funding non-profitable tournaments in India like the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy, Deodhar Trophy which actually plays a role in the development of Cricketers and Cricket. While the profits of the entire ICL operations would have gone the the promoter's coffers itself.

  • on June 22, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Lalit Modi giving some clue abt blocking ICL is not getting political milage. It was Modi who derailed ICL and now as he is not into IPL he is coming up wid SPL and may also want ICL to get going. BCCI is not doing juistice as all. BCCI is using all his muscle to avoid such event which can come to par to their money spinning event IPL. Now its more to do wid Politics then sports. Lets wait and enjoy the fun

  • Taz786 on June 22, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I liked this better than the IPL. Have an Indian team, a Pakistani team and a rest of the World Team play off in a Tri-Series to start with to get the juices flowing, then have the Lahore Badshah's and a team from Karachi, along with a team from Dhaka and Colombo with the other 4 remaining teams being from India, that would work.

  • crick50 on June 22, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    ICL was the forefront of T20 format which sparked & forced BCCI to start IPL & Sink ICL , I wish ICC should Intervene & buy ICL & start as International Cricket League for T20. We will have more club cricket & helathy cricket.

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Why Lalit Modi is disclosing all these things now? where were he? what was he doing in all these days? I am when BCCI decided to ban ICL he ( L modi) whole heartily supported and copied the ICL format and made IPL and become famous in over night. Now BCCI kicked him out of IPL slapped legal cases on him. So now he is trying to Humiliate BCCI, by giving bits and peaces. But he forgotten one think that is BCCI is also full of thick skin people like him!!!!

  • Hasso29 on June 22, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    we want icl beacuse it is beneficial to PAKISTANI players!

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Both IPL & ICL should be banned for every, this is not cricket, this is money making only, i hate cricket now due to IPL

  • on June 22, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    ICL IS CRAP WITHOUT LAHORE BADSHAH AND PAKISTANI PLAYERS

  • Jim1207 on June 22, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Wow just two months back, everyone was bashing IPL for what it is. And now, they are supporting ICL for the same reason. ICL did not serve the game, it just made youngsters play T20 for money while ignoring domestic 5-day games. That, in my opinion, is a crime and disgrace to test cricket. Whatever BCCI did with its power in this issue was good for the game. ICL cannot win any lawsuit in courts, that's the truth.

  • JP_the_genius on June 22, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    IPL may be the brain-child of Modi but was surely a replica of ICL. Everyone knew that BCCI used its powers against ICL. Now, Modi has agreed to that, bringing the truth to the world. Personally, I may not favour ICL, but Kapil & Subhas (Zee Owner) must get their due credit, in whatever possible form.

  • on June 22, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    This will overkill cricketers and the quality will reduce in other formats of the game...

  • anver777 on June 22, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Await !!!!!!!! "THE RE-CARNATION of ICL" a joint venture by MODY n MODI ......

  • sweetspot on June 22, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Modi is not Mahatma Gandhi. Where was he when all this was happening? Well inside the BCCI's machinery. He was happy as the ICL was being banned! This whole idea of a cricket league came about because of ONE MAN - the one and only KAPIL DEV! Nobody has given him credit for bringing the idea to fruition. The IPL is based entirely on the model the ICL set up. Let's honour Kapil first. The ICL may not take off now, due to purely business reasons. But I'd like to see them sue the BCCI for billions.

  • moko58 on June 22, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    ICL was created to satiate the appetite of the Indian fans after the 2007 World cup failure of the Indian team. It was a tournament which would never disappoint the Indian TV viewers since some or the other 'indian' team would win. Unfortunately this was taking away the cake from BCCI and making it look foolish. So BCCI said 'all things cricket in India belong to me' and pushed ICL out. Was that ethical ? No. But now IPL has come to stay and there may not be a window for one more T20 league in India. Or will there ?

  • abuhameed_84 on June 22, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    ICL will be a Lifeline to Lalit Modi... He should start this league to dominate IPL...

    Where Ipl is his own child....

  • ssenthil on June 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Lets start T-20 Club games everywhere and let see how it goes

  • on June 22, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    First pay the dues of Lahore Badshah's in their last venture which are still outstanding

  • cricket_for_all on June 22, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    aha!!! that is interesting. It seems that BCCI is caught up with something for sure. We all knew that BCCI forced other boards to change the constitution but without evidence. Mr. Modi seems to have evidence. I am sure Indian Justice system is much better than BCCI's dictatorship.

  • kalaalok1982 on June 22, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Please don't restart this league. It was'nt even FINE. This was a failure s it created no technique and had flop players from ndia as well as round the world.

    PLEASE PLEASE don't restart this again. We were sick to death

  • Amarjitmadan on June 22, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Do hope justice will prevail in the end.They should be compensated liberally with interest and allowed to operate from all stadiums in the country.The high handedness of BCCI in handling legendary Kapil(being associated with ICL) is a matter disgrace for cricket in India.

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  • Amarjitmadan on June 22, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Do hope justice will prevail in the end.They should be compensated liberally with interest and allowed to operate from all stadiums in the country.The high handedness of BCCI in handling legendary Kapil(being associated with ICL) is a matter disgrace for cricket in India.

  • kalaalok1982 on June 22, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Please don't restart this league. It was'nt even FINE. This was a failure s it created no technique and had flop players from ndia as well as round the world.

    PLEASE PLEASE don't restart this again. We were sick to death

  • cricket_for_all on June 22, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    aha!!! that is interesting. It seems that BCCI is caught up with something for sure. We all knew that BCCI forced other boards to change the constitution but without evidence. Mr. Modi seems to have evidence. I am sure Indian Justice system is much better than BCCI's dictatorship.

  • on June 22, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    First pay the dues of Lahore Badshah's in their last venture which are still outstanding

  • ssenthil on June 22, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Lets start T-20 Club games everywhere and let see how it goes

  • abuhameed_84 on June 22, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    ICL will be a Lifeline to Lalit Modi... He should start this league to dominate IPL...

    Where Ipl is his own child....

  • moko58 on June 22, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    ICL was created to satiate the appetite of the Indian fans after the 2007 World cup failure of the Indian team. It was a tournament which would never disappoint the Indian TV viewers since some or the other 'indian' team would win. Unfortunately this was taking away the cake from BCCI and making it look foolish. So BCCI said 'all things cricket in India belong to me' and pushed ICL out. Was that ethical ? No. But now IPL has come to stay and there may not be a window for one more T20 league in India. Or will there ?

  • sweetspot on June 22, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Modi is not Mahatma Gandhi. Where was he when all this was happening? Well inside the BCCI's machinery. He was happy as the ICL was being banned! This whole idea of a cricket league came about because of ONE MAN - the one and only KAPIL DEV! Nobody has given him credit for bringing the idea to fruition. The IPL is based entirely on the model the ICL set up. Let's honour Kapil first. The ICL may not take off now, due to purely business reasons. But I'd like to see them sue the BCCI for billions.

  • anver777 on June 22, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Await !!!!!!!! "THE RE-CARNATION of ICL" a joint venture by MODY n MODI ......

  • on June 22, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    This will overkill cricketers and the quality will reduce in other formats of the game...