The inaugural tournament of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) - the ICL 20 20 Indian Championship - will be held between November 30 and December 16 at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula, Chandigarh.
The announcement was made at the ICL's executive board meeting in Chennai. The tournament will consist of 20 Twenty20 matches, and will culminate with the final on December 16, preceded by the playoff matches for 3rd/4th and 5th/6th place.
"The ICL 20 20 Indian Championship will be held as promised, later next month at Chandigarh. We are working hard to deliver a very exciting tournament for the Indian viewers," Kapil Dev, the chairman of the ICL's executive board, said. "I am confident that the public in this country will witness for the first time a fully professionally run and organised extravaganza of cricket."
The ICL, launched by the Essel Group, has signed players such as Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Lance Klusener, Nicky Boje, Damien Martyn, Deep Dasgupta and Dinesh Mongia. Mohammad Yousuf had joined as well, but opted out ahead of Pakistan's home series against South Africa.
The dates for the tournament clash with India's home Test series against Pakistan.