With the Deccan Chargers IPL team launched this week amid fanfare, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) matches making headlines at least for Bollywood beauties, and the matches of the Deodhar Trophy in progress, Hyderabad is witnessing cricket at a scale that's never been seen before. Here's more.
In the ongoing season, ICL is hosting the Edelweiss 20s Challenge cricket matches at 3 venues across the country - Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Gurgaon. A total of 34 matches involving 8 teams will be played at these venues. Hyderabad is organising 9 league matches and 1 semifinal. The matches in Hyderabad will all be played at the Lal Bahadur Stadium.
Today, the 20th of March, Chennai Superstars will clash with Delhi Giants. The match starts at 7pm, and is the 4th of the Hyderabad schedule.
Chennai Superstars, winner of ICL's inaugural tournament, has 2 points from the 3 matches it has played, and is 5th in the points table, of 8 teams. They have won only one and lost three of their matches. The team is headed by the Australian Stuart Law, and has some big names of world cricket like the Australian allrounders Michael Bevan and Ian Harvey, New Zealand's wicketkeeper batsman Adam Parore, Srilankan allrounder Russel Arnold, Pakistani bowler Shabbir Ahmed and hard-hitting Hemang Badani. Devendran, J Harish, Rajamani Jesuraj, Dakshinamoorthy Kumaran, Thirunavukkarasu Kumaran, Sathiamoorty Saravanan, Rajagopal Sathish, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammed and Ganapathi Vignesh are the other members of the team.
Delhi Giants is spearheaded by the Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu, and has overseas players like South African pacer Dale Benkenstein, New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond and Sri Lanka opening batsman Avishka Gunawardene. Abbas Ali, Abid Nabi, Abhinav Bali, Dhruv Mahajan, Monish Mishra, Ali Murtaza, Nic Pothas, Raghav Sachdev, Abhishek Sharma, Shalabh Srivastava, Taduri Prakash Sudhindra, Jai Prakash Yadav, Dishant Harendra Yagnik and Ali Hamid are the other team members. The Giants have garnered 4 points from the 3 matches they have played, and are second in the points behind the unbeaten Lahore Badshahs.
The Indian Cricket League (ICL) is a private cricket league that runs parallel to the existing cricket league managed by the BCCI. It is promoted by Zee Telefilms (part of Subash Chandra's Essel group), and was set up with a Rs. 100 crore (Rs. 1 billion) corpus. The inaugural season of the ICL started in November 2007 with 6 teams. Each team will be coached by a former international cricketer, and will comprise 4 international, 2 Indian and 8 budding domestic players. The Essel Group is also planning to set up cricket academies all over the country.
Entry to the matches is by tickets of Rs. 200 and Rs. 500 per head, available at specific Music World outlets. Please contact 3988-0288 for further details.