As part of ICL's Edelweiss 20s Challenge Trophy, Hyderabad Heroes will clash with Mumbai Champs this evening. As all four semi-finalists - Lahore Badshahs, Chennai Superstars, Hyderabad Heroes and Kolkata Tigers - have been decided, this match is merely a league formality.
Hyderabad Heroes is captained by the experienced New Zealand allrounder Chris Harris, coached by Steve Rixon, and has international stars in Pakistani allrounder Abdul Razzak, Australian batsman Jimmy Maher, South African spinner Nicky Boje and hard-hitting batsman Justin Kemp. The side also has youngsters Stuart Binny, Alfred Absolem, Anirudh Singh, Ibrahim Khaleel, Ambati Rayudu, Inder Shekhar Reddy, Kaushik Reddy, Shashank Nag, D Vinay Kumar, Baburao Yadav, Syed Sahabuddin and Zakaria Zuffri.
The team has eight points from the six matches it has played, with four wins and two losses. This is their last league match, and a win will take them to the second spot behind the Badshahs. It also means that the team will have to play the semifinal at Chandigarh, losing the home advantage.
Nathan Astle is the captain of Mumbai champs. The other members of the team are Tino Best, Michael Kasprowicz, Johan van der Wath, Avinash Yadav, Suyash Burkul, Shridhar Iyer, Dheeraj Jadhav, Saman Jayantha, Pushkaraj Joshi, Shreyas Khanolkar, Ranjit Khirid, Nikhil Mandale, Robin Morris, Raviraj Patil, Kiran Powar, Anupam Sanklecha and wicket keeper Subhojit Paul, and the team is coached by Sandeep Patil. With the withdrawal of Brian Lara from the entire tournament, the team has suffered a major setback. It has won two matches out of six played, and is currently in 7th place.
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 was in November 2007, featuring 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.
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