With Hyderabad Heroes one-up in the best of three finals of the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge Cup against the mighty and unbeaten Lahore Badshahs by winning the first final at Panchkula played on 4th April, the second final on 6th April at the Lal Bahadur stadium promises to be a tight affair.
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.
Lahore Badshahs is captained by the dynamic ex-Pakistani skipper Inzamam-Ul-Haq. The other members are spinners Arshad Khan, Hasan Raza, allrounders Azhar Mahmood, Naved Latif and Riaz Afridi, wicketkeeper Humayun Farhat, left hand batsman Imran Farhat, dashing openers Imran Nazir and Taufeeq Umar, fast bowlers Mohammad Sami, Naved-ul-Hasan and Shahid Nazir, and the veteran spinners Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq.
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, and had 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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