The immense success of the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge Cricket Tournament that ended last week in Hyderabad has prompted the ICL to organise another tournament in the city - the ICL 20s World Series Cricket Tournament - from 9th to 15th April, at the Lal Bahadur Stadium. 3 of the best teams - World XI, India XI and Pakistan XI - selected from the eight teams that played the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge, will feature in this tournament. Today, the inaugural day, India XI will play the World XI.
Chris Cairns is the captain of the World XI team. The other members of the team are Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana, Matthew Elliot, Andrew Hall, Chris Harris, Ian Harvey, Michael Kasprowicz, Jimmy Maher, Damien Martyn, Daryl Tuffey, Johan van der Wath and Lou Vincent (wk).
The India XI side will be captained by R Sathish, and will have Abbas Ali, Love Ablish, Abu Nechim, Stuart Binny, Rohan Gavaskar, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Ibrahim Khaleel (wk), Thiru Kumaran, Ali Murtaza, Raviraj Patil, S Saravanan, TP Singh, TP Sudhindhra, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammed and G Vignesh making up the rest of the squad.
The match will be played under the floodlights, with 20 overs each side. Entry to the matches is by tickets of Rs. 100 and Rs. 300 per head, available at specific Music World outlets and Walden (Begumpet).
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. Since then, it has organised three tournaments and this is the fourth one. The Essel Group is also planning to set up cricket academies all over the country.
Please contact 3988-0288 for further details.