Lahore Badshahs are clashing with Ahmedabad Rockets this evening in the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge Trophy, at the Lal Bahadur Stadium. The Badshahs have, till now, maintained their unbeatable record, and this is their last league match. The Rockets are playing their last match, too, and having won only one match out of their six outings, they are out of this competition. So this match has no practical significance.
Lahore Badshahs is a strong team, and is rated favorite to win the tournament. The team 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.
Ahmedabad Rockets is captained by Australian batsman Damien Martyn and coached by England's John Emburey. The team has just 2 points from the 6 matches it has played, and is in the last place of the points table. The other members of the team are Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie, Zimbabwean alrounders Heath Streak and Murray Goodwin, West Indian opener Wavell Hinds, Parvez Aziz, Bhima Rao, Sachin Dholpure, Anshu Jain, Sumit Kalia, Rakesh Patel, Reetinder Sodhi, Sridharan Sriram, Abhishek Tamarkar, Pallav Vora and Baburao Yadav.
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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