The ICL tourney is hotting up. With Lahore Badshahs already in the semifinals, the war is for the remaining three slots. Chennai Superstars are currently occupying the 2nd spot with 8 points, and have finished all their league matches. Hyderabad Heroes, Kolkata Tigers and Delhi Giants have 6 points each, with the Heroes and the Tigers having two more league matches each and the Giants having only one.
New Zealand allrounder Craig MacMillan is the captain of Kolkata Tigers, and Daryll Cullinan is its coach. The other members of the team are New Zealand allrounder Andre Adams, Sri Lankan allrounder Upul Chandana, South African allrounder Lance Klusener, South African fast bowler Nantie Hayward, Abu Nechim, Pritam Das, Subhomoy Das, Deep Dasgupta, Mihir Diwakar, Eklak Ahmid, Rohan Gavaskar, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Rajiv Kumar, Shibsagar Singh and Sujay Tarafdar.
Lahore Badshahs is a strong team, having won all its five matches. It is rated favorite to win this tournament, and still has two more matches left to play. The team is captained by the dynamic ex-Pakistani skipper Inzamam-Ul-Haq. The other members of this outfit 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 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.
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