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ICL to take legal action if denied ICC recognition
Mumbai, Apr 15 (Agencies):
Published on 16 Apr. 2009 11:44 PM IST
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Just two days before the ICC Executive Board meets in Dubai to discuss Indian Cricket League`s fate, Chairman of Essel Group that bankrolls ICL, Subhash Chandra threatened to take legal action against the ICC if official recognition was not awarded to the T20 league. The ICL is fighting a lone battle to get official status since its launch two years back after the International Cricket Council, on Indian Cricket Board`s pressure, deemed the Twenty league as unofficial. “ICL has emerged as a true global sports brand. We have successfully conducted seven tournaments through our pioneering league. Every edition has seen new innovations, additional sports facilities and a larger talent base to entertain the sports consumer,” Chandra said. “We are utilising the off-season period to further enhance the features of the sports product, to deliver a more vibrant and entertaining brand of cricket for the sports fans of the country.” “We are hopeful to receive official recognition at the ICC Executive Board meeting scheduled for April 17 and 18 in Dubai, failing which we will pursue legal options,” he added. Meanwhile, the cash-strap ICL, which was forced to cancel its second edition earlier this year due to global economic slump down, today announced that the third and fourth leg of the Twenty20 event will be held as per schedule in October this year. The off-season period will witness the ICL Executive Board conducting a detailed “Sports-Performance” evaluation process in regard to its talent pool, player performance and activating its talent-scout initiatives, a release from the organisers stated. “We are extremely happy to inform the cricket fraternity that ICL will return with a bang with its third and fourth editions –- ICL 20-20 Domestic Tournament and ICL 20s Indian Championship –- on schedule from October 2009 onwards,” ICL Executive Board chairman Kapil Dev said. “The ICL Executive Board under my leadership has been given a mandate to carry out a detailed `Performance Evaluation` process, where we would minutely analyse our sports product and come up with new innovations, better player pool, to take the league to the next level,” he added.

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