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ICL plans to expand to a 12-team format in three years

The rebel Indian Cricket League announces plans to expand it from the initial six to a 12-team format within the next three years.

cricket Updated: Aug 18, 2007 18:30 IST

The rebel Indian Cricket League floated by the Essel Group has announced plans to expand it from the initial six to a 12-team format within the next three years and the league would feature teams like Bombay Jets and Madras Heat.

The ICL's official website informed that initially the teams would each comprise six internationals and nine Indian players while saying that retired Australian batsmen Justin Langer and Damien Martyn had both declined its offers.

The ICL website also indicated that retired New Zealand all rounder Chris Cairns was more likely to join it while denying that captain Stephen Fleming has been approached.

It has also indicated that negotiations were on with retired Australian greats Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

Already the ICL has roped in former West Indies great Brian Lara as the first high-profile signing for its inaugural six-team Twenty20 tournament later this year.

It got a shot in the arm on Friday with the decision of seven current Hyderabad players, including former India under 19 captain Ambati Rayudu, joining the rebel league and thereby effectively chucking their chances of representing the country in official Tests and ODIs.

The BCCI has already issued a statement that any one was free to join the league but they cannot expect to get benefits from the Cricket Board or be connected with its activities, effectively meaning they would be barred from playing in any form of cricket that the board conducts.