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ICL tournament is a minor event: ICC

Dismissing the ICL event as a 'local thing', the ICC allays fears that it will take some gloss of the inaugural Twenty20 Cup.

cricket Updated: Jul 27, 2007 13:54 IST

The ICC on Friday allayed fears that the proposed Twenty20 series by Indian Cricket League would take some gloss of the inaugural world championships to be staged at Johannesburg in September.

ICC cricket manager Dave Richardson dismissed the ICL tournament as a minor event.

"It's a local thing, it's not a threat," Richardson said at the launch of the Twenty20 world championships.

"It doesn't conflict with what we are trying to do in South Africa. It is not an international tournament," he added.

The ICL, a brain child of Indian entertainment house Essel Group, has roped in Brian Lara and has approached New Zealand's Stephen Fleming and Australians Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

Dangling a winner's purse of USD 1 million, the proposed league would feature six teams -- each having four international players in the ranks -- which would play Twenty20 matches across India.

ICL has roped in Indian's lone World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev as Chairman of its Executive Board, where he is joined by Tony Greig, Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones and former India stumper Kiran More.

Former players like Sandeep Patil, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Madan Lal, Rajesh Chauhan and Pranab Roy have also joined the rebel league in some capacity or the other.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, has refused to approve the league and in fact instructed its state associations and players to steer clear of it or risk incurring the Board's wrath.

More has already quit the secretary's post at the Baroda Cricket Association while Kapil has been told to chose between his ICL job and the National Cricket Academy Chairman's post.