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ICL would be bigger hit than IPL: Cairns

cricket Updated: Nov 29, 2007 02:38 IST
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Indian cricket League recruit Chris Cairns feels the ‘rebel’ venture would be a big hit with fans as it has more local representation than the BCCI-backed IPL.

“The IPL will have a lot of current players and all of them are huge stars. But ICL has an edge because we have a local flavour to our sides, which makes it easier for the fans to connect with us,” the former New Zealand all-rounder said.

“We have a nice mix of youth and experience in all our teams. On one hand we have recently-retired megastars like (Brian) Lara and Inzamam-ul Haq, who can pull in crowds. And on the other hand, there are youngsters from within India, who will get an opportunity to showcase their talent,” he added.

The 37-year-old said it was unfair to call ICL a rebel league.

“More than anybody else, I think it’s the media which is trying to build it up as a rebel series. I don’t agree with this description. Take for instance my case, how can you call me a rebel? I am not contracted to my country’s board any more, so no one has the right to stop me from coming here and playing,” he said.

“As for the boards threatening to ban players, it’s unfortunate. Playing in ICL does not make you ineligible for selection. Why can’t we treat it as just another opportunity to go and play cricket?” he asked.