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Rebel League reveals lineup

The ICL unveils 44 Indian players and 6 int'l players including Inzamam, Razzaq and Klusener, reports Akshay Sawai.

cricket Updated: Aug 21, 2007 03:26 IST
Akshay Sawai

It is the Paris Hilton of the sports pages, always creating a stir and making headlines. It is the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

On Monday, the ICL unveiled its plans at a central Mumbai hotel. Kapil Dev, chairman of the League’s Executive Board, led fellow members onto the stage, followed by the 44 Indian players on the roster — from promising youngsters like Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (Bengal) and Ambati Rayudu (Hyderabad) to experienced players like Dinesh Mongia (Punjab).

The ICL board also announced six international players, including Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat, Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Yousuf and South Africans Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje. Brian Lara’s entry was announced last month.

Kapil Dev was his usual self — sometimes incoherent but always zesty, punctuating his statements with a clenched fist. He revealed it’s not all going to be Twenty20. And the players can, technically still play for India. “We will also have 50-over and three-day matches," Kapil said. “They are also free to play for India.”