Is this the beginning of a World Series Cricket-style breakaway body? Although Essel Group head and media mogul Subhash Chandra says he will never do a Kerry Packer, there is every indication that his Indian Cricket League (ICL) -- whose formation he announced recently -- could well become one if Chandra's gambit succeeds.
The ICL will run parallel to the leagues run by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Chandra told the Hindustan Times that he was "not looking at a confrontation" with the board. But asked if he would go on with the planned Rs 100-crore venture, even if the BCCI denied him permission, he said he would. "Irrespective of whether the BCCI says yes or no, we will go on with this project," he said.
...Hindustan Times tracks the formation of the breakaway League and its fallout. Keep checking this space for the latest developments.