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ZEE to start new cricket league
Apr 3, 2007 - 7:15:16 PM

New Delhi, April 3 - The Zee Group Tuesday announced the launch of an Indian Cricket League - with a Rs.1 billion corpus.

The league will consist of six teams or clubs in its initial year, which will be increased to 16 over the next three years. The matches will be of Twenty20 format and played on home and away basis. The winning team will get prize money of $1 million.

Each team in the league would have four foreign players and two Indian, who are registered with the BCCI -. The other players would be young budding players.

'It is not in conflict with the BCCI but complimentary to it,' said Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra, announcing launch of the cricket league here.

'We have sent a proposal to the BCCI and I don't think they will reject it. I don't even want to assume that BCCI will reject it,' he said.

The cricket league will be an annual feature.

'We will try to start it as early as possible. Maybe in July,' said Chandra.

Zee said it also plans to set up cricket academies equipped with state-of-the art facilities across the country.

Sports medicine would be introduced to ensure fitness of players and a full-fledged record kept of their behaviour pattern, diet and game statistics.

The group will also appoint talent scouts in all states to hunt for young players to play in the ICL.

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