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Camp for ICL players from Aug 29

A camp for all cricketers signed by the Indian Cricket League will be held at the Mayajaal Complex here from August 29. According to sources, former India captain and now chairman of the ICL board, Kapil Dev will be present at the venue, though it is not certain for how many days.

As reported by TOI a few days ago, the Essel Group, the firm promoting ICL, has signed a deal with Mayajaal Complex for training and practice. The ground is situated 25 km away from the city. According to Udeep B, the CEO of the Mayajaal, the details of the deal will be revealed in a couple of days. The complex is spread over 30 acres of land and boasts of a 6-screen multiplex theatre, a resort, restaurants and swimming pools. The complex also houses two cricket grounds and an indoor cricket training facility.

“The A ground is of international standard. The ground size also complies with the ICC specifications,” said an official at the complex.

“ICL will primarily use our complex for practice. However, it may host a couple of matches too,” said Udeep.

League hunts grounds in Kolkata

KOLKATA: Within a couple of days of state sports minister Subhas Chakraborty’s ‘offer’ of the Eden Gardens for use by ICL, the league’s top honcho Himanshu Mody was in town on Saturday to look for more grounds and firm up a few things. If you are fighting the BCCI, Kolkata is not a bad place to be. It’s Jagmohan Dalmiya’s hometown, and Mody didn’t miss the opportunity to have a meeting with the former BCCI boss, who is now a sworn enemy of Sharad Pawar & Co.

Rather expectedly, people close to Dalmiya tried to brush it off as a “chance meeting” at a city hotel, but one understands the two discussed the pros and cons of their rebel league.

East Zone ICL talent scout Pronab Roy accompanied Mody as he went to inspect a few grounds. Mody, however, didn’t meet the sports minister. “The grounds selected for the tournament have to be such that the cameras can be positioned,” an ICL source said.

Give amnesty period to rebels: Bindra

MOHALI: Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) supremo IS Bindra has suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should give players who have signed up with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) an ‘amnesty period’ in case they want to return to the fold.

“There has to be some grace period. The players have been misguided by promises of greener pastures. Now if some of them want to change their minds, doors should be kept open and they should be given some time for that,” Bindra said at the PCA Stadium here on Saturday.

“I understand that there has been so much hype, which is why I am suggesting some amnesty period as it will take the players some time to realise the implications of the step they have taken. However, the final decision on the matter rests with BCCI,” he said.

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