We Are Not Intimidated By BCCI, Says Indian Cricket League Boss Subhash Chandra
The BCCI may have stolen the thunder from the Indian Cricket League (ICL) by announcing its own Twenty20 League but Subhash Chandra, chief of Essel group bankrolling ICL, insists he is not intimidated by the board.
ICL created a flutter by roping in 50 domestic players, apart from some big names including Brian Lara and Inzamam-ul-haq, but BCCI retaliated by announcing the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League, which would feature stalwarts like Shane Warne, Glenn Mcgrath and Stephen Fleming.
Chandra, however, is unfazed by the development and insists he is not cowered.
“We are not intimidated by the BCCI, don’t worry. We are not worried even,” he told a news channel.
Chandra confirmed that ICL has been pushed to November but insisted that the project was well on its course.
“A lot of progress has been made over the last four months. We were surprised by the public reaction and the media support. It was a tremendous response which we really did not expect.”
He also claimed that the common cricket loving people had spurned BCCI’S theory that ICL was just a commercial venture.
“We thought maybe some people would believe some of the BCCI guys who went about saying that ICL was just Subhash Chandra’s business, another commercial venture.
“But people responded by saying if ICL is commercial, so is BCCI. What is the difference?”
Chandra also felt that he would need to raise the stake in order to survive the tussle with BCCI.
“Ours is a USD 5 million tournament and I don’t think we need to raise the stake. We have recruited 80 young cricketers and 25 foreign players and they are known names.”
He also dismissed the notion that ICL was low on star presence.
“I think it’s the people who make stars, it’s not me or you. If they play well, they would emerge as stars.”