Lara’s participation in ICL Twenty20 tournament doubtful
Even as the rebel Indian Cricket League (IC) Twenty20 tournament is all set to begin at Chandigarh from November 30 next, doubts prevail over former West Indies captain Brian Lara joining the game.It is learnt that Lara who had signed up with the ICL some time back and is scheduled to lead the Mumbai Champs – one of the teams in the much-publicized tournament, has left his country, but is yet to communicate with the organizers regarding his arrival in India to participate in the matches.
In fact, rumors are doing the rounds in cricket circles that Lara might not play for ICL and might join BCCI-promoted Indian Premier League (IPL).
All that ICL executive board Chairman Kapil Dev was prepared to say is that Lara has left West Indies and only once he reaches here, they all will know. Regarding the participation of the other international players who have signed up for the ICL, Kapil said confirmed that all most all of them would be here for the matches and if one or two falls ill or cannot attend the matches for some unforeseen reasons, they could do little to help.
It may be mentioned here that in addition to many Ranji players, a number of international cricket stars, including some who have retired from the game recently, have signed up with the rebel league. The international player who are scheduled to star in ICL Twenty20 tournament include Nathan Astle, Chris Cairns, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Brian Lara, Russel Arnold, Abdul Razzak, Chris Harris, Nicky Boje, Dinesh Mongia, Lance Klusener, Stuart Law, Craig Macmillan, Vikram Solanki and Ian Harvey On the other hand, Tony Greig and Dean Jones are on the commentary panel of the ICL tournament..
Meanwhile, preparations for the tournament at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium in Chandigarh are in full swing with stands, floodlights and other facilities being installed. According to Kapil, things would soon fall in their place before the matches begin. He said that since it is a newly born baby, initially there would be some problems, but all will be well in the end.