Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A new cricket league !

I love reading Prem Panicker's blog:

Subhash Chandra, of Zee TV, has gone and done it: set the cat firmly among the BCCI pigeons.

Just moments ago, at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, Chandra did a Kerry Packer, and announced the formation of an alternate domestic cricket league in India.

The salient points:

#The league will comprise six teams of 14 players each.

#Each team will have four international players, and at least two players who have played or are playing at the national level.

#The remaining eight players will be picked from the brightest young talent available in India. "We have experience in talent-search in the entertainment field; we will use that same expertise to unearth cricketing talent," Chandra said.

#Each team will have a qualified coach, physio and psychological expert.

#The league will be floated with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore; the prize money on offer in the first year will be $1 million.

#The league will have a professional media manager, and an ombudsman who will handle complaints either from the public or the players.

Read here for more info.

I am hoping that this will bring a revolution in Indian cricket. If nothing else, we will have something to switch to if the national team repeats its recent performances !