BCCI set to launch its Cricket league

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> The Battle between the BCCI and the ICL is all set to take a new twist as the BCCI is set to launch its own Twenty20 Cricket League.

Updated: September 14, 2007 14:47 IST
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New Delhi:

The Battle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL) is all set to take a new twist as the BCCI is set to launch its own Twenty20 Cricket League.

The players were present for a high profile gathering in the capital that also saw Indian captain Rahul Dravid, with Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly in attendance.

ICC's acting President, Ray Mali is also attending the meeting.

The new league will be based on Football's Champions League format and will involve players from India along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia England, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Members from the various international Boards are in the capital for the preliminary details of the new league.

A total of 8 teams will play in the Indian league, and every team will have 8 Indians and 4 International stars.

The best 2 teams will play in the Champions League. BCCI president Lalit Modi is the convernor for the new league.

The other members in the league committee include I S Bindra, Arun Jaitley, Rajiv Shukla, Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Chirayu Amin and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

The new league gets underway in April next year, there will be 59 matches over 44 days.

Competition hots up

If the Indian Cricket League has Brian Lara, BCCI'S new Indian Premier League has Glenn McGrath.

The former Australian fast bowler has been named brand ambassador for BCCI's Indian Premier League.

There were reports earlier that McGrath and his teammate Shane Warne both would join the ICL. At that time, the managers of both the players had denied the reports.

McGrath will only be a brand ambassador though; he'll not play for the Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, according to The Australian, Shane Warne has turned down the lucrative offer from ICL, and also has been approached by the BCCI.

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