ICL is not to compete with IPL: Kapil

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Dubai, Mar 9 (UNI) Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Devi, who is the Chairman of the Indian Cricket League (ICL), said the ICL tournament is not being held to compete against anyone, in an apparent reference to BCCI's Indian Premier League (IPL).

''The ICL is being staged to create opportunities for hundreds of cricketers who want to play this game and make it a career.

It is not being held to compete against anyone,'' said Kapil, who strongly believes that the younger generation of cricketers will gain valuable insight from this tournament that will help them in their game.

The ICL, to be known as Edelweiss 20's challenge, will begin at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula today.

Ahmedabad Rockets, led by Australian Damien Martyn, will take on Chandigarh Lions, captained by New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns.

Kapil Deve was here to be the guest of honour for a cricket tournament for construction workers on March 7.

Dev also believes that ''the competition between the two events will be good for the game.'' The matches will be played in Hyderabad, Panchkula and Gurgaon and will be telecast live on Zee Sports, who had launched the event, and also on Ten Sports. Starting at 1900 hrs in India.

The ICL is offering Rs 123 million (3.8 million dollars) in prize money. The winning team will take away Rs 25 million (650,000 dollars) while second and third ranked teams will pocket Rs 12.5 million (300,000 dollars) and Rs 5 million (130,000 dolars) respectively.

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