Chandigarh, Jul 20 (UNI) Rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) chairman Kapil Dev Nikhanj today announced that the next edition of the ICL would be played in October at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula and the dates will be disclosed shortly.
Kapil promised more surprises in the tournament but gave no details.
Asked whether the ICL would also conduct matches in Chandigarh, cricket icon Kapil said ICL was ready to conduct the matches if the Administration accorded permission as the better sports facilities are available here in comparison to other states.
''If I were not born in Chandigarh and utilised the facilities here -- Sector 16 Cricket Stadium, I would not have played cricket to the highest level,'' said Kapil, during the Press Meet organised by Chandigarh Press Club here today.
Kapil claimed that the Punjab Cricket Association would not allot any international match to Chandigarh. However, the ICL had offered to host international matches in the city, but the Administration looked towards the Board of Control for Cricket in India, he said.
The ICL had requested the Chandigarh Administration for allowing it to host matches at the Sector 16 Stadium which had been turned down.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh Sports Director Inderjit Singh Sandhu confirmed that a request from the ICL was received. ''The ICL wanted the stadium on league for a long duration but the Administration had taken a decision not to give the stadium on lease for a long period''.
However, anybody, including ICL, could take the stadium for conducting the matches but the stadium cannot be gives on lease, Sandhu said.
''Anyone can take the stadium on the prescribed terms and conditions,'' he added.
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