ICL's promoters Magpie Group had claimed that they had signed a three-year deal with ICC © Getty Images (Representational Image)
ICL’s promoters Magpie Group had claimed that they had signed a three-year deal with ICC © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday rejected media reports of having signed a deal with the newly floated Indian Champions League (ICL) T20 tournament comprising of retired former cricketers, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The league’s promoters Magpie Group had claimed that they had signed a three-year deal with ICC but the world cricket’s global body has categorically rejected any such claims. “Reports claiming that the ICL has signed a three-year deal with the ICC are baseless and factually inaccurate. The ICC has neither given permission to the ICL to stage the event in the UAE nor it has the authority to sanction such events,” an ICC spokesman told PTI on Tuesday. “The ICL, as explained previously, needs to contact the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for permission, if it has any plans to stage any tournaments in the UAE,” he added.

The Magpie Sports Group (MSG) announced on Monday that a total of eight teams will take part in the upcoming inaugural edition of the Indian Champions League (ICL). The ICL, to be organised on the lines of the Masters Champions League (MCL), will be a franchisee based Twenty20 tournament slated to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to the Magpie Sports Group – the organisers of the ICL – the teams that will feature in the inaugural edition are Delhi Badshah, Indore Rockets, Mumbai Star, Chennai Warriors, Hyderabad Riders, Bangalore Tigers, Lucknow Super Star and Chandigarh Heroes, reported IANS.

“Each team will include four national level players. We will hold our first trial to select players for the ICL in Moradabad on September 9. Talented players from Moradabad and neighbouring areas can participate in the trials for the Lucknow Super Star team at the TMU ground in the city. The second trials will be held at the CMR ground in Hyderabad on September 12-13,” Magpie Sports Group Director Manish Kumar Choudhary told IANS.