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World T20, 2nd Semi-Final

India vs West Indies

at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016
West Indies 196/3 beat India 192/2 by 7 wickets


Sending threatening emails asking us to "handover the domain or else" is blackmailing. We don't care who you say you represent. If this continues, we will publish your letters in the website, and will take legal action against you. This website, it's domain name and the contents are legally ours. Under the law of New York State, where we do business, we are not breaking any trademark/ copyright laws - domestic or international. So stop sending letters with weird law points that don't even make any sense. • FYI, putting the photo of a person - who was in the act of making a speech in a public place, in front of reporters - alongside the news about that function, does not constitute any violation as long as the picture was used for non-commercial editorial purposes. It does not violate his privacy or outrage his modesty as you keep writing in the emails. • Using the phrase Indian Cricket League in the keywords/ metatags/ URLs/ domain names/ links is perfectly fine the way we are doing - in a website, while reporting news - based on past rulings by several US Courts. And, it is called a Trademark, not "Copyright", as you write repeatedly! • As far as your trademark-in-metatags argument goes, New York Federal Court, among others, has ruled that keywords used in website metatags are not considered "use in commerce" and so are not relevant to trademark infringement litigation. We do the same with American, British, Australian and Indian companies/ boards/ associations/ societies and no one has any problems yet - maybe because they know about the internet and the laws regarding it. And we guess that is the same reason why ZEE website is using keywords like "Wimbledon", "NASCAR", "IPL" in meta tags while we are told not to use words like "ZEE", "ICL" etc. • You further state in your emails that an advertisement (which appeared via Google Adsense) in this website was that of British Airways which has "regular service" to New Delhi - and so according to you, this website is a commercial website intended for people living in New Delhi - and so the website's owners come under the jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court. We are speechless, startled by your ingenuity. • You mention in your emails that we are your competition. As far as we know, we are reporting NEWS (the proof is all over the site), and not advertising or selling any ICL or ZEE related products or teams or players as you are trying to fabricate. • Your statement in the email that we are pulling visitors into our website by putting news about ICL and then directing the same visitors to the IPL site using "hypertext link" and thereby deteriorating the brand value of your client is also very creative. Based on what you say, one website should have links to only one entity or they can be sued? If you win such a case, that will be the end of Internet as we know it. • Also, you subtly hinted that the IPL is doing better than ICL because of these "hypertext linking" and that is one of the main reasons we have to pay you for your losses. Good Grief! Anyway, we are glad to hear we (and not Mr. Modi) are the real reason behind IPL's success! The 2 million US Dollars that you are asking for is ready in dirty, unmarked $1 bills. Just let us know in the next email where we should leave it. BTB, transferring the domain to your name will be a bit difficult beacuse of sentimental reasons. The URL (what you see in the address bar) of this website is, and not as you keep on repeating. Can you give us a discount based on the missing N?

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Delhi High Court stops ICL from filing suit in U.K.

The Delhi High Court has reserved its judgement on BCCI's plea to restrain the owners of the rebel ICL, from taking legal action in the United Kingdom against them and ICC. The ICL had sought damages from the BCCI, the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for ostracising the Indian Cricket League.FICA - an international players association - had questioned how the ICL could go ahead with the legal costs of suing the various boards while it owed the former ICL players millions of dollars.

Klusener cuts ties with ICL, returns to CSA fold

Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener has severed ties with the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and has been welcomed back by Cricket South Africa. He is now likely to take up a coaching job with his home province KwaZulu-Natal.Klusner, who last played for South Africa in 2004, signed up with the league in 2007 and enjoyed reasonable success with the Royal Bengal Tigers in the ICL, scoring 688 runs in 24 Twenty20 games at a strike rate of 127.64 and picked up 21 wickets.

BCCI to allow ex-ICL players to take part in IPL

The Working Committee of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has allowed former Indian Cricket League players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Seventy-nine cricketers connected with the ICL have severed their ties with the rebel league and rejoined the BCCI. Among them are Rohan Gavaskar, Deep Dasgupta, Dinesh Mongia, Reetinder Sodhi, Hemang Badani, Sridharan Sriram and T Kumaran, all of whom have played for the country in the recent past.

IPL says no to rebels for League

The Indian Premier League (IPL) confirmed Tuesday that those teams that have ‘rebel’ Indian Cricket League (ICL) players in their squad would not be allowed to compete in the 2009 Champions League Twenty20.
Twelve teams, including the winners and runners-up of England’s national T20 championships, are in the fray in the 2009 Champions League.

Rohan Gavaskar quits ICL, seeks permission to play domestic games

Former India One-day player, and Sunil Gavaskar's son, Rohan Gavaskar, who had joined the Indian Cricket League (ICL), has sought permission from BCCI to play in domestic tournaments.
Rohan Gavaskar, who played 11 ODIs, was playing for the Royal Bengal Tigers team in the ICL.

Razzaq released by ICL, submits NOC to PCB

Abdul Razzaq has become the latest Pakistani player to be released by the Indian Cricket League, clearing the hurdle in his return to the mainstream cricket. Razzaq, 29, before aligning with the ICL played 46 Tests and 231 one-dayers.
The all-rounder has submitted the No Objection Certificate (NOC), he got from the rebel league, with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

BCCI Amnesty: ICL releases 50 players

The ICL released around 50 players who had sought a return to official cricket. The list includes Shane Bond (New Zealand), Imran Nazir and Naved-ul-Hasan (Pakistan), Habibul Bashar (Bangladesh), Deep Dasgupta, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Hemang Badani (India).
The palyers will still have to wait for decisions from their respective boards before resuming domestic cricket. There is a ten-year ban imposed upon the former skipper Bashir, by the BCB.

BCCI offers amnesty, ICL says league on

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has offered a general amnesty to the players associated with breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL). The so called 'rebels' have been given one month to come back to the BCCI fold on the condition that they would forfeit international cricket for one year.
"We have decided to grant amnesty to all players, support staff and anyone else connected with the ICL provided they cancel all their existing contracts with the league by May 31," BCCI president Shashank Manohar said after the Board's working committee meeting. The players, Manohar said, would be allowed to play in the domestic league.
The ICL said the league will go ahead and those who want to can go. "We have already announced our programme for the Season III. It will be held in October," an ICL spokesman said.

ICL threatens to sue ICC

The Indian Cricket League has threatened to take legal action against the International Cricket Council ICC if its application for official recognition is rejected by the governing body. The ICC Executive Board will meet in Dubai on April 17 and 18 during which it will consider the ICL's application for ICC approval to stage unofficial cricket.
"We are hopeful to receive official recognition at the ICC Executive Board meeting scheduled for April 17th and 18th in Dubai, failing which we will pursue legal options," Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group, said.
The ICL is keen on the ICC recognising its players in their official records.
The BCCI's firm opposition to the ICL had also forced several other national cricket boards to take punitive action against their players who featured in the ICL.

ICC seek BCCI and ICL agreement

International Cricket Council president David Morgan and chief executive Haroon Lorgat will on Monday attempt to broker an agreement in the long-running dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
"I've long regarded it as a priority to bring together the BCCI and the owners of the ICL and I'm pleased to say we have fixed a meeting to take place in Johannesburg on Monday," said Morgan.
The ICL, which is bankrolled by India's largest media group, Zee Television, is not recognised by the BCCI or the ICC, unlike the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has paid fantastic sums to lure players to its tournament. "I hope we might be successful in coming to a mutually acceptable conclusion. I can't be certain that will be the case but I hope we can at least make a start in bringing about a settlement," added Morgan.
Earlier this week, a Pakistani court lifted domestic bans on the country's last six active players who had joined the ICL.

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LB v HH, 3rd Final: Lahore Badshahs lift ICL Trophy

Favourites Lahore Badshahs lived up to their reputation and annexed the ICL Twenty20 League title after an easy eight-wicket win over Hyderabad Heroes in the third final on Sunday.
Imran Nazir cracked a huge six to land the winning runs as Lahore won the best-of-three finals 2-1.
Requiring 159 to win, Lahore flew to victory in just 13.5 overs as Nazir blazed his way to an unbeaten 111 off just 44 balls. Nazir heaved 11 sixes and seven fours to pulverise the hapless Hyderabad bowlers. He made a mockery of the contest and provided the spectators with a fabulous exhibition of power hitting.
Earlier, before the deciding final got underway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium on Sunday, Inzamam-ul Haq's Lahore Badshahs were on the ground limbering up. They were also seen using the long handle trying to clear the ropes. The fast bowlers bent their back trying to extract extra pace and the spinners too had a good workout wheeling their arms. There were also some good catches taken, some wonderful saves and some excellent throws.
Whatever they did, there was a sense of purpose in it and why not? They were just a step away from the title when on Saturday Jusine Kemp plucked a blinder from thin air, jumping and diving on the boundary line and changed everything. Lahore Badshahs, after winning the first final against Hyderabad Heroes with ease, lost the second by a whisker and so Sunday was D-day.
The way Azhar Mahmood celebrated after he sent Man-of-the-Match in the second final, Jimmy Maher's, leg-stump cartwheeling, one could get the feeling that the Badshahs bowlers are not going to give anything away. But as usual, Khaleel held one end tight and built up small partnerships with Anirudh Singh, Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny to take the Heroes to 158 for the loss of 7 wickets. The scenario could have been much better for the Hyderabad team had Shahid Nazir not bowled that spell in the middle overs.
Nazir ensured that Badshahs don't have to chase much more than what they did on Saturday night by picking up three crucial wickets giving away just 29 runs. Saqlain Mushtaq took two wickets.
LB v HH, 3rd Final: Lahore Badshahs 160 for 2 (13.5 overs) beat Hyderabad Heroes 158 for 7 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets

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Zee launches ambitious $232mn Indian Cricket League

In a move effectively challenging the Indian cricket board's national tournaments, Zee Group Tuesday announced the launch of an ambitious Indian Cricket League (ICL) with a corpus fund of Rs 1 billion ($232.26 million) and a promise to field many international players. Stung by the announcement and in order to stop speculation, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) quickly issued a statement that its president Sharad Pawar has received a letter, but said no more.
The announcement came as a surprise also because Zee owns the BCCI rights for overseas international cricket. Zee won the five-year rights for $219.15 million. "A professional league is the need of the hour as is the killer instinct in the players. We will try to do it as early as possible -- maybe in July," said Zee group chairman Subhash Chandra at a press conference here.
Chandra sounded extremely confident of getting the BCCI approval for ICL, whose winner would receive $1 million - the highest prize money ever announced for a cricket tournament in the country.
"It is not in conflict with the BCCI, but is complimentary to it. We have sent a proposal to the BCCI and I don't think they will reject it. I even don't want to assume that BCCI will reject it," he said. BCCI, which has already called a working committee meeting in Mumbai Saturday to discuss the World Cup debacle, will perhaps have to add another item to its agenda. The board statement said: "BCCI president Sharad Pawar has received a letter from Mr. Subhash Chandra, Zee Television, seeking permission to start the Indian Cricket League. An appropriate decision in this matter will be taken by the board."
The ambitious league, if allowed by the BCCI, threatens to do what late Australian millionaire Kerry Packer did almost three decades ago when he hired the world's top players for his own World Series Cricket following his fight for television rights with the Australian board. Chandra said that the current Indian team players along with those from other countries would be seen in action in the league. He said the ICL would be an annual feature. All the matches will be telecast on Zee Sports. Zee also plans to set-up residential academies equipped with state-of-the-art facilities across the country.
Sports medicine would be introduced to ensure top fitness of players and a full-fledged record of their behavioural pattern, diet-plan and game statistics would be maintained. The group will also appoint talent scouts in all 35 states to hunt for young players to play in the league. "We have expertise in talent-search in the entertainment field, we will use that same expertise to unearth cricketing talent in India," Chandra said. He said each team would have a coach, physiotherapist, and psychologist. The league will have a professional media manager, and an ombudsman to resolve issues that may be raised by the public, or even by the players. "A professional league is the need of the hour as is the killer instinct in the players. Budding talent must be groomed at the grass-roots level and given the experience to play on competitive pitches and not on placid tracks." Chandra, however, declined to disclose the names of the players likely to take part. "There are a few big names which we don't want to disclose now." He added that other companies are invited to launch their own clubs or teams and can take part in the league. "We would love participation from other companies as well. They are invited to launch their own teams and take part in the league very similar to what we have in the National Football League," he said.

The Indian Cricket League Format

The Indian Cricket League will consist of six teams or clubs in the first year and will be increased to 16 over the next three years. To start with, all the matches will be Twenty20 affairs and will be played on home-and-away basis. Gradually, the format of the matches will be changed to 50-over a side. The champion team will get the winner's purse of $1 million. Each team in the league will have two Indian international players registered with the BCCI, four foreign players and the rest young and budding players. The players, who will take part in the ICL, will be contracted with the company and will get a fixed amount every month. The finer points of ICL:
  • 6 teams or clubs to play in opening year
  • Talks on with BCCI for gaining access to stadiums
  • Executive Board of the league under installation
  • Pool of referees and umpires to be created
  • Rules committee to form regulations for ICL
  • Ombudsman to look into grievances of players
  • League to begin with Twenty20 format and move to ODI format
  • League to be a joint venture between Essel Group and ILFS Group
  • Each of the 6 teams to be coached by an ex-India player
  • Each team would comprise four foreign, two Indian and eight budding players
  • Each team to have a mentor, media manager, psychologist, physio
  • Prize money for the winner- USD 1 million
  • League teams to compete with teams internationally
  • Number of teams to be increased from 6 to 16 in three years

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