Brian Lara joins Indian Cricket League

Published: Monday, July 23, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:After months of speculation, the Essel Group-promoted Indian Cricket League (ICL) finally succeeded in signing up former West Indian cricketer Brian Lara for the six-team Twenty20 tourney.

The leading Test scorer will lead one of the six teams in the million-dollar prize money event, ICL project head Himanshu Modi announced today.

Lara, who retired from cricket after a disastrous World Cup campaign at home in March-April this year said he couldn't stay sway from cricket for long.

''It gives me great pleasure to join the Indian Cricket League.

You can't keep me too far from cricket and hence I return to the game in this exciting new avatar that the Essel Group has launched.

''I look forward to playing with promising youngsters from India and elsewhere along with some of my illustrious international counterparts who I've shared many an exciting moment with on the field.

''I feel honored to captain one of the ICL's city teams, and hope to use my experience in taking that team to victory in the inaugural ICL Trophy,'' he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Modi also announced roping India's World Cup winning stars, allrounder Madan Lal and pacer Balwinder Singh Sandhu in the fold.

While Madan Lal was appointed as the Delhi team coach, Sandhu was named as Director of Academies responsible for grooming the talent identified through scouting in all the regions.


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