Lara, Inzamam missing from India's rebel list

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 18:37 [IST]
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Former Test captains Brian Lara and Inzamam-ul-Haq were conspicuous omissions as India's rebel Twenty20 league unveiled its six teams for the inaugural event.

Lara and Inzamam were touted as the star attractions of the multi-million-dollar Indian Cricket League (ICL), which is bankrolled by the country's largest media group, Zee Telefilms.

But neither figured in the six teams that will face-off in the Twenty20 league to be played in Panchkula, an industrial town on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, from November 30.

ICL officials were not available to comment on why Lara and Inzamam did not feature in the list that has 24 international players divided equally in the six teams.

A spokesperson for the ICL's public relations company told AFP: "A player like Brain Lara can only be the captain of a team, but as of now there is no information on this."

South Africa heads the list with six players, followed by Pakistan (five), England (four), New Zealand (four), Sri Lanka and Ireland (two each) and Australia (one).

Nicky Boje, Lance Klusener, Dale Birkenstein, Johan van der Wath, Nantie Hayward and Andrew Hall are the six South Africans in the fray.

The Pakistanis are Shabbir Ahmed, Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Taufeeq Umar and Imran Farhat.

Wicket-keepers Chris Read and Paul Nixon join fellow Englishmen Darren Maddy and Vikram Solanki, while Chris Harris, Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall and Daryl Tuffey fly in from New Zealand.

The two Sri Lankans in the list are Russel Arnold and Upul Chandana. Niall O'Brien and Boyd Rankin provide the Irish representation.

Ian Harvey is the lone Australian in the fray.

The six teams have been named Chennai Superstars, Hyderabad Heroes, Kolkata Tigers, Delhi Jets, Chandigarh Lions and Mumbai Champs.

The other team members are local players drawn from across the country.

The Indian cricket board, which plans to hold its own official Twenty20 league in April, has not recognised the rebel league.

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