''We welcome Edelweiss on board and are happy with the overwhelming response we have received from the market,'' ICL Executive Board Chairman Kapil Dev said.
''Edelweiss's association with the ICL is a support to young domestic Indian players who have been provided with an international standard platform, to display their cricketing talent. This support will be a sure step in strengthening domestic cricket in the country.''
On the partnership tie-up with ICL, Rashesh Shah, Chairman, Edelweiss Group, said, "We are delighted to partner with ICL in promoting a sport that is a national obsession in India. The passion with which the sport is played and the new age Twenty20 format that has caught the imagination of Indians, especially the youth, is very compelling. And we are happy to be part of a movement which brings cricketing greats together with aspiring young cricketing talent across India."
The tournament to be played from March 9 to April 7, will be held in Hyderabad, Chandigarh (Panchkula) and Gurgaon.
Two new teams - Ahmedabad Rockets and Lahore Badshahs have been added to the existing six teams to make the tournament more comprehensive and competitive.