Chandra remains positive, ICL not finished
Despite the world wide success of the Indian Premier League the Zee Entertainment Enterprises has no plans to scrap the troubled rebel Indian Cricket League any time soon.
It's been a year since Inzamam ul Haq lead the Lahore Badshahs to the ICL Twenty20 Championship after beating the Hyderabad Heroes 2-1 in a three game series.
Since that championship game the ICL have lost over 100 'recognisable' players who left the league after being offered a way back into the cricketing world by the BCCI at the start of the year.
With a shortage of players and no schedule announced for the third ICL Twenty20 Championship it was expected that Zee would quietly scrap the troubled league but Subhash Chandra Chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises the leagues owners remain defiant.
Chandra has claimed in the past that the BCCI are trying to monopolise the game and have made every attempt to get the rebel league shut down. With the success of the IPL over the last two years the ICL faces an uphill challenge to start a third season.
Chandra stated that the "ICL is not out yet. I believe that one doesn't fail until one stops trying". Although Chandra remains hopeful the longer the league stays in hiatus the harder it will become to start again.
The IPL starts its third season back in India at the start of March 2010 and its expets IPL fever to reach melting point after th eleague returns from its African safari.
The ICL would be follish to compete head on with the IPL which starts in early March 2010. and by the time the third Twenty20 World Cup finishes in mid May it will have been 18 months since the ICL was in action.
Chandra may still remain posistive but to the outside world the ICL is a thing of the past.