Twenty20 format of cricket has made a boom in India. After the success in inaugural Twenty20 World Cup Cricket Tournament in South Africa, T20 format is promoted in India by ICL and IPL even more. These two leagues have some similarities and differences and the hottest topic of discussion for everyone is IPL Vs ICL.
Indian cricket league (ICL) has been launched by Kapil Dev to promote this newest and fastest version of cricket. ICL did not get approval from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and it was condemned as a ‘revolutionary’ affair.
The other cricket boards were not in a position to annoy BCCI and it seemed like the players participating in the league would have to compromise on their international careers. Then the promoters of the ICL tried to convince the ICC to recognize their tournament but the governing body found itself in a difficult situation.
But only a few months later BCCI came out with its own tournament namely the Indian Premier League (IPL) on the similar lines as the ICL. It has been started with big players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Murlitharan, Hayden, Symonds, Ponting and a lot of top international players.
The next important feature is that IPL had a limited number of teams to start with their auction. This really brought in money for the league and for the players through the big names like Mukesh Ambani, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Vijay Mallya, etc.
The ICL has proved to be a big success despite the lack of support of the BCCI, but IPL has come up as a bigger blockbuster. This season of cricket turned out fantastic for the cricketers and for their supporters. IPL and ICL have been doing a fantastic job for the promotion of the game.
IPL Vs ICL had made the lovers of the game more passionate about the Twenty20 format. It does not matter if it’s the IPL or the ICL.