Mumbai:On Monday the Indian Cricket League the new league that wants to rival the BCCI displayed the players it got on board.
Even NDTV expert Ajay Jadeja who was playing domestic cricket till last year found it hard to identify most of the Indian players signed on by the ICL or Indian Cricket League.
That's of course with the exception of Dinesh Mongia, Deep Dasgupta and a few others. But the chairman of the ICL Kapil Dev believes this is the best they could get.
"We have got the cream. These boys have shown great courage," said Kapil Dev, Chairman, Executive Board, ICL.
The executive board of the ICL, which also announced a new name in the form of Erapalli Prasanna might look more like a creamy layer but still its credit to the ICL to lure away the likes of Dinesh Mongia who last played for India less than three months ago in Bangladesh.
"The ICL promises to keep the boys busy for 8-10 months of the year, but clearly its the financial terms that have lured away these cricketers," said Dinesh Mongia, 57 ODIs for India and one 20-20.
"The minimum is believed to be Rs 75 lakh for three years. That's certainly more than Rs 15 lakh that a top domestic cricketer can earn every year, provided he's picked in all the competitions," he added.
"We are giving details of people who have signed, transparency in all aspects. You want commercial terms and people's salaries out in the open. That's not right," said Himanshu Mody, Project Head, ICL.
Journalists though were not entirely convinced that even with lots of money, glitz and glamour people will watch Dinesh Mongia in a domestic league rather than Sachin Tendulkar on the international stage.
However Kapil Dev added that that it's peoples' choice, whether they want to watch an Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan movie.