Inzamam proposes IPL vs ICL match

The former Pakistan captain and now an ICL player proposes a best-of-three final series between winners of ICL and IPL.

updated: April 17, 2008 07:15 IST
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New Delhi:

Adam Gilchrist said he felt like a cow when he was auctioned in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq says he would not have felt any better had he too been put under the hammer.

"I think it does not sound nice to your ears when you hear a cricketer being auctioned or sold. They could have easily avoided it and done it in a better way," Inzamam said.

"People bidding for players in such a manner, this is obviously not something I would be keen to see happening with myself," he told reporters here on Monday.

Asked if it was a case of sour grapes after he aligned with the rebel Indian Cricket League, Inzamam, who leads the Lahore Badshah team in ICL's Edelweiss 20 Challenge, said, "Not at all. I'm happy with ICL and I thank god that I'm not up for grabs."

Inzamam proposed an encounter between the winner of the ICL and IPL.

"I think it would be a good idea to have a best-of-three finals between winners of both the leagues. I don't see ICL and IPL as enemies of each other. After all, both are meant to promote cricket.

"Such a match between the league winners would encourage the players and provide excitement to the crowd. I don't think ICC should object to such initiatives," he said.

Incidentally, Gilchrist was not the only one to feel bad about the IPL bidding. Former India captain Rahul Dravid too did not like it and said he hoped it would not happen again.

Former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu felt the IPL auction could have been done in a dignified way even though he pointed out that this was not the first time that players were up for grabs.

"I think the bidding was an indication of your worth, almost like rankings. Well, maybe they should not have done it in the open, maybe some felt it humiliating. But we have already seen it in some other form in football, isn't it?" he said.

Asked if he felt missing out on it when players were auctioned for mind-boggling amounts, Atapattu, who leads Delhi Giants in the ICL event, said, "I'm where I myself opted for and I'm happy being here. This was the option I got when I was through with international cricket and I'm enjoying my assignment."

Former Australian player Stuart Law found the IPL auction "innovative" but insisted he did not regret aligning with the rebel league.

"It was amazing and quite an innovative idea. Well, players being auctioned, you can see it from both ways. I think players like Ricky Ponting, who went for quite cheap, would have felt bad that it happened on the open. But frankly speaking, it would not have affected me.

"Thankfully, all this doesn't affect me. Life has been good to me and I'm happy with my life. I'm happy doing what I'm doing in ICL and I don't regret anything," he said.