Indian Cricket League. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about the now-defunct T20 competition?
It was the year 2007. The Indian Cricket Team had just been knocked out of the 50-over World Cup when Zee owner Subhash Chandra and Kapil Dev kickstarted a T20 league named the ICL. The league reached out to international stars, luring them with hefty contracts.
In-fact the first edition of the tournament was played after India’s inaugural T20 World Cup win. The BCCI, who had already launched the IPL, were desperate to cash-in and so it forced all the member nations to ban players who had participated in the rebel ICL. The ban was eventually lifted but it left a telling impact on the careers of a lot of players.
Here’s a look at five cricketers whose careers’ got affected due to the ICL-
The former Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was a crucial part of ODI in the late 90s and throughout the first decade of the 21st century.
Razzaq had a tumultuous 2007 where a knee injury forced out of the 50-over World Cup in the Caribbean. Matters escalated when he was overlooked for the inaugural T20 World Cup.
Razzaq announced his retirement, only to retract back a few months later. He, however, joined the rebel ICL where he featured for Hyderabad Heroes.
Razzaq was immediately banned from international cricket and even though he made his comeback in 2009 where he played a crucial role in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup win, he could never cement a permanent place in the set-up and was soon discarded a few months later.