The Indian Cricket League (ICL), is a private cricket league that runs parallel to the Indian Premier League (IPL) managed by BCCI. The biggest tournaments with international players follow the Twenty20 format, while there is a domestic tournament following the 50-over method. Matches were initially held at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Panchkula, near Chandigarh, Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad, and at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon, near New Delhi. However, since 2008 games are played across more venues within India.
The first edition had 6 teams, which expanded to 8 in early 2008 and added one more in the second half of the same year. Players participating in this league have been banned by several cricket boards of their respective countries as this is am unsanctioned private league.
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