The whole global cricket scene has been massively shaken up by the creation of two new Indian Twenty20 leagues showcasing a mix of local talent and overseas cricketing stars. The controversial Indian Cricket League (ICL), started in 2007, was the first venture of its kind, but soon became bogged down in litigation and was quickly overtaken by the razzmatazz of the rival India Cricket Board’s Indian Premier League (w iplt20.com), held for the first time in 2008. It features a mix of young up-and-coming locals, established Indian test-match players and international cricketing megastars such as Muttiah Muralitharan, Morné Morkel and Chris Gayle. Each of the league’s eight regional team “franchises” supplements their home-grown playing staff by signing up star “icon players”, whose services are auctioned off via a series of sealed bids – the most expensive player, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, went for a cool US$1.5 million.

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