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Chairman of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Kapil Dev said the ICL tournament is not being held to compete against anyone, in a clear reference to BCCI's Indian Premier League (IPL).

The former Indian cricket captain said: ''The ICL is being staged to create opportunities for hundreds of cricketers who want to play this game and make it a career.”

“It is not being held to compete against anyone,'' said Kapil, who ardently believes that the younger cricketers will gain immensely from this tournament and playing with international stars will help them improve their game.

The ICL, to be christened Edelweiss 20's challenge, began at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula on Sunday.

The World Cup winning captain also opines that ''the competition between the two events will be good for the game.'' The matches will be played in Hyderabad, Panchkula and Gurgaon.

The ICL is offering 3.8 million dollars in prize money. The winning team will take home 650,000 dollars while the second and third best teams will pocket 300,000 dollars and 130,000 dollars respectively.
 
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