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ICL teams arrive in city
G.S. Paul
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The countdown begins for the inaugural Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty20 tournament scheduled to take off from November 30 at Panchkula, with the arrival of all the former international stars studded six teams, which arrived in the city, here, today.

The teams reached here after taking part in several practice matches at different venues.

The tournament spreading over two weeks, will have Delhi Jets taking on Chandigarh Lions in the inaugural match at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula on November 30.

It was an easy access to almost all the players, much to the delight of the mediapersons and the fans, who were present at the Sector 10 Mountview hotel lobby to have a glimpse of their favourites. But all eyes were set on the legendary West Indies skipper Brian Lara, who did not appear. Later, it was discovered that he was put up at Hotel Taj in Sector 17.

Besides, Lara led Mumbai Champs, the other teams to be vying for a place would be Chandigarh Lions, Kolkata Tigers, Chennai Superstars, Delhi Jets and Hyderabad Heroes. Apart from Lara, the other top players to watch out for will be the former Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu, captaining the Delhi Jets team, former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq; ex-all rounder, New Zealander Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Nathan Astle, Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Lance Klusener, Imran Farhat, Nicky Boje, Daryl Tuffey and Andrew Hall.

A host of domestic cricket stars, the part of each team, were also there but comparative to foreign players, they were less in demand.

All the players were in high spirits and termed this league as an appropriate platform for the budding players. They opined that more such ventures should be opened up and no strictures should be put on them by other Cricketing Boards. “It is a good innovation and with the amalgamation of experienced and young players, it would be a hit“, said Nathan Astle.

Marvin Atapattu, taking a dig at the BCCI’s advent of Indian Premier League (IPL), said, “The more, the merrier. But there should be no restrictions from the either side. At the end of the day it is in the interest of the game”.

The other hot topic was about the appointment of South Africa’s ex-opener Gary Kirsten for the Team India. Inzamam-ul Haq opined that the coach should be an experienced one. “No matters whether you import one or engage the services of the local one, but he should be an experienced one.”

Keeping fingers crossed, former cricketer Madan Lal, coach, Delhi Jets, is fully confident of the bunch of players he has in his team. Former India pace bowler Balwinder Sandhu, coach, Chandigarh Lions, showed little resentment when asked about the coach’s appointment for Team India.

Meanwhile, final touches are being given to around 7,000 capacity stadium in Haryana's Panchkula, where flood lights are being installed for the mega event. These will be operational from tomorrow, the officials confirmed.



Hike in daily, monthly wages
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 27
The Chandigarh administration has increased the basic daily and monthly wages for daily and monthly employees. The monthly minimum wages for unskilled labour have been enhanced from Rs 3,426.50 to Rs 3,481.50.

This is in line with the consumer price index for the half year ending September 30. The increase has come into effect from October 1.

For semi-skilled (category II) labour, there has been an increase from Rs 3,576.50 to Rs 3,631.50 while for the semi-skilled (category I), the minimum monthly wages have been hiked from Rs 3,676.50 to Rs 3,731.50.

The skilled (category II) will see a hike from Rs 3,876.50 to Rs 3,931.50. The wages under the skilled (category I) have been hiked from Rs 3,101.50 to Rs 4,156.50 and for the highly skilled workers from Rs 4,501.50 to Rs 4,556.50.

Similarly, for Class III (staff), the minimum monthly wages have been increased from Rs 3,701.50 to Rs 3,756.50; for Class-II (staff) from Rs 3,851.50 to Rs 3,906.50; and for Class I (staff) from Rs 4,212.50 to Rs 4,267.50.

The daily minimum wages for employees have also been revised. Wages for unskilled workers have been increased from Rs 131.37 to Rs 133.46.



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