Delhi High Court Refuses To Stay Legends League Cricket


Delhi High Court Refuses To Stay Legends League Cricket

The Legends League Cricket tournament will feature retired cricket legends.© AFP

The Delhi High Court has refused to stay 'Legends League Cricket' on a lawsuit by a person who claimed to have conceptualised having a tournament with retired legendary players, saying said that no one can claim copyright over the game of cricket which has several permutations and combinations of “innings” and “overs”. Justice Asha Menon said that plaintiff Samir Kasal -- who contended that the defendants i.E. Organisers of 'Legends League Cricket' misappropriated his idea--  failed to make out a prima facie case for grant of any interim relief and that none of the features of his concept reflected original thought.

The plaintiff's ideas have been in the public domain for long and “none can claim an exclusive right to any of these ideas”, the judge added.

The first edition of 'Legends League Cricket' began on January 20 in Oman.

Justice Menon further said that the format of 'Legends League Cricket' was “significantly different” from that of the plaintiff and the defendant organisers were not copying any idea or concept of the plaintiff.

The cricketers cannot be injuncted from playing for the defendants or any other organizer, as the plaintiff can claim no such exclusive right, she stated.

To protect the interest of the plaintiff, the judge nonetheless directed defendant organisers to “maintain clear accounts of their earnings and expenditure in respect of the match/matches that are being organized at Oman (UAE) and file the same in court within one month of the conclusion of the league matches”.

The court issued summons to the organisers on the lawsuit by Kansal and said if an order of stay is passed at this stage, loss to the defendants, the players, the sponsors, the media partners and the public at large cannot be compensated.

“To say that because the plaintiff conceptualized a league match with retired cricketers in a 'T-10 Test Format' to be played at venues where there is Indian diaspora, and that being his idea, had become his exclusive right, is to stretch it too far to claim a right to seek an injunction against the 'Legends League Cricket' tournament organized by the defendants,” said the court in its order on January 19.

“In this case, the fundamental similarity will be the 'game of cricket' and no one can claim a copyright to the 'game of cricket'. Several permutations and combinations in the format of playing the 'game of cricket' have been evolved over a period of centuries. Therefore, it is reasonable that there can also be no copyright in the evolution of cricket over a period of time, from a '5-Day Test Match Series', to the latest of 'T-20 Matches/One-Dayers'. Any such permutations and combinations would involve “innings” and “overs”,” it added.

The plaintiff, represented by senior advocate Sandeep Sethi and advocate Srivats Kaushal, argued before the court that he was a well-known person in the sports industry and had worked with the defendant organisers on holding a limited-over cricket tournament with two teams namely, “Asia XI” and “World XI” made up of world cricket legends who have since retired.


The plaintiff submitted that while no tournament, as conceptualised by him, could be held in 2020 and 2021 on account of the pandemic, he subsequently learnt through media reports that the defendants were organizing a tournament similar to his, under the name “Legends League Cricket”.

In its order, the court observed that there was no document to reflect that there was a “firmed-up contract” entailing mutual obligations between the plaintiff and defendants and that claim of “confidentiality” against the defendants, as asserted by the plaintiff, cannot be permitted to continue indefinitely.

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The first season of the tournament will have former cricketers divided into three teams representing India, Asia and the rest of the world. Cricket fans from all across the globe will get to see these Legends of Cricket give their competitive best to win the coveted trophy.

While former India opener Virender Sehwag has been named the captain of India Maharaja, ex-Pakistan cricketer Misbah Ul Haq and former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy will be leading Asia Lions and World Giants respectively.

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Sehwag who led teams like Delhi Daredevils and Kings Xi Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been appointed the captain for his tremendous experience. The side believes Sehwag's skills will boost India Maharajas to give their best in the LLC T20 league.

Former India batsman Mohd. Kaif has been appointed Sehwag's deputy in the tournament. Indian Maharaja has also appointed John Buchanan as a coach. In his tenure as a coach of the Australian Team, John had given successful results in the past. He was the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders on the initial days of IPL.

Former Pakistani batsman and captain Misbah Ul Haq has been appointed the captain of the Asian Lions team in LLC T20. A mixture of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Afghanistan players including Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohd. Hafiz, Umar Gul, Sanath Jayasurya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Habibul Bashar are part of the Asian Lions squad.

The Asian Lions look a very strong side on paper due to the presence of such big names. Asian Lions has appointed Dilshan as the vice-captain. 1996 Cricket World Cup-winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has been appointed the coach of the side.

Former Caribbean skipper Darren Sammy will be leading the World Giants team which has big names like Brett Lee, Daniel Vettori, Kevin Pietersen amongst others.

Sammy was the captain of the St. Lucia Zouks team in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) - the domestic T20 league in the Caribbean.

Sammy will receive ample support from world-class ex-cricketers like former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori, Aussie pace great Brett Lee, explosive English batsman Kevin Pietersen, South African leggie Imran Tahir. Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes will be the player cum Mentor for the World Giants side.

Former India cricketer and coach and LLC T20 League Commissioner Ravi Shastri on the presence of such big names in the tournament said, "I can't wait to work closely with the LLC T20 tournament. It's heartening to see all the superstars come together and fight for the inaugural title of the league. These players are retired but they are still very passionate about cricket. I am sure they will show their extra skills for their teams in the next 10 days."

The Legends League Cricket (LLC) recently announced its's partnership with SONY Pictures Network. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) will live telecast all the matches of the tournament on SONY TEN 1 and SONY TEN 3 channels. The live streaming of the tournament will be available on SPN's premium OTT platform, Sony LIV.

List of captains:

India Maharaja - Captain: Virender Sehwag; Vice-Captain: Mohd Kaif; Coach: Duncan Fletcher.

Asian Lions - Captain: Misbah-ul-Haq; Vice-Captain: Tillakaratne Dilshan; Coach: Arjuna Ranatunga.

World Giants - Captain: Darren Sammy; Mentor-cum-coach: Jhonty Rhodes.

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