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Friday, March 14, 2008

new yahoo group:iplinfo

I have created a yahoo group to make you,connected with all latest news of IPL.

The group is open for full momentum from week's time.

I welcome you to have fun here!

the files,photos,polls and many more interesting discussions are waiting for you!

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Hello buddies & IPL fans,

From April 18, the hunt for man of the series, best bowler of the series, man of sixes, best fielder awards starts.

I am delighted to have this in my blog!

On June 2(valedictory function) they will be honored with special awards by famous chief guest. The details who are kept secret.

The stage is set....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

IPL launches Rs 100-crore ad campaign

Each IPL squad must have minimum of four under-22 players

Each Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise squad must have a minimum of 16 players per squad, according the rules of the Twenty20 tournament starting April 18.
A squad can have a maximum of eight foreign players, but it can pick a maximum of four in the playing XI, as per the rules announced by the IPL council a day ahead of the players' auction here.
Each of the eight squads will consist of a minimum of four under-22 players. These players must be under the age of 22 years April 1 of the relevant season.
The auction rules stipulate that each squad should have a minimum of four catchments area players -- the under-22 players and the Indian national team players if so qualified can be counted for purpose of this rule.

The catchments areas are defined by reference to a player's registration with his local cricket association. They are:
* Mumbai (catchments areas Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha)
* Bangalore (Karnataka, Goa and Services)
* Chennai (Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Railways)
* Kolkata (Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and associate member Sikkim)
* Hyderabad (Hyderabad, Andhra and Orissa)
* Delhi (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh)
* Mohali (Haryana, Punjab, Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir)
* Jaipur (Rajasthan, Gujarat, Baroda and Saurashtra)

The minimum salary for under-22 players is $20,000 per year. For other Ranji Trophy and non-auction players, it is $50,000 per year.
Each franchise must spend a total of at least $3.3m on players' fees for the 2008 season.

IPL Ground Rules

1. Team composition

• Total squad strength of 16 players plus one physio and a coach
• No more than 8 foreign players in the squad and at most 4 in the playing XI
• A minimum of 4 local players must be included in each team
• Not less than 4 players from the BCCI under-22 pool in each team

2. Player Auction

o Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag have been accorded the status of icons and are not open for bidding. Hence, they can witness the auction while the other players cannot.

o Bidding shall be among the rest of the 77 contracted players, who have been divided into eight categories. Categories A-D have a general distribution of top rung players. While E comprises wicketkeepers, F has all-rounders, G has specialist batsmen and H has specialist bowlers.

o Each of them have been assigned a base annual salary, which is the price on which open bidding is held to decide the final price. Teams are allowed a maximum spending limit of US$ 5 million for purchase of players.

o Under-22 players shall have a minimum annual salary of US$20,000 while for others it is US$50,000. Icons are paid 15% more than the highest paid player in the auction.

o Further, Cricket Australia has demanded that no team should buy more than 2 Cricket Australia centrally contracted players or more than 2 players from the same state association of Cricket Australia.

o All further trading of players in the next three years shall be carried out only in the months of February

o No foreign players may be bought prior to the auction

Players contracted in the second round of auctions:

Bangalore Royal Challengers:
Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) for USD 124,000,
Virat Kohli (Indian U-19) for USD 30,000
Abdur Razzak (Bangladesh) for USD 50,000
Ross Taylor (New Zealand) for USD 100,000
Shreevats Goswami (U-19) for USD 30,000

Jaipur Franchisee:
Dmitri Mascarenhas (England) for USD 100,000
Mornie Morkel (South Africa) for USD 60,000
Shane Watson (Australia) for USD 125,000
Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan) for USD 100,000
Taruwar Kohli (U-19) for USD 30,000
Ravindra Jadeja (U-19) for USD 30,000

Kolkata Knight Riders:
Salman Butt (Pakistan) for USD 100,000
Mohammed Hafiz (Pakistan) for USD 100,000

Mohali Franchisee:
James Homes (Australia) for USD 300,000
Luke Pomersbach (Australia) for USD 50,000
Kyle Mills (New Zealand) for USD 150,000
Tanmay Srivastava (U-19) for USD 30,000
Ajitesh Argal (U-19) for USD 30,000

Delhi Daredevils:
Pradeep Sangwan (U-19) for USD 30,000
Brett Geeves (Australia) USD 50,000

Mumbai Indians:
Ashwell Prince (South Africa) for USD 175,000
Saurabh Tiwary (U-19) for USD 30,000
Manish Pandey (U-19) for USd 30,000

Chennai Superkings:
Napoleon Einstein (U-19) for USD 30,000
Abhinav Mukund (U-19) for USD 30,000
Viraj Kadbe (U-19) for USD 30,000

IPL money to be used to improve infrastructure: Pataudi

Chandigarh: The money generated through the Indian premier League will be used to improve cricketing infrastructure, former Indian captain MAK Pataudi said today. He said money will be used to improve infrastructure so that not only cricketers, but spectators too are able to take benefit of the improved facilities.
"Both the players and spectators should get best facilities," Pataudi told reporters here.
Pataudi, who is a member of the Indian Premier League committee, will be inaugurating a two-day IPL seminar for the curators and turf managers at PCA stadium in Mohali tomorrow.
When told that rebel ICL's second edition of Twenty20 had failed to attract crowds, Pataudi said this would not be the case with IPL.
"Our event is on a much bigger scale and enjoys the backing of BCCI and ICC," he said.
Meanwhile, world famous curator from Adelaide Oval, Les Burdett, will be sharing his experience with the Indian curators particularly of eight city centres chosen by the franchisees for ICL inter-city tournament.
The seminar will be conducted by Chairman of BCCI's Ground and Pitches Committee, Daljit Singh and Burdett will support him with his rich experience of laying different kinds of wickets.
During the seminar the emphasis will be on to provide "sporting and lively pitches" to the IPL teams, BCCI Joint Secretary, M P Pandove, who is also PCA's secretary, said.

Shah Rukh Khan's IPL team named Kolkata Knight Riders


Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has christened his Kolkata team as Kolkata Knight Riders for the twenty-20 cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL). The team is co-owned by Juhi Chawla and led by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

The team's song 'Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo,' which means "We will do it, fight it and win it," has been chosen in order to appeal to the youth of the country.

SRK also unveiled the team's logo and the mascot - a spiky haired royal Bengal tiger 'Hong Lee.'

The team's jersey is black and gold. "We are here to win the battle of life. You never win the Silver. You only lose the Gold. I have followed this maxim in my life and I have been fortunate in that it has served me well. I would like tthis maxim to be passed on to the team," says Khan.

The colour combination of the team’s jersey has been designed by Manish Malhotra. Black is the colour of goddess Kali and the team is aiming for gold, explains the actor. The kit for all the players will be sponsored by Reebok.

Ganguly's team includes Shoaib Akhtar, Ricky Ponting, Chris Gayle, David Hussey, Brendon Mccullum, Umar Gul, Tatenda Taibu, Ajit Agarkar, Ishant Sharma, Murali Kartik, Akash Chopra, Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, R Saha, Sourashish Lahiri and Rohan Bannerjee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

New Download Corner @Right top corner

hello bloggers & Cricket Fans,

i have provided a facility to download the MATCH SCHEDULE,PLAYER DETAILS(with their ratings & photograph) .

i am looking for your comments and suggestions.

NOTE:all files are in PDF format.

Download it! have your own copy!! enjoy the cricket!!!

Mumbai Indians:sachin at press

Mumbai: Sobriety was the soul of Sachin Tendulkar’s answers after he named the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) franchise team as ‘Mumbai Indians’, posed for pictures in front of the crest resembling a Sudarshan chakra in motion with an outline of India and was named the captain of the team.

Tendulkar said Mumbai Indians was a well-balanced team, like most other teams in the DLF IPL Twenty20 competition to be played from April 18 to June 1.

The Mumbai Indians will sport ocean blue, to which neither the BCCI nor IPL has objected, as its official team colour.

“I will get an opportunity to lead, plan strategy and provide excitement to the fans. The IPL is going to be a super hit. It will be an evening out for the family. And, it’s a privilege for me to lead the Mumbai Indians,” he said.

Tendulkar said the Mumbai Indians would have a good combination of seniors and youngsters and would be looking forward to whip up support from the followers of the game in Mumbai.

“I want Mumbaikars to support Mumbai Indians. We will play in the right spirit.

“Thirty years ago, one-day cricket provided all the excitement, 30 years later I will be happy to say I was part of the inaugural IPL and how all the players enjoyed playing it.

“I wish all the franchise teams and players my good wishes and hopefully there will be plenty of entertainment. It provides plenty of spills and thrills in three hours. It’s a game for the 5-year-old and the 80-year-old, and students don’t have to bunk school or college,” he said.

Finally asked about his availability for the home series against South Africa, he said: “As far as I am concerned, I am fit.”

Stadia for IPL

Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Eden is perhaps one of the biggest landmarks of Indian cricket. Close to 100,000 people, roaring their approval can be a daunting challenge for many visiting sides.

The Chinnaswamy Stadium, in the heart of Bangalore, is another of the old guard of Indian cricket. It has however also changed with the times.

Just across the border from Chandigarh, the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali is perhaps one of the best-equipped stadia in India, and also one of the youngest, beginning serious cricket in 1992.

The Sawai Man Singh Stadium is not an exclusively cricket stadium, though it has gained fame because of the sport. The stadium is designed like the forts that surround the historic city of Jaipur.

Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
The MA Chidambaram Stadium shares a unique distinction with Eden. They hosted Test matches in the same series in 1934. The stadium has been associated with cricket since 1916.

ICL, IPL can co-exist: Lalit Modi (conversation bt latli modi and CNn-IBN reporter)

New Delhi: The BCCI vice president, whose brainchild IPL has created a stir in the cricketing world chatted exclusively with the cricketnext readers on Friday. Here is excerpt of the chat:

Arun: Hi sir, my question is will IPL work in the long run. With the iconic players and some of the international players are in their finishing stages. Plus who is your favourite to win the inagural tournament.
Lalit Modi: Hi everyone, franchisees will be able to change players as they go along. So the iconic players are there only for the first two years.
Praven: Hi Lalit, congrats on the IPL. But when we talk about free market, why can't ICL co-exist with IPL?
Lalit Modi:: They are co-existing. They are playing their games, we are running our show.
Sriram: Sir, India does not have enough representation on the ICC officials’ panel and not a single umpire from India, what are we doing about this?
Lalit Modi:: We now have Suresh Shastri on the panel and we hope that with the impetus that we are giving, with IPL also, in which we have 16 Indians, they will learn a lot and that will help us grow the number of people on the international panel.
Ronak Vora: Dear sir, are the stadiums of India ready to host the 2011 World Cup?
Lalit Modi:: We are working on them. The Wankhede stadium is being totally demolished and re-built. Other stadiums have already worked out their plans and will be ready well in time.
Ronak vora: Dear sir, I want to ask that will there be only T20 matches in IPL also in upcoming years? Or will there be a 50-over game and also 4-5 days test match?
Lalit Modi:: The IPL will only have Twenty20 matches.
George: Like European football clubs, do you think IPL and ICL and many more will come on the up coming days? Will BCCI ready to accept those kind of club based cricket tournaments?
Lalit Modi:: ICL is already existing. Others may do their own things but they are not part of the BCCI.
Sriram Natarajan: With so much revenue flowing in IPL, what are the steps BCCI is taking to improve the domestic circuit, ground facility around India. What are the plans to improve the standard of East and South Zone, which produce less players in the highest level?
Lalit Modi:: All the money that IPL and BCCI is earning is going back into infrastructure. East and South are also getting equal weightage as the rest of the country, which will surely result in improvement all around.
Tulasi Ram Reddy: Sir, I think there may be a crisis in Indian Test cricket, once senior pros like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly and Kumble were retired. How can we tackle this situation? I think Australian Test team is in similar crisis now.
Lalit Modi:: We now have the youngest team in the world. We have great talent that will take India to become the top team in the years to come.

The IPL is not international cricket, it is a domestic tournament

Runs and wickets at the Indian Premier League's Twenty20 competition will not gain official recognition, cricket's world governing body said Tuesday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) regards the multi-million-dollar IPL, promoted by the Indian board and featuring top stars from around the world, as a domestic Indian competition, a spokesman said. "The IPL is not international cricket, it is a domestic tournament," ICC spokesman James Fitzgerald told AFP when asked if players' performances will gain official recognition. "Therefore, the matches do not have Twenty20 international status."
The IPL is a city-based tournament with eight teams bought by franchises who selected their respective line-ups via auction in Mumbai last month. The tournament, which runs from April 18 to June 1, will mark the first time international cricketers will put aside their national allegiances to play for privately-owned teams. Players have received huge pay packets, starting from 100,000 dollars for the first year, to take part in the 44-day, 59-match extravaganza across cricket-mad India. In a sport where only a few top stars net more than a million dollars a year in fees and endorsements for their respective countries, the IPL has showered unprecedented riches. The Chennai franchise bought India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Dhoni for 1.5 million dollars, while Hyderabad snagged Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds for 1.35 million dollars.

Auction II

The second round of IPL auction is set to be held today. With out much fanfare around 25 players will go under the hammer. There are no reserve prices but bidding will start at $50,000 dollars. These current set of players can be contracted for one-year periods unlike the 3-year contract for the previous round of players.
Here is a list of players who will auctioned off today
Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq, Salman Butt, Mohammad Yousuf, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Haneef and Sohail Tanvir.
New Zealand: Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, James Franklin, Chris Martin, Ross Taylor, Peter Fulton and Jamie How.
Australians: Brad Hodge, Shane Watson, James Hopes, Phil Jacques, Brett Geeves, Luke Pomerbach
South African: Morne Morkel, Ashwell Prince
Sri Lanka: Prasanna Jayawardena
Bangladesh: Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak.

IPL Chennai: Joginder Sharma Risks Career For IPL?

Is Joginder Sharma one of the stars of India’s Twenty20 world championship triumph has been diagnosed with a heel injury that might need surgery. The surgery could mean a 6 month lay-off for the player which could mean he will miss the IPL season. Joginder has refused surgery and sought second opinion.
Joginder Sharma has been snapped up by IPL Chennai for US$225,000 and risks not getting paid if he does not play in the tournament. Clearly a risk he is not willing to take. Instead the youngster might choose the option that could put his career at risk by playing in the IPL and doing some long-term damage to his already damaged heel.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

IPL Mumbai: 3 years before we can earn profits

Reliance Industries which owns the IPL Mumbai through its subsidiary Reliance Retails hopes to start earnings returns from its investment in IPL Mumbai in about 3 years time. That is the gestation period. Money will come mainly from team sponsors and ticket sales said a spokesman for the team.

Initially the costs will be higher but once the things are in place we can start earning profits.

IPL Mumbai will be known as Mumbai Indians.

IPL rival ICL ups prize money

IPL rival ICL today raised the prize money to match the IPL’s and signed up a number of international stars. Shane Bond is one of the star attractions. Besides every stage of the league, man of the match and others will get increased prizes. Subhash Chandra is leaving no stone unturned to keep the interest going in his rival venture the ICL said Kiran More the executive board member

IPL Delhi: To Launch Campaign on Monday

The Delhi Daredevils will launch their advertising and branding campaign this coming Monday. Leo Burnett the advertising firm will be organising the clinics and reaching out to schools as a part of the campaign.

The sponsors and team colors and uniform will all be finalised and launched next week said the franchise owners GMR Holdings.

The company spent nearly 22 crores buying key players for the team including Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary and Dinesh Karthik.

Other prominent members of the IPL delhi team include such worthies as New Zealand Captain Daniel Vettori, Pakistan speedster Mohd Asif and ex-Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath.

Shipperd will be the coach and MRF pace academy incharge T.A. Sekhar will be the cricketing operations chief.

IPL Mumbai Has A Name - Mumbai Indians

Finally, the most expensive team in IPL - the IPL mumbai team has a name - Mumbai Indians. This was announced today at a promo event to announce the name and unveil the logo. The logo incidentally is a Sudarshan chakra and team colors are blue.

Sachin Tendulkar was present at the function and said he would enjoy opening with Sanath Jayasuriya.

What do you think about the name Reliance Industries has come up with for its team?

IPL Chennai: Team Refuses Private Equity Overtures

The IPL Chennai team owners India Cements have refused offers from private equity owners to invest in their venture. The group chairman said that they are hoping to make IPL chennai team profitable on their own and right now are not interested in diluting their stakeholding in the franchise though there have been several overtures.

IPL Kolkata: David Hussey Cleared To Play

David Hussey who has been bought by the IPL Kolkata team for $625,000 dollars has got the all clear to play for the IPL team. He was already contracted with Nottinghamshire - the English county team.

By playing in IPL David will be missing out on 5 matches thatreaNottinghamshire team will be playing during that time. But, both Hussey and the county have reached an amicable settlement that allows Hussey to take part in the IPL without any hassl

DLF-IPL: Hero Honda Extends Partnership

Hero Honda which has been long associated with Indian cricket has extended its co-sponsorship deal with IPL for 5 years. The sponsorship deal was signed yesterday and will be worth $22.5 millions.

Hero Honda has been sponsoring cricketing events for the past two decades and has had a successful association with the game.

IPL Mohali: Mohali to have a Team Song Too

First, Shah Rukh Khan now Preity Zinta. Mohali will have a team song too. Sajid-Wajid have compose a song for the IPL Mohali team.

The song has been recorded by Bhangra King Daler Mehndi recentl

IPL Advertising: Paying To Keep Competitors Out

A one-day cricket match has 6000 seconds available for advertising, a twenty20 match will have only 2000 seconds. So, if too many companies market the same products it going to be difficult for the viewers to appreciate any particular brand or product. So, Sony the owner of all telecast rights for the IPL has signed up deals with companies to provide exclusive advertising. No competitiors ads will be displayed. For this the companies will shell out around 7 crores each.

Vodafone has signed up such a deal with Sony. Vodafone chief says this is not to keep competitors out but rather have enough time to advertise for their own brand.

IPL Kolkata: Sharh Rukh Khan Plans Music Video For Team

As already reported in these pages, Shah Rukh Khan has roped in Ganesh Hegde to do a music video for the IPL Kolkata team. Ganesh will choreograph and direct the video. No guesses for who will be in the video egging his team on. Yes, King Khan will be the star attraction of the video.

Vishal-Shekar have composed the music for the video.