Will be great if I can open in Test matches for India: Washington Sundar
New Delhi, Oct 22 (Cricket news) He started as a top-order batter in junior cricket before becoming a specialist spinner in the shortest version but Washington Sundar would love to "open" in Test matches for India if he gets a chance in the near future.
The 22-year-old Washington has played four Tests, one ODI and 31 T20 Internationals in which he has taken 32 wickets in all and scored 312 runs, including three fifties.
A hand injury during a practice game in the UK in July has robbed Washington an opportunity to play in the IPL as well as the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE.
He was supposed to come back purely as a batter in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but it is learnt that he has not got the requisite clearance to start playing and as the per BCCI policy, might not be selected for the New Zealand series without any domestic games under his belt.
"It will be a blessing for me to open for the Indian test team," Washington answered a PTI query on the sidelines of a store launch by footwear giants Puma.
Washington's fitness is a big concern right now after being withdrawn from the Tamil Nadu squad as he is still not match-fit to even bat. But the player did not want to dwell on it.
For now, he is looking forward to the T20 World Cup where India will open against Pakistan on Sunday.
"I am eagerly looking forward to watching Virat Bhai, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja," he said.
Asked about his choice of four semi-finalists, Washington said: "Obviously India along with West Indies, England and Australia mostly." Washington spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of PUMA's largest store in North India at CyberHub.
The store was inaugurated in the presence of six-time boxing world champion boxer MC Mary Kom, Tokyo bronze-medallist hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh, Washington and singer Harrdy Sandhu. Also present was the company's India and South-east Asia MD Abhishek Ganguly, Harrdy Sandhu incidentally is a former India U-19 pace bowler, who was back in the day, known as Hardavinder Singh Sandhu.
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Australia vs South Africa set to kick off the T-20 World Cup Super 12 in Abu Dhabi
(Cricket news) The big stage of the T-20 World Cup is all set to begin. The first clash will be a group 1 match between Australia and South Africa. Both the teams have some quality fiery pace bowlers. It'll without a doubt be the battle of the quicks.
Out of the 2 warm-up games, Australia managed to win the one against New Zealand by 3 wickets and comprehensively lost against India by 8 wickets. South Africa on the other hand won both their warm-up games. After beating Afghanistan by 41 runs they went on to beat Pakistan 6 wickets.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Sweepson, Ashton Agar.
The Australian camp has been very positive about David Warner and have maintained an opinion that they will back him. Despite not playing much in the IPL, Steven Smith has played well in the warm-ups. Australia may have to make the tough choice of leaving one or even two seamers out. Kane Richardson is a tough call to leave out but dropping Starc or Cumminns would be more difficult and Josh Hazelwood is the only bowler who has played the IPL regularly. Aussies could also be forced to choose between Agar and Zampa if the wicket offers more to pacers.
South Africa Squad:
Temba Bavuma, Quinton De Cock, Bjorn Forttuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrick Klassen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markaram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorious, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie Van Det Dussen.
South Africa made the controversial call of leaving out veterans Faf Du Plessis and Imran Tahir. Du Plessis is a major miss after having a fantastic IPL where he finished as the 2nd highest run getter. South Africa's strength lies in the quicks. Rabada and Nortje have had a good IPL with Delhi Capitals and will be looking to take the momentum forward. Tabraiz Shamsi Keshav Maharaj will also be very crucial with their spin especially in the middle overs.
Both teams will be hoping for a good start. The game will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi which is usually a low scoring ground with an average score of 140 in the 1st innings and 128 in the 2nd innings. The team that wins the toss may well be looking to bat first and get some runs on the board.
Australia’s top order in focus against in-form South Africa
Abu Dhabi, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Australia will hope their lacklustre top order can fire from the word go when they open their T20 World Cup campaign against an under-the-radar South African side, playing without the usual burden of pressure, in a Super 12 Group 1 match here on Saturday.
Australia, who are searching for their maiden T20 title, enter the tournament on the back of a horrific run, losing bilateral series to Bangladesh, West Indies, New Zealand, India and England.
Many first-choice team members skipped the recent white-ball tours, during which Australia managed just five wins and lost 13 matches. Hence most of their players have had scant preparation.
David Warner's form is a huge concern but the team is adamant the opener will turn things around. His IPL form was woeful, he was dropped from the team for the second time this year after scores of 0 and 2 last month. His troubled run continued in the two warm-up games where he scored 0 and 1.
Skipper Aaron Finch, who is coming off a knee surgery, is also short of match practice as is vice-captain Pat Cummins who hasn't played any cricket since the IPL's first leg in April. He even arrived to the UAE later than the others.
The other area of concern is the team's general struggles against spin bowling.
They have a solid middle order comprising the likes of Steve Smith, and all-rounders Marcus Stoinis, the in-form Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Marsh, who can up the ante at any given point and are proven match-winners.
Australia have great bowling depth which leads to a selection conundrum. Spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are likely to play a key role in the spin-friendly UAE tracks leaving limited spots for the array of pacers including the likes of Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, and Josh Hazlewood.
South Africa, on the other hand, will enter the clash high on spirits and in-form, having emerged victorious in three consecutive series against defending champions West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka and both the practice games.
Having gone through a revival, the squad doesn't boast of superstars like the previous Proteas sides and hence expectations to win the tournament are low, removing the massive burden of pressure that usually casts a shadow on the team in every ICC tournament.
South Africa have lot of openers stacked on top (Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks) and when they don't perform the going gets tough for them. The shallow middle order and lack of solid finishers don't really help the case. Power-hitter David Miller's form is a big concern.
The Proteas, however, have a potent bowling attack, with Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje taking care of the pace front, while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj spearhead the spin department. Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder are their seam-bowling all-rounders.
World No.1 Shamsi, South Africa's star performer, has the ability to control the game. He has been perfecting his variations and is the leading T20I wicket-taker this year. He will be key for the Proteas.
The Teams (From): Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.
Match starts at 3:30pm IST.
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Bangladesh progress into the T20 World Cup Super 12s with magnificent victory against Papua New Guinea
(Cricket news) In an emphatic 84 run victory against Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh qualified for a spot at the Super 12s in the T20 World Cup. It was The Tigers’ largest ever victory in T20 Internationals as they finished on top of Group B followed by Scotland who also progressed to the next round.
Bangladesh started off in the best possible fashion, reaching 45-1 after six overs in what was their most successful powerplay in the tournament so far with Shakib scoring three sixes but was eventually dismissed at 46 off 37 balls while attempting another six, only to be caught by Charles Amini in a fantastic diving effort.
Mahmuddullah struck the fastest 50 of the tournament so far in just 27 balls but the 35 year old was eventually dismissed by being caught on the boundary. In the last five overs, Bangladesh scored an impressive 68 runs to register the highest total of any match in the tournament so far, largely contributed thanks to Afif Hossain (21 runs off 14) and Mohammad Saifuddin (19 runs off six).
The task seemed impossible for minnows Papua New Guinea, who quickly folded to 14-4 during the chase. Kiplin Doriga did his utmost to hold the fort, scoring a respectable 45 runs off 34 balls but as wickets kept tumbling down at the other end, Papua New Guinea were ultimately reduced to 97 runs in 19.3 overs.
Scotland defeat Oman by eight wickets to progress into T20 World Cup Super 12s
(Cricket news) In the final Group B game in Muscat, hosts Oman were bowled out for a meagre score of 122 runs as Scotland eased into the T20 World Cup Super12 stage comfortably with three overs to spare and captain Kyle Coetzer getting back to some much needed form with 41 runs.
Scotland maintained their 100% record in the competition and topped Group B, ensuring it was the first time they have reached the second stage of the World Cup. They are now in Group 2 of the Super 12s alongside New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Bangladesh finished second in Group B and are now alongside West Indies, Australia, South Africa and England.
The match could not have begun on a worse note for Oman as Jatinder Singh was dismissed in the second ball because of a run out as the Indian origin player hit the ball towards Mark Watt and attempted to take a run while his teammate Aqib Ilyas did not leave the crease. The hosts were soon reduced to 13-2 when George Munsey caught a flighted ball by Kashyap Prajapati as things went from bad to worse for Oman.
The introduction of Mohammed Nadeem settled things down for the hosts as his partnership with Aaqib Ilyas yielded 38 runs. However, Ilyas was soon dismissed for 37 runs off 35 balls which featured two sixes and three fours. Some economical bowling by Leask (2-13), Watt (1-23) and Chris Greaves (0-9 from two overs) ensured Oman maintained a low run rate and Nadeem was soon dismissed for 25 after being caught by Richie Berrington.
A captain’s performance by Zeeshan Maqsood (34) ensured Oman reached a total of 122 runs despite being eventually dismissed by Josh Davey (3-25) who took the wicket of Fayyaz Butt from the final ball of the innings. A solid 33-run opening partnership by Munsey and Coetzer ensured Scotland had a solid platform to build on despite the fact that Munsey was eventually dismissed for 20 runs.
Coetzer, who has not been in the best of form, ended the powerplay with a magnificent 91-metre six from the bowling of Maqsood before hitting another 84-metre shot in the next over. If that wasn’t enough, he smashed a 93-metre shot in the ninth over from Nadeem with the ball going out of the ground at deep mid-wicket. Unfortunately, just when Coetzer seemed to get going, he was dismissed for 41 runs off 28 deliveries by Khawar Ali (1-27).
With the score at 75-2, Matthew Cross and Berrington combined in style to guide their team to victory and assure a Super 12 spot at the World Cup. Cross scored an unbeaten 26 runs off 35 balls while Berrington surpassed Coetzer’s sixes with a 99-metre shot of his own and scored a total of 31 runs from 21 deliveries.
Struggling WI face tough battle against England in their T20 WC opener
Dubai, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Two-time champions but currently out of sorts, the West Indies will hope to raise their game by a few notches when they open their campaign against favourites England in a Super 12 match of the ICC men's T20 World Cup here on Saturday.
A team packed with some of the most destructive T20 players, the West Indies cut a sorry figure in the two warm-up games against Pakistan and Afghanistan and would need to quickly shrug off the disappointment ahead of the tournament proper.
It was poor batting which cost them both the practice matches. While against Pakistan, the Carribean team failed to put up a fighting total, scoring a modest 130 for 7, Kieron Pollard's men managed 133-5 in their chase of 189 against Afghanistan.
Roston Chase's 54 off 58 balls against Afghanistan was the only highlight of their batting as none of the other batters could capitalise on their starts in both the matches.
Pollard showed some spark when he hit a 10-ball 23 with five boundaries against Pakistan and his finishing skills will play a big role for the team in the tournament.
The West Indies will need the likes of Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran to fire to make a good start and win at least three group matches to qualify for the semifinals.
One of the major concerns for West Indies is the form of 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle, who scored just 165 runs in 9 innings in the Carribean Premier League and featured in just two games for Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of the IPL.
Experienced all-rounder Andre Russell too has had frequent fitness issues, the latest being a hamstring injury. He played only three games for Kolkata Knight Riders in UAE.
There is not much to write home about their bowling either with spinner Hayden Walsh (2/41) and left-arm pacer Obed McCoy (2/43) being their most successful bowlers in the two practice games.
With Oshane Thomas in the ranks, pace still looks better than their spin department which features the likes of Fabian Allen, Chase and Akeal Hosein.
England, on the other hand, are the reigning World champions in ODI cricket and will be itching to put the ghosts of the 2016 edition to rest when Carlos Brathwaite had smashed four successive sixes in the final to end their dreams.
Up against the same opponents, Eoin Morgan's men will look to set the record straight when his army of men takes the field on Saturday.
England seems a balanced side despite missing some key players in Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.
Their batting boosts of some big names such as Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, and Jonny Bairstow -- all capable of destroying any bowling attack on their day.
While England lost to India in the first warm-up, they quickly recovered to beat New Zealand in the second match.
Bairstow's 49 runs off 36 balls and Moeen Ali's 20-ball 43 late in the order were the highlights of their batting against India, while Buttler slammed 73 off 51 balls against New Zealand to gear up for the showpiece.
Mark Wood and Adil Rashid snapped four and three wickets respectively to lead a clinical bowling display against New Zealand and with David Willey, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali also in their side, it looks like a formidable attack.
Teams: West Indies: Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
England: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Match starts at 7.30pm IST.
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Top 5 players to miss out of the T20 World Cup this year
(Cricket news) With the T20 bonanza about to start, there were some unfortunate players to miss out of the World Cup this year. With the teams only allowed to pick a squad of 15 it was up to the respective cricket boards to make these controversial calls. However, there are few players who might count themselves as unlucky not to be in the squads. Let us take a look at the top players who won't be seen in action in this T20 World Cup.
Sunil Narine (West Indies)
One of the most successful bowlers to play the shortest format did not make the cut for the West Indies squad this year. Narine has been in supreme form this season, he picked up 16 wickets for KKR and was one of the main reasons they made a incredible comeback and reached the final. He also had a tremendous CPL but still didn’t make into the West Indies squad. Over the years Narine has been called by ICC to remodel his action, he may not be the deadly bowler that he was but now he bowls with a lot of pace which in turn helps him pick up crucial wickets. West Indies made this call keeping in mind his action regulations but they could have used him on these dry UAE pitches, the decision is a bit baffling as West Indies are going into the tournament without a proper spinner.
Faf Du Plessis (South Africa)
This year's second highest run getter in the IPL and man of the match in the final did not make the 15 member squad for South Africa. This season, Faf made an incredible 633 runs for CSK in the IPL, along with that he also scored 277 runs in the CPL. His form before the T20 World Cup was the best among any players but the fact that he is no longer a player under the contract of Cricket South Africa made it difficult for the selectors to choose him, although he made himself available for the World Cup the board decided not to take the risk. Director of Cricket South Africa Graeme Smith said: "When you are working with free agents, you have to come together. You have to find that balance that works for both the team and the free agents. With Faf in particular, we struggled to find that balance,”
Ben Stokes (England)
One of the finest all rounders in the world will miss out on this year's T20 World Cup as he continues his indefinite break from cricket to prioritise his mental health. Having Stokes in your team is a captain's dream as he has played 148 T20 matches, Stokes has scored 2865 runs and picked 86 wickets. In recent times Stokes has arguably been the best player for England, he single handedly led them to the 2019 World Cup and has won numerous matches with the ball as well as the bat. The option of having Stokes is a luxury as he can bat anywhere in the middle order and most importantly he can act as a finisher also, something that the England squad miss and will need to find a solution especially with Eoin Morgan also not in good form.
Jofra Archer (England)
Ever since he made his debut, Jofra Archer has become a household name in the England squad in all three formats. An elbow injury has meant that Jofra Archer will not only be out of action from the T20 World Cup but also the Ashes series. Archer is taking an extended break from cricket to take care of his right elbow which has suffered due to a recurrence stress fracture. In 2020 Archer was the most valuable player in IPL after he had picked 20 wickets as well as scored some crucial runs in the end to showcase his skillset, Archer has also claimed 153 wickets at an average of 22.52 and a strike rate of 17.60. His maturity in the sport defies his age which will be severely missed by England.
Yuzvendra Chahal (India)
Another unfortunate spinner not to make the Indian squad was Chahal as the selectors preferred Rahul Chahar over him. Chahal too was in unbelievable form in the IPL, picking up 18 wickets in 15 matches but the team selectors opted not to take him even with all the experience he has over Chahar. Chahal has taken 202 wickets in his IPL and T20I career combined at an average of 23.22, and an economy of 7.82. Chahar on the other hand, has 50 IPL + T20I wickets at an average of 25.08, and an economy of 7.46. The reason they didn’t was later clarified by Virat Kohli saying, “It was a challenging call but we decided to back Rahul Chahar for a reason that he has bowled amazingly well in the last couple of seasons and a guy who bowls with pace”.
Indian bowlers dominating Australian batters at home huge positive, says Mandhana
Hobart, Oct 21 (Cricket news) The series was lost but star opener Smriti Mandhana feels the Indian women's cricket team gained quite a lot from its recent tour of Australia, the biggest positive being the visiting bowlers' lion-hearted performance in the multi-format rubber.
India lost the series 5-11 after going down in the white-ball leg and drawing the lone Test.
"We had a lot of positives. Everyone did well, especially the bowling. It was one department where we were way better than the Aussies which is a huge thing for the Indian team," Mandhana said during a Clubhouse session on 10 years of Red Bull Campus Cricket during which its first ever women's edition was announced.
"To come to Australia and outplay their bowlers and outplay their pacers was so amazing to watch, the way Jhulan di (Goswami) bowled, Pooja (Vastrakar) bowled and Renuka (Singh) and Shikha di (Pandey) bowled in the T20 format..." "It was amazing to watch our bowlers dominating the Australian batters, that was the biggest positive." Mandhana added.
The stylish southpaw, who had one of her best away series where she scored 86 in an ODI followed by a majestic 127, her first ton in Tests, and then a 52 in the final women's T20I, added that had rain not played spoilsport, the series could have gone India's way.
"If results would have gone differently it would have been even more better for India. "Rain played spoiltsport in the Test match and the first T20 which we were in a very good position to win.
"Not blaming the rain but things would have maybe been different had the rain not happened but there were so many positives from the series," said Mandhana, who is currently playing for Sydney Thunder in the Women's Big Bash here.
The 25-year-old said the Indian team is working on improving its batting depth and the recent performances by the lower middle order is testament to the efforts being put in.
"That's a conscious effort to have good batting depth specially in T20 and ODI format because in white-ball cricket we might lose a few wickets and it shouldn't always be top heavy. We should have a lot of contributors.
"Our lower middle order is contributing a lot and have done amazingly in the recent series. Jhulan di finished the match for us in the third ODI, it showed we are all working very hard on batting and getting our number 7,8 9 to bat," she added.
The limited overs vice-captain backed the idea of multi-format series.
"I'm absolutely in love with this multi format series. I think it gives substance to all the matches we play whether it is three ODIs, one Test and three T20Is.
"Sometimes you lose two matches and think the series is lost (but in multi format series) you go in every match thinking there are two points to gain.
India, who were in a good position to win, drew their first day-night Test against Australia which was curtailed due to the rain.
"We as women cricketers just love playing red ball cricket and now with the pink ball. It will be cool to have a lot more of Test matches specially multi format series.
"It will also give a lot of substance to the only Test match because it has 4 points," Mandhana said.
The Indian team had also played a Test against England during the summer.
Mandhana said playing the day-night game, although challenging, was a dream come true.
"It was a good experience of playing one (Test) in England and one here. Day-night was a new challenge for all of us, we really didn't get time to practice with the pink ball. We got only two days before the match.
"I never thought I'd get a chance to play with the pink ball. The experience under lights in whites was a dream come true."
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BCCI could earn up to USD 5 billion from IPL broadcasting rights only
New Delhi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) The BCCI is set for a windfall of gigantic proportions as the IPL broadcast rights (TV and digital) could fetch the Board up to USD 5 billion for the next five-year cycle (2023-2027) while some high-profile interest is being seen in the bidding process for the two new teams.
The current five-year rights (TV and digital) for IPL from 2018 to 2022 are with Star India but, according to people who are in decision-making capacity, the valuation, which is at Rs 16,347.50 crore (USD 2.55 billion) right now, could more than double and reach USD 5 billion (around Rs 36,000 crore approx at current exchange rate).
"There is a well-known US based company which did send BCCI feelers some time back, expressing their serious interest in bidding for IPL media rights. With 10 teams playing IPL from 2022, the matches will go up to 74 and in any case, the valuation of the property increases," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
"But with two new teams about to fetch anything between Rs 7000 crore to 10,000 crore, the broadcast rights are certainly going to shoot through the roof. So expect the IPL broadcast rights to go for anything above USD 4 billion and may be up to USD 5 billion," the official in the know of things said.
Any foreign company showing interest in buying IPL properties needs to have an Indian wing.
The last time around, there were only two major players in TV and digital media rights market with Star India handsomely outbidding Sony, who held the rights from 2008-2017.
Star had bid nearly Rs 5300 crore more as Sony's final composite bid was Rs 11,050 crore (USD 1.47 billion). Star India is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company India.
The BCCI normally categorises various broadcast deals like TV, digital (streaming), radio, and social media but last time, it allowed separate as well as one composite bid.
Any company can also bid separately but if the valuation of the singular composite bid is more than the cumulative amount of singular bids, then that is considered by the Board.
The BCCI is set to release the Tender invitation in Dubai on October 25, the same day when two new IPL teams will also be announced.
The BCCI is expecting robust bidding from both Star India and also Sony, which would like to get the IPL property back in its bouquet.
Manchester United owners Glazer family picks up IPL team bid document ============================================ The senior official also confirmed that the Glazer family, which owns Manchester United, has picked up the bid document as October 20 was the last day.
"Yes, the Glazers have picked up the bid document. Obviously, IPL is now a globally acknowledged sports property and international firms will be interested.
"Whether they would bid at all or whether they would be later interested in buying stakes in an existing IPL team, we don't know," the senior official said.
The IPL bid document costs Rs 10 lakh and a lot of business houses and big corporate houses buy the bid document just to analyse the business prospects.
There has been a trend of private companies, which are flush with cash, showing interest but it remains to be seen how many put in the bids, which will be opened on October 25, a day after T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan.
The BCCI is expecting anything between Rs 7000 crore to 10,000 crore from the team bidding of IPL.
The official then gave the example of Red Bird Capitals, a US based investment firm which is one of the investors in English Premier League (EPL) giants Liverpool. They currently have 15 per cent stake in IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals.
As PTI had reported some time back, some of the major players who could bid for new IPL teams are the Adani Group, Kotak, pharma majors Aurobindo and Torrent group, and the RP-Sanjiv Goenka group.
The BCCI is allowing consortiums and companies with annual turnover of Rs 3000 crore to bid for teams.
The base price for new IPL teams is pegged at INR 2000 crore.
Will a former India cricketer become a first time IPL team co-owner? ========================================= A very reputed former Indian cricketer and big star of India's World Cup victories might join one of consortiums as a minority stakeholder with his investment.
"Yes, a very well known cricketer has shown active interest in being a part of the new franchises. Yes, he wants to invest his own money and be a part of the consortium.
"He wants to be a minority stake-holder but with his experience, he would want to take the cricketing decisions. Whether any of the new business houses will agree to such a proposal remains to be seen," the source informed.
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Are India out and out favourites to win the ICC Men's T-20 World Cup?
(Cricket news) India have sent a message to the entire cricketing world in these warm up games. India defeated England by 7 wickets with an over to spare and Australia by 8 wickets with 13 balls to spare. The men in blue will naturally enter the tournament as one of the favourites because of these performances and their incredible squad.
The 3 openers in the squad Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan have scored a 50 each in the warm ups which is a very big positive. Surya Kumar Yadav is another player who got a 50 while out of the bowlers, Ravichandran Ashwin has been a very big positive. In the warm up games Ashwin bowled 4 overs with the figures of 0/23 against England where he had the lowest economy and bowled 2 overs against Australia with the figures 2/8. With Jadeja being undroppable, Ashwin will be competing for the lead spinner spot against the two leggies Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarty.
After a disappointing IPL, Chahar has had a decent couple of warm up games. Varun Chakravarty on the other hand had an outstanding IPL, he was only brought on to bowl a couple of overs at the death against Australia but it will be very difficult to keep him out of the team. Ashwin may get a place in the squad against teams that have more than 2 left handers in the squad but Chakravarty has to be the obvious choice.
An area of massive concern is the absence of a 6th bowling option. Rohit Sharma at the toss against Australia said that Hardik Pandya hasn't started bowling yet but is expected to start doing so at the tournament. The big question is that if Pandya has a setback and can't bowl, does he still make the playing XI?
If Hardik can't bowl and India still go with him at 6 followed by Jadeja and 4 pure bowlers then India will not have an option if any one bowler is having a bad day. If Pandya is dropped for a pure batsman, the same problem will persist. The only other option would be to push Jadeja at 6 and play Shardul Thakur at 7. What that does is make an already weak tail even weaker.
Rohit also said that the team is also searching for another bowling option which was put into practice as Virat Kohli bowled his medium pace for a couple of overs and gave away only 12 runs. Rohit Sharma is another one who can bowl his finger spin if required. Surya Kumar Yadav has also bowled medium pace and spin in the past.
India as a squad is not the most balanced by any means. Even if Pandya starts bowling he will always do the job of the 6th option or the part timer. It isn't going to be Pandya who can bowl 135 KMPH+. Therefore any Indian line-up will either be 6 pure batters, 1 all-rounder and 4 pure bowlers or 5 pure batters, 1 all-rounder, 1 bowling all-rounder and 4 pure bowlers. Both of which are not ideal in the T-20 format.
However, the Indian side has a lot of quality and experience blended with some young guns. MS Dhoni in the dugout acting as a mentor, which is a massive positive for the entire camp. Having players like Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel as standby's goes on to show the depth of this Indian side. India's first game is a massive one against Pakistan. The game will reflect a lot of things for India beyond the result. India are definitely one of the favourites but saying that they are out and out favourites ahead of West Indies, Australia and England would be a bit of a stretch.
Warner was dealt harshly but he thrives on big stage: Brett Lee
Dubai, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Former Australia pacer Brett Lee says David Warner's confidence may have taken a beating after the harsh treatment meted out to him by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but asserted that the opener is a big stage player, who will be key for team's success in T20 World Cup.
SRH removed Warner from the captaincy in the first leg of the IPL this year and when the league resumed in the UAE he was left out of playing XI after ordinary outings in the first two matches.
Lee exhorted the Aussies to change the statistics since they are yet to win a T20 World title. Australia begin their campaign against old foes South Africa on Saturday.
"We have not had a lot of success in this format - it is time we changed it and we do have a side that can take it all the way. It obviously won’t be easy, especially when you look at how strong teams like England, India and New Zealand are," Lee wrote in a column for the ICC.
"But this Australian side is loaded with talent and for me, the key is David Warner. I would like to say he is saving the runs for the games that count after his IPL form! He was really harshly dealt with there and it may have knocked some confidence out of him but he thrives on the big stage. Everything should be rosy for him here, class is permanent. " The 44-year-old, who played 76 Tests and 221 ODIs, primed Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to do well for Australia apart from Warner.
"I will also put a lot of weight behind Mitchell Starc. There has been some debate in the last year about Starc being past his best but he would be in my team every single time, Josh Hazlewood has had a good IPL and Pat Cummins is a superstar. He is the David Beckham of the team, whatever he touches turns to gold!." Lee, though, did not have any doubt that India will be the title favourites and expects batter KL Rahul and pacer Mohammed Shami to come out on top.
"I think India are probably the favourites with their top four or five batters and their bowling attack. I have KL Rahul down as the top run-scorer in the tournament and Mohammed Shami to be the leading wicket-taker, purely going on the last few months.
So if they deliver and India have one of the leading run-scorers and wicket-takers, it’s a good start." About Australia's tournament-opener against the Proteas, Lee said "South Africa pose a massive threat".
"Players come and go, greats come and go. But when you play against a nation like South Africa, the respect is always there. We know they have some match-winners and that is where the T20 game will suit them.
"They have guys who can take the game away within four or five overs and it will be a real test.
I think South Africa are closer to the Australian culture than any other nation, in terms of sport. New Zealand are obviously closer geographically but South Africans are abrasive on the sports field. They are always in your face and I love that, it's great. It is also why they have been so successful in all formats. I know they will give Australia a red-hot crack." Lee also believed that nations from the Indian Sub-continent should excel in the UAE conditions.
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Leadership will be key in Indo-Pak clash in T20 World Cup: Hayden
Karachi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden says leadership will be key in the much anticipated India-Pakistan T20 World Cup clash in "dogfight conditions" in Dubai on Sunday.
Terming the match a real dogfight, Hayden who is working with the Pakistan team as batting consultant, margin for error will be very little in the big match so leadership will be the key to the outcome of the match.
Hayden cited examples of MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan, who led their respective IPL franchises with success when their own individual performances were not at expected levels.
"Their individual performances were not as good as they have previously done as per their statistical records but the way they led their troops and conducted themselves played an important part in their teams reaching the IPL final in UAE conditions," Hayden said in a media interaction.
"I feel leadership will be key in the coming match as conditions in UAE leave very little margin for error and there are dogfight conditions out there." Hayden said Pakistan captain Babar Azam had a role to play in the match as a leader and a premium batter.
"There will be additional pressure on him as captain and batsman because he will be targeted and everyone will be wanting to, like they say, put him in their pocket. Babar has command and presence and he needs to fulfil that role in a batting sense and captain." Hayden also observed that having followed Indian cricket very closely over the years, he believed that KL Rahul and Rishab Pant pose the biggest threat to Pakistan in the match.
"More or less I have watched KL Rahul grow and he is a major threat to Pakistan. I have watched him grow up as a boy. I have seen his struggles and his dominance in shorter formats.
"I have seen someone like Rishab Pant, his brash nature and beautiful vision for the game, how he has destroyed bowling attacks because he has got the opportunity because he sees it that way." The Australian opener also said having watched the various elements of the game and been part of it he can say that nothing matches the rivalry between Pakistan and India.
"For an Australian obviously the Ashes and matches against England are tops but nothing matches the rivalry of these two teams.” Hayden said Pakistan have some wonderful assets that will perform on the given day. He termed Babar, Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman as key players for Pakistan.
Asked about his short-term role as consultant with the Pakistan team, Hayden said his main purpose was to bring calmness and control and telling the players to remain very present in play because World Cups are challenging things.
"I have learnt for whatever reason you are always under pressure, you don't need to create additional pressure to what the game demands."
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T10, Hundred can co-exist with other formats: Roy
Abu Dhabi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Prolific England opener Jason Roy believes that the much-debated new formats of the game -- the Hundred and the T10 -- can co-exist with the T20, ODI and Test cricket.
There has been a push for the T10 format's entry into the 2028 Olympics while the ECB has its own version -- the 100-ball cricket.
"They are co-existing now, aren't they?," Roy, who will be turning out for Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, said during a virtual interaction.
"The talent of players coming to the T10 is extremely high, the talent of the Hundred was extremely high, and that was during COVID as well." Roy, who is all set to return to the Abu Dhabi T10 after three years, said the T10 version would help in enhancing their power hitting skills in a big way.
"You've got red ball cricket, one day cricket and T20 cricket and those are your three games that you need to work on. But now you add in the Hundred and T10, it's extremely fun, loads of fun especially for players like myself who have played all these other formats.
"To now come in and learn a new skill is great, it's refreshing, it keeps you young which is good. I think they can co-exist very easily together." Asked whether a T10 World Cup is realistic in future, he said: "That would be a lot of fun mate. It's a great idea but it's going to be quite hard to fit that into the international schedule, with Tests, ODIs, T20Is." "But yeah, why not imagine that. Imagine obviously the internationals going head to head. It'll be some of the most iconic cricket. So, yeah, maybe something for the future for sure." On the challenges for a batter in T10 format, he said, "It's just power hitting pretty much from ball one and pushing for those 100-plus scores." "It's another skill set for the players to learn, it's exciting for players like myself, who are playing." The fifth season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League will be held from November 19-December 4.
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There's always that chance: Stead on Williamson missing T20 WC matches due to elbow injury
Abu Dhabi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Kane Williamson's elbow niggle "flared up a little bit" earlier this week and there is a "chance" that the New Zealand skipper would end up missing matches during the T20 World Cup, head coach Gary Stead has revealed.
Williamson was seen fielding in New Zealand's 13-run loss to England in a warm-up game on Wednesday but the Kiwi skipper didn't bat as a "precautionary measure," according to Stead.
The coach said Williamson's elbow injury had "flared up a little bit" after the three-wicket loss to Australia in the first warm-up game on Monday. The Kiwi skipper had hit a 30-ball 37.
When asked whether Williamson might have to miss matches during the tournament, Stead, although optimistic, said "there's always that chance".
"We're still pretty hopeful and confident that if we get the rest right, initially here now, and get that balance right then he should be right to play," Stead was quoted as saying by 'stuff.co.nz'.
New Zealand open their campaign against Pakistan in Sharjah on Tuesday but play their other four Super 12 matches in the space of seven days between October October 31 to November 7 which leave little room for rest.
"Kane is a prodigious hitter of and balls, he loves to prepare that way as well, and in some ways that's probably the worst thing he can do, is over-hit at times.
"So it's really getting that balance right, between feeling ready and feeling prepared to go, and making sure we don't aggravate anything," Stead said.
Last week, Williamson had said that the recovery from the elbow problem, which has been bothering him for a while, has been slow.
He also divulged that the problem was impacting his batting as it affected his grip.
Talking about the team's performance, the coach said the side is likely to stick with the three-seamer and two-spinner bowling attack.
New Zealand lost both its warm-up games in the run-up to the tournament.
"We've had that balance for quite a while and I think it's still the right balance for most of the conditions here as well," he said.
"We'll weigh up what we think around Sharjah in particular and if we think there needs to be anything different there for that first game against Pakistan, but that's a little way down the track," he added.
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Big shame that we don't have Stokes, Archer for World Cup: Roy
Abu Dhabi, Oct 21 (Cricket news) Swashbuckling England opener Jason Roy on Thursday said missing the superstar duo of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer for the T20 World Cup is a "big shame" but insisted they have enough depth in their squad to go the distance.
Talismanic all-rounder Stokes, who played a key role in England's maiden ODI World Cup triumph in 2019, is away on an indefinite leave for his mental well-being and to recover from a finger injury.
Archer has ruled himself out after the recurrence of a stress fracture in his right elbow.
"I wouldn't say it's a problem -- it's a shame. It's definitely a shame, not having those two here but you know they're on the same path of getting fit and healthy again," Roy, who will be turning out for Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, said during a virtual interaction here.
England have another injury setback in all-rounder Sam Curran who has been ruled out with a lower-back injury, sustained during the IPL.
His brother Tom Curran has been drafted into the England squad as his replacement, while Reece Topley has also been added as a travelling reserve.
Roy however said it's not a worry for them as they have enough in their bench strength to go all the way.
"You look at our depth of the squad now, the players we have, and it's still extremely impressive. The boys showed that they have done well in the warm up game, and they've been training extremely hard, so I don't think it's a worry at all.
"We've got players that will definitely 100 per cent step up, rise to the occasion. They have more than enough skill. I can tell you that from training, There's more than enough skill that can take us all the way." If the second leg of IPL in UAE was any indication, the English players struggled to adapt to the sluggish pitches on offer.
But the 31-year-old chose to differ.
"I don't think so. We've shown our skill on most tracks. The pitches aren't horrendous, they're just a bit slow, so that's not a problem.
"The amount of training we've had, the camp we had, and then obviously a lot of the boys playing in the IPL, so there's a lot of feedback, knowledge going around about how to combat whatever you might come across.
"So now I think the boys have the skill to combat whatever pitch was supplied with," he asserted.
Boasting an impressive T20I strike-rate of 145.66, Roy said they would feel at ease, having played in the IPL at same venues.
"Coming from IPL 2021 to T20 World Cup 2021 has a lot of benefits. We have a feel of things, training and playing on these pitches, spending a lot of time interacting with players from other teams. Boys who have played in the IPL have a big advantage." England have growing concerns about world No. 1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan who struggled in the slow tracks in the two warm-up matches against India and New Zealand and scored 18 (18 balls) and 11 (15 balls) respectively.
World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan too is enduring a poor run of form with 133 runs at an average of 11.08 in the recently-concluded IPL but Roy said the side is not worried overtly.
"We have been training hard, a lot of cricketers from England haven't played much in the last few months apart from those in the IPL.
"We are all shaping up well, they are getting into the swing of things. From my point of view, every single batsman in our top order has the ability to win games. I'm very excited to see that," he said.
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