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Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

Pat Cummins Has Signed Up For IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Pat Cummins, the Australian Test skipper has revealed that he has signed up for the 2022 IPL mega auction. The right-arm pacer also confirmed that as things stand, he is willing to play the IPL.

Pat Cummins also added that a player should individually be aware of his workload, and said that some cricketers can manage their workload better than others.

Pat Cummins Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins Credit: AAP

Pat Cummins Have Signed Up For IPL 2022 Auctions

Pat Cummins made headlines after getting picked by KKR for a whopping amount of INR 15.50 crore in the IPL 2020 auction. He picked 21 wickets in his second stint with KKR but was not available for the UAE leg last season as he wanted to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

“I’ve signed up for the auction at this stage. I’ll probably have a bit more of a think about it before that auction date. At this stage, I plan to do the IPL. I have no advice for anyone else. I think you’ve got to be aware of (workloads), it could be a lot of time on the road, some people manage that better than others,” said Cummins as quoted by Cricket Australia.

Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021[photo: Twitter]
Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021[photo: Twitter]

Pat Cummins also added that a player should know what he is signing up for. Adding that he will have to endure the bubble life for some more time, the 28-year-old concluded by stating that people are aware of what they will have to go through.

“You have to know what you’re signing up for. It could be a long-ish winter but the last couple of winters have been quiet at home. The traditional tours are still a little way away, it will be bubbles for a little bit longer. Everyone has to be aware of it,” concluded Cummins.

Pat Cummins was last seen on a cricket field in the 5th Ashes 2021/22 Test match against England. He scalped a total of 7 wickets in the match and played a key role in helping the kangaroos thrash their arch-rivals by a margin of 146 runs.

Pat Cummins Took 38 Scalps In 37 IPL Games

Pat Cummins’ stint as the full-time Test skipper of the Australian side started in splendid fashion after Australia routed England by a margin of 4-0 in The Ashes series. Talking about the IPL, the right-arm seamer has played 37 matches in the tournament and has taken 38 wickets at an average of 30.13.

It was back to purple and gold for the pacer who picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31. Although Pat Cummins missed the second Test in Adelaide after he was identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive case, he ended as the leading wicket-taker of the series.

Australia's Mitchell Starc
Australia’s Mitchell Starc  Image Credit: AFP

Pat Cummins snubbed 21 wickets from four games, two more than his long-time teammate Mitchell Starc. This is the third time in a row that Pat Cummins picked the most wickets overall in the Ashes.

Australia’s 4-0 win against England in the Ashes Test series is the first feather in the hat of skipper Pat Cummins. He was named Australia’s captain ahead of the Ashes 2021/22 series and a sweeping victory will only boost his morale.

The skipper played just four Tests in the series but had scalped 21 wickets in the process. Pat Cummins will next lead the team to Pakistan in March, and he would want to continue the winning streak.  After 1998, this is the first time the Australian side is touring Pakistan.

In the tour, Australia and Pakistan will lock horns for three Tests, three ODIs, and one T20 international, starting from the 3rd of March to April 5.

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan And Shubman Gill Set To Be Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill are set to be a part of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
The Ahmedabad franchise, which was bought last October by CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pte Ltd), has also finalized its coaching staff – they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten.
Former England batter Vikram Solanki, who is currently Surrey’s head coach, will be the team director. This is the second IPL franchise where the trio will work together: the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI

Hardik Pandya And Rashid Khan All Set To Play Together For Ahmedabad Franchise

Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the two new franchises participating in the IPL 2022, are yet to disclose the players they have bought but the deadline for doing so is fast approaching- January 22.  Both teams were given the same purse – INR 90 crore – the same as the existing eight franchises.
However, unlike the other teams, which could retain four players, the two new ones can buy a maximum of three players with the overseas slot limited to one. It has been learned that Ahmedabad has decided to pay both Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan the same amount – INR 15 crore.
It is also learned that Hardik Pandya is likely to take charge as Ahmedabad captain, a first experience for the allrounder in the IPL. The third player – Shubman Gill – will be paid INR 7 crore. This means the franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 53 crore.
Hardik Pandya’s rise, since he was bought as an uncapped player for a mere INR 10 lakh in 2015, has been exponential. By 2018, he had established himself as the best allrounder in India and Mumbai duly retained him as their second pick at the auction that year, paying INR 11 crore.
This is the first time Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan will play for the same team in the IPL, having previously represented Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Hardik Pandya is a four-time title-winner. However, Hardik Pandya struggled with fitness issues over the last two IPLs and did not bowl at all in this period. His batting, too, hasn’t been as effective as before.
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
That forced Mumbai to look in a different direction as they retained the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who has proven he can bat and accelerate at any position. Hardik Pandya is currently focussing on regaining complete fitness and has not been part of any of the Indian white-ball squads since the 2021 T20I World Cup.
As for Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner became a big talking point immediately after Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to retain Kane Williamson, who will be full-time captain from IPL 2022, along with the uncapped Jammu & Kashmir pairing of Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.
In 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Rashid Khan for INR 4 crore and, a year later, they retained him for INR 9 crore. Remarkably, Rashid Khan featured in all 76 matches played by Sunrisers Hyderabad since his debut, picking up 93 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. Only Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets (104) than Rashid Khan in the last five IPL seasons.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wanted to keep Rashid Khan, so they told him that he would be their second pick behind Kane Williamson. The talks got derailed thereafter, which freed Rashid Khan to weigh up his options, including going into the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Shubman Gill Also Set To Be A Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

For Shubman Gill, this will be his second team in the IPL having been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 auction for INR 1.8 crore. The 22-year old, who has already played 10 Tests and three ODIs, has been earmarked as one of the brightest young talents of this decade, and at one point was even looked upon as a future leader by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
However, the Kolkata Knight Riders had several other options when it came to the retention and Shubman Gill had to be left out. Shubman Gill was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and he was let go by the franchise as the franchise retained Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell instead.
Ahmedabad’s third choice Ishan Kishan didn’t work out and they zeroed in on Shubman Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.

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Joe Root. File Photo
Joe Root. File Photo

Joe Root Who Went Unsold In IPL 2018 Mega Auction Hasn’t Registered For IPL 2022

Joe Root has once again passed on the opportunity to enter the IPL auction and hasn’t registered for the league. He went unsold in IPL 2018 mega auction.

The fans’ wait to see Joe Root participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been extended by at least one more year as the England Test captain has decided against entering the mega auction. Joe Root, who recently finished his five-match assignment against Australia, had recently hinted at entering the auction for the first time in 4 years.

Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England's Test side.© AFP
Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England’s Test side.© AFP

Joe Root Went Unsold In The IPL 2018 Mega Auction And Denies Entering IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Joe Root is uncapped in IPL as he went unsold in the IPL 2018 mega auction. He hasn’t entered an IPL auction since and the chances of him playing in the T20 league are diminishing with every passing season. A number of England greats, including Alastair Cook, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad, didn’t play IPL. Though the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen earned huge amounts by taking part in the league.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The IPL 2022 mega auction is likely to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The list of players up for grabs will be out once the 2 new teams announce their 3 respective picks.

During the presser after another defeat on the tour, Joe Root denied entering the auction and said that he ”will keep sacrificing as much he can.” “There’s a lot that we need to do for this team, which deserves all of my energy. I’ll keep sacrificing as much as I can because I care so much about Test cricket in our country and trying to get us to where we want to be,” the England skipper said.

England was thumped 0-4 in the recently concluded Ashes series but Joe Root insisted that he wants to continue as the captain as he has the ‘appetite’ for it. As a result, he will not be entering the IPL 2022 auction.

Mark Wood And Mitchell Starc May Feature In IPL 2022

While Joe Root has confirmed that he won’t be part of the mega auction, there is still no clear word on Mark Wood and Australia’s Mitchell Starc. Mark Wood was part of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 but hasn’t played the league since then. Mitchell Starc participated in IPL back in 2015. He was to make his comeback to the league in 2018 after being bought by Kolkata Knight Riders but was ruled out of the season due to an injury.

Mark Wood last played in the lucrative league back in 2018 for defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and withdrew from last year’s auction to spend time with his family. But, Mark Wood has already submitted his paperwork for the upcoming auction. Mark Wood reckoned the IPL provides a lot of learnings, and it will be good considering England has a really better one-day side.

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mitchell Starc is contemplating a return to the IPL for the first time since 2015 as he tries to juggle Australia’s Test commitments in the subcontinent with preparation for the T20 World Cup title defense at home in October. Speaking ahead of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart, Mitchell Starc revealed he was seriously considering entering the IPL 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled for February.
Mitchell Starc has only played in two seasons of the IPL, back in 2014 and 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite being one of the best and most valuable T20 bowlers in the world over the last seven years. He took 34 wickets in 27 matches for Royal Challengers at an economy rate of 7.16 and a strike rate of 17. Mark Wood has played only one match in the T20 league so far and it came for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018.
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer Is On The Radar Of RCB, KKR, And PBKS As All Of The 3 Franchises Are Targeting Him As Their Next Skipper

Shreyas Iyer, India’s limited-overs batter is on the radar of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who’s eyeing him as their next captain, revealed a source tracking the developments closely.

Despite scoring a century on his Test debut, Shreyas Iyer could not get a place in Indian Test XI in South Africa. But all that disappointment will soon be a thing of the past as a big opportunity is knocking on Shreyas Iyer’s doors. He is set to be in great demand before IPL 2022 auctions. Not one but 3 franchises are eyeing Indian limited over batsman as their new skipper.

Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during an IPL match for Delhi ©BCCI
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during an IPL match for Delhi ©BCCI

Shreyas Iyer Is On The Radar Of RCB, KKR, And PBKS As Their Next Skipper

According to the available information, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) – all 3 are ready to break the bank for Shreyas Iyer.

“Post Virat Kohli quitting the RCB captaincy, RCB are really interested in having Iyer as their next captain. Expect them to bid aggressively for the Mumbaikar in next month’s auction in Bangalore,” informed the source.

Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals
Rishabh Pant of Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: Twitter)
“The Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are also expected to eye him in the auction,” he said.

Shreyas Iyer, as is evident now, wants to be named as the captain of whichever franchise he plays for. The middle-order batter quit the Delhi Capitals after they appointed Rishabh Pant as their skipper. Post that, he didn’t join Lucknow or Ahmedabad as both franchises weren’t offering him the captaincy.

Shreyas Iyer Has Played 87 IPL Matches For Delhi Capitals From 2015-2021

Shreyas Iyer has earned 35.8 Cr in IPL Salaries to date. His last drawn salary from Delhi Capitals was 7 Cr. Overall he has played 7 IPL Seasons so far & has managed to earn 35.8 Cr in total salary. In 87 matches during this period, Shreyas Iyer has scored 2375 Runs at a Strike Rate of 124 averaging 31.67, playing all seasons from 2015-2021 for Delhi Capitals.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ever since Delhi Daredevils became Delhi Capitals, the performance of the team on the points table also changed. In the last three years, the Delhi Capitals have qualified for the playoffs on all three occasions and came out as runner-up during the 2020 season.

Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, and Anrich Nortje are the 4 players that Delhi Capitals have retained for IPL 2022. Now, they have a purse of Rs. 47.50 crore which is available for the IPL 2022 auction. Apart from Shreyas Iyer, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, and Shimron Hetmyer were also released by the franchise.

Priyam Garg for SRH (Photo- SRH Twitter)
Priyam Garg for SRH (Photo- SRH Twitter)

Priyam Garg Advices U19 Indian Players Ahead Of WC 2022 To Not Lose Focus And Follow Process

Priyam Garg, who was the captain of the India U19 team in the previous edition of the tournament, has a piece of advice for the Indian Colts on how to approach the tournament. Former Indian cricketer Hrishikesh Kanitkar is the current head coach of India’s U19 team. Hrishikesh Kanitkar said the team needs to focus on the World Cup and not bother about IPL 2022 auctions.

India Under-19 team will kick off their World Cup campaign on Saturday as the Yash Dhull-led side plays against South Africa U19 team at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. India U19 team have won four World Cup titles since winning for the first time in the year 2000 and followed the success in 2008, 2012 & 2018.

India U19 Image: PTI
India U19 Image: PTI

Priyam Garg: U19 World Cup Is A Shortcut Before Playing For India But Urges Players Not To Get Distracted By Fame And Attention

As India begins its ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign in the West Indies, the skipper at the previous edition says the tournament should be treated as a stepping stone to reach higher levels and advises the current batch not to be distracted by the sudden fame and attention that comes their way.

“It’s hard not to be nostalgic about the Under-19 World Cup. I remember our batch played continuous cricket throughout the year before the World Cup. We had series in South Africa, Sri Lanka and India. So preparation-wise, we were prepared mentally. We had gained some experience before the World Cup. It was a proud moment for me when I was handed the task to lead the team. It was a big platform and we tried hard to bring back the crown, but couldn’t,” said Priyam Garg.

“India’s under-19 players get similar attention and fame like the senior cricketers, especially as the World Cup gets closer. It’s the first time we all face such a situation where everyone recognises us, everyone talks about us. It’s the biggest challenge for an 18-year-old kid, who is trying to find a route to reach the top level,” said Priyam Garg.

“Sadly, a player doesn’t get such fame when playing for their state teams. And the problem starts when a player unknowingly expects such fame permanently, which is never going to be the case. I feel those who can face that situation calmly and keep their head down, will find success ahead,” said Priyam Garg.

Priyam Garg of SRH in action vs CSK (Twitter/IPLT20)
Priyam Garg of SRH in action vs CSK (Twitter/IPLT20)

“After the under-19 level, the cricketers get to the senior state level where they have to match the performance of players who are more mature than them. First-class cricket is another big challenge,” said Priyam Garg.

“Luckily, my family doesn’t understand much about cricket, and my father only told me to grab the opportunity. I remember when it was announced that I will captain the India under-19 team, I was in Bengaluru but back home, we had visitors, media, and well-wishers coming to greet our family. There were journalists coming on a daily basis to interview my family; it’s something none of us had ever experienced,” said Priyam Garg.

Priyam Garg has played 19 games for his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and scored 205 runs averaging 14.64.

Priyam Garg’s Aim Was To Represent Senior Indian Team One Day

He lays emphasis on working hard and not deviating from the schedule, not taking their eye off the ultimate goal – which should be playing for the senior national team. Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav will lead the Uttar Pradesh squad in the Ranji Trophy 2022. Karn Sharma has been named as the vice-captain of the squad which included the likes of Shivam Mavi and Priyam Garg.

“I was lucky to have played Ranji Trophy before, so my aim was clear from Day One. I have to represent the senior Indian team one day. Around the time of the Under-19 World Cup, there was also an IPL auction to be held but it never hit my mind because my thought process was clear. Once I returned, it was a similar kind of buzz. The phone kept ringing, well-wishers came calling. During all this, players have to keep their priorities right.”

“For instance, even when I was picked as captain of the under-19 team, I didn’t change my schedule – my gym session, nets session, rest and sleep early. Only in my free time, did I take the phone in my hand. The day a player compromises on this routine, I feel the distraction starts, the chances of making progress go down, following the process is very important. Sleeping on time and getting up early is the key.”

“Like me, these current players will also make temporary friends, social media will attract them, agents will run behind them, the world will run behind you. My only advice to this under-19 team is to think about the long term and make the best decision from that perspective. Under-19 is the age that needs maturity, but we are very immature. So, take help from your family.”

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

“Don’t lose focus, follow the process, never compromise on your ethics. Be prepared to hear applause and brickbats, we live in a country that has billions of people. So don’t expect that everyone is your well-wisher. Now with the IPL auction coming up, everyone will want to be part of the glamorous league. It has fame, money, everything.”

“Once you play for your country, these things will come automatically. Decide an off-day where you want to do things outside cricket. Players can judge that. Under-19 could be a shortcut to playing for India but remember only work ethic, performance, and hard work will help you remain at the top. So keep working hard, even if you don’t find success in this World Cup.”

Priyam Garg played 14 games in his debut IPL season in 2020 and scored one half-century managing 133 runs in 14 games. Captain of the India U19 2020 World Cup, young Priyam Garg led the team to the finals of the tournament. Known to be a gutsy batsman springing up valuable performances in India’s U19 campaign, he was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 crores.

File photo of BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
File photo of BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty

BCCI Expected To Earn INR 130 Crores More From Tata Group Who Replaces Vivo As IPL 2022 And 2023 Title Sponsor

BCCI has brought on board Tata Group and according to the deal document, the board is expected to earn around Rs 130 crore more from the deal it had with Vivo which was supposed to run till 2023. The Tata Group has replaced Vivo as the title sponsor for IPL. Vivo has terminated its contract with two editions remaining.

The relationship between BCCI and Vivo had hit rough waters in 2020 when the latter decided to opt out of sponsoring the 2020 IPL season in the UAE. With two new IPL teams coming in and the number of matches going up, the board was slated to earn Rs 996 crore from Vivo over the next two editions.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Brought Tata Group As IPL’s Title Sponsors

Vivo had offered Rs 484 cr and Rs 512 cr instead of Rs 440 cr for the two remaining seasons. Tata has offered to pay Rs 335 crores per season as a rights fee and Vivo will have to shell out around Rs 450 cr (including assignment fee) for a smooth exit from the contract. That takes BCCI’s earnings for these two seasons to Rs 1124 cr.

The Tata Group also wants to extend the deal to a five-year contract. BCCI is supposed to invite fresh tenders for the title sponsorship for the 2024-28 cycle. However, BCCI will give Tata an option to the right to match once the fresh bidding happens in 2024. This will mean Tata will have to match the highest bid to retain IPL’s title sponsorship and it will ensure BCCI doesn’t miss out on a hefty value.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

BCCI, in the past, had a contract with DLF (IPL’s first title sponsors) which had a clause that a contract could be extended beyond five years if both parties negotiated in good faith.

“This is indeed a momentous occasion for the BCCI IPL as the Tata Group is the epitome of global Indian enterprise with an over 100 year old legacy and operations in more than 100 countries across six continents. The BCCI, like the TATA Group, is keen to promote the spirit of cricket across international borders, and the growing popularity of the IPL as a global sporting franchise bears testimony to the BCCI’s efforts.”

“We are truly happy that India’s largest and most trusted business groups have believed in the IPL growth story and together with the Tata Group, we will look to take Indian cricket and the IPL forward to greater heights,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

The salt-to-software group is likely to pay ₹300 crores per year, about 60% of what Vivo would have paid as the title sponsor of IPL for the next two seasons, a person aware of the matter said on condition of anonymity.

BCCI And Vivo Had Agreed To Pause The Deal Signed By Vivo For IPL 2020

The Tata group has replaced Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Vivo as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League 2022 and 2023. Vivo and BCCI had agreed to “pause” the ₹2,190-crore deal signed by Vivo for the 2018-2022 cycle for the 13th edition of IPL in 2020 as both, the handset maker and the board, were caught in a swirl of negative publicity following the India-China military clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley in June 2020.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

Experts said Vivo has established its name in the Indian market and that after a one-year gap in 2020, when Dream11 picked up the title rights for half the amount the Chinese firm had paid, Vivo’s top bosses also realized the company had overpaid for the rights.

As per the contract, Vivo may assign the rights to a third party but it will have to pay a 5% assignment fee. In 2019, Oppo, which was a Team India sponsor (jersey rights holder) for five years since 2017, transferred the rights to Byju’s in a similar way. Similarly, in 2016, PepsiCo had assigned IPL title rights to Vivo for the remaining two years of its original five-year deal.

England, PTI
England, PTI

England’s Pathetic Performance In Ashes May See ECB Barring Them From Playing IPL 2022

England has produced a pathetic performance in the ongoing 2021-22 Ashes series against Australia. The Joe Root-led side has already surrendered the series and is currently 0-3 down after 4 Tests concluded.

The below-par performances of the England cricketers in Ashes have now put their participation in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in jeopardy. It has been learned that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to conduct a full review into England’s defeat Down Under.

England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

England May Ban Test Cricketers From Participating In IPL 2022 After Ashes 2021/22 Defeat: Report

According to a report, director of cricket Ashley Giles would be preparing a report which will include a number of recommendations to improve the Test team’s fortunes. Baring English cricketers from taking part in the IPL would be one of the ideas.

The Indian T20 league usually lasts two months, however, this year it’s set to get longer with the introduction of two new teams namely Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The IPL 2022 is set to clash with the initial phase of England’s Test summer as the knockout stages are likely to overlap with their first Test against New Zealand in June.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

The IPL 2022 players auction is scheduled to take place in February in which a lot of England players are expected to take part. So far, only Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have been retained by their respective franchises. It has also been learned that the players participating in the IPL will be asked to cut short their time in India so that they can feature in some domestic games to prepare for the New Zealand Tests.

Michael Atherton Criticized England Cricketers For Emphasizing IPL Over International Fixtures

On the other hand, former England players have time and again criticized current players for emphasizing IPL over international fixtures. Michael Atherton, former England captain, stressed the fact that the cricketers should not miss national duties for the cash-rich T20 league.

“The leading multi-format players are paid seven-figure sums, but, incredibly, the ECB washes its hands of them for two months of the year during the Indian Premier League,” Atherton wrote in his column.

Michael Atherton Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Michael Atherton Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

“The players should be told that, while the ECB will be accommodating of the request to play in IPL, a 12-month contract is exactly that, and the granting of a no-objection certificate to play in IPL and other franchised competitions is contingent on it being in the best interests of the England team,” he added.

Also, from 2022, the Indian Premier League is set to become grander, as the Indian T20 League will be a 10-team affair. This means that there would be more matches, and the tournament might extend into June. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has decided to retain the services of all-rounder Moeen Ali, while the Rajasthan Royals (RR) have retained Jos Buttler.

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged as the champions of the 2021 edition of the IPL, and won the IPL title for the 4th time, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side in the summit clash of the tournament. A total of 27 players were retained in the retention list by the eight existing teams. Ace players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Kane Williamson have been retained by their respective teams ahead of the mega auction in 2022.

Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL 2021 final, was released by the franchise. Ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021, Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Dawid Malan (PBKS), and Chris Woakes (DC) had pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.

All three players were released by their respective franchises. Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer also were released by the franchise after they couldn’t participate in the entire season due to various injuries. Punjab Kings duo of Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid along with Delhi Capitals pacer Tom Curran are the other released players from England.

List of England players to be available for IPL 2022 auction: Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer (doubtful).

IPL trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

IPL Governing Council Meets Today To Decide Roadmap of IPL 2022

IPL governing council will meet on Tuesday to decide the further roadmap of IPL  2022, regarding the venue and auction strategy. They will also hand out the letter of intent (LOI) to new IPL franchises- Lucknow and Ahmedabad which is basically their official welcome to join other 8 other teams in the league.

Notable that CVC Capital who owned the Ahmedabad franchise had gone through some legal enquiry as the company had some connections with a betting firm in the United Kingdom. BCCI panel had reviewed the matter and given the green signal to them.

IPL Governing Council Meets Today To Decide Roadmap of IPL 2022 1

IPL auction:

As they hand out the letter of intent (LOI) to two new IPL franchises, they will be given a window to sign 3 players before the auction. There are various reports suggesting that the Ahmedabad franchise might sign Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Ishan Kishan as their 3 players while talks have been going on for the Lucknow franchise as KL Rahul is the front runner to captain them.

Both sides already announced their coach. The Lucknow franchisee who owned by the RPSG group opted for former Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower as their head coach while Ahmedabad went with former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra.

Meanwhile, the auction will likely be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)


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There will also be discussions around possible venues for the upcoming edition of IPL as 4 venues across Mumbai and Pune emerged as frontrunners to host IPL 2022. According to reports, Breourne Stadium, Wankhede Stadium, Dr DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai and Maharashtra cricket association ground in Pune might host 74 matches in IPL 2022. It will reduce the air time for players and officials so it will be easier to maintain the bio-bubble. Notable that IPL 2021 was halted midway due to a covid outbreak as the rest of the season was held in UAE in September-October 2021.

“The IPL begins only in April. By then, the third wave will come down. And moreover, even the vaccine drive will be on. So the IPL can still be hosted in India. The number of venues alone could vary,” an IPL official stated.

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Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

BCCI Looking To Conduct Entire IPL In Maharashtra – Reports

Due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, BCCI is working on ‘Plan B’ to conduct the next IPL season. If sources are to be believed, then the BCCI might organize the entire IPL season across 4 venues in Maharashtra (3 in Mumbai and 1 in Pune).

Notable that the last IPL season was halted midway due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases when it was originally scheduled to host the entire season in India but they had to move to UAE to conclude the second half in September-October. If things go according to the plan then Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, the DY Patil Stadium and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune will be the four venues for IPL 2022.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

4 Venues are shortlisted across Mumbai and Pune for IPL 2022

“On January 5, Hemang Amin (BCCI’s interim CEO and the Chief Operating Officer of the IPL) approached Vijay Patil (MCA president) in this regard, on the sidelines of the MCA’s Apex Council meeting. subsequently, a few days later, Amin and Patil met Sharad Pawar at the NCP supremo’s residence.

“Pawar has given his green signal to the BCCI’s proposal. During this week or in the next 10 days, he, the BCCI, and MCA officials will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and state chief secretary Debashish Chakrabarty to arrange for the necessary permission in this regard,” A source revealed it to Times of India.

“There should be no problem on this front, as the tournament will be played in a strict bio bubble with no crowds, and the players and officials will be tested frequently,” The source added.

Learning the lessons from the previous season, BCCI wants to eliminate air travel so that it will be easier to maintain the bio-bubble. The first half of IPL 2021 was staged across 4 venues- Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad.

“As of now, the plan is to stage the IPL in India, If however, the Maharashtra option too is ruled out in the future, then the BCCI might be forced to take the IPL to the UAE again,” a source revealed to TOI.

The BCCI is also exploring options to host the rest of the international season as West Indies and Sri Lanka are set to travel to India in February-March.

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Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Before IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Harshal Patel wasn’t retained by RCB ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction despite leading the bowling charts in the previous IPL 2021. The franchise instead decided to keep Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the team.

Retention of players ahead of mega auction remains an incredibly tough task for Indian Premier League franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) decided to keep hold of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj ahead of IPL 2022 auction, leaving out the likes of Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Was To Better Manage Their Purse

While there’s no denying that the team management had to make some tough calls, Harshal Patel has now revealed why exactly was he let go by the team. In a chat, the seamer, who recently made his international debut, said that the decision was taken by the team in order to better manage their purse, going into the auction.

“When I was not retained, Mike Hesson (RCB’s Director of Cricket) called me and said, that it was mainly purse management,” Harshal Patel said.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking of his future ambitions, the Haryana-born medium-pacer confirmed that he would love to continue his career at RCB. When it comes to other franchises, Harshal Patel also said that he hasn’t been approached by anyone in particular.

“They would obviously love to have me back in the team and I too would obviously would love to go back and play for the team because RCB and this season (2021) changed my entire career and my entire life. However, in terms of auction, I haven’t heard from any franchises yet,” he added.

Harshal Patel picked up as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, making him the highest Indian wicket-taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo. Harshal Patel was able to bag 32 wickets in just 15 IPL 2021 games at an average of 14.34, an economy of 8.14, and a strike rate of 10.56.

His best bowling figure in IPL 2021 was 5/27. Harshal Patel won the Gamechanger of the season, Most Valuable Player of the season, and Purple Cap award during his sensational run.

Harshal Patel Didn’t Get Star Struck But Admired Great Teammates Like Virat Kohli And AB de Villiers

Harshal Patel was also asked about the feeling of sharing the dressing room with greats like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at RCB. Responding to the query, the 30-year-old said that he has never been star-struck by the presence of such players, even during the early days of his carer.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It’s pretty normal, to be honest. I don’t get star-struck. Even I remember my first year in IPL, I was never star-struck.

“I just admire them for what they bring onto the field, the kind of people they are, the level of skill they have, and their ability to stand up in pressure situations and say: ‘I am going to bring the team out of this difficult situation.’ That’s what I have learned from those two guys,” he answered.

Harshal Patel is expected to be on the radar of many franchises in the upcoming mega-auction. Having ended the 2021 season as the highest wicket-taker, the Haryana lad is likely to trigger a big bidding war.

Harshal Patel won player of the match for his figures of 2/25, besides giving away just 16 runs in his last two overs in the 17th and 19th and taking the wicket of the dangerous Glenn Phillips in that period as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I. He picked 4 wickets in 2 T20Is, both coming against New Zealand but he was ignored for the South African tour with India’s regular pacers making comebacks.

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