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Not Two But BCCI Planning To Add One More Franchise In IPL: Reports
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Not Two But BCCI Planning To Add One More Franchise In IPL: Reports

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in December, had decided to add two more franchises in the Indian Premier League from the 2022 edition. But as per reports, the decision has been reconsidered and as of now, the Indian board is looking to introduce one franchise. There have been several reasons behind the move.

BCCI decided to maintain the quality of the tournament:

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The primary reason has been the introduction of only one team will allow the BCCI to get better value for the 10th team in the near future. It’s because simultaneous bids have the potential to cap the value in the current market condition.

Also, the addition of two teams will force the Indian cricket board to overhaul the whole structure of the tournament, this will lead to negotiations with the other stakeholders. A nine-team IPL also means 74 games which the BCCI reckons is more feasible.

“All said, it’s a well-thought move. The BCCI will clearly benefit in the short and long run because it’ll derive better value from the 10th franchise in the future, doesn’t really disturb the ecosystem, for now, buys them more time to put their own house in order,” industry executive was quoted as saying.

“The idea is also to maintain the quality of the tournament, which means ensuring quality cricketers are available to make for a 10-team pool. Now, is that the case? The ecosystem can only expand in line with talent and manpower. That balance has to exist,” the ones privy to the development was quoted by local media as saying.

IPL 2021 auction likely to be on Feb 11:

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Meanwhile, according to ESPNCricinfo, the 2021 IPL auction is likely to be held on February 11. The IPL has also set January 20 as the deadline for the eight franchises to submit the lists of retained and released players.

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IPL 2021 Auction To Be On February 11: Reports

Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council, after the virtual meeting on Monday, has decided to organise the auction for the 14th edition of the cash-rich league (IPL 2021) on February 11. But the venue for holding the auction hasn’t been finalised either.

Apart from this, the other important decision taken is that the eight franchises have to submit the lists of retained and released players before the set deadline that is January 20.

The IPL 2021 auction will take place in the short break between the first and the second Test of the India-England Test series which begins in February.

IPL 2021 venues are yet to be decided:

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The outbreak of the new coronavirus strain has made the future more uncertain although India has so far no major hotspot.

According to ESPNCricinfo, The IPL governing council had discussed the various options for the venue considering the pandemic throwing up several challenges regularly. But it is understood that they have also retained the UAE, who organised the last edition, as one of the options.

The other option which has been discussed is rather than conducting matches on a home-and-away basis, they might opt to organize the tournament at few venues which would entail minimal travel for teams.

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With venues being unconfirmed, the franchise might find it hard to retain or release players because the conditions also play a big role in building a team.

And a franchise like Chennai Super Kings, who needs a full makeover after a disappointing 13th edition of the league, the IPL 2021 auction is important.

Talking about purse value, like every year the IPL is likely to enhance the auction purse by INR 3 crore. Incidentally, the CSK has the smalled purse, having left just 0.15 crore in the purse after the last year’s auction. Currently, Kings XI, Punjab has the largest balance of INR 16.5 crore.

Pravin Amre Appointed Ricky Pointing's Deputy In Delhi Capitals
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Pravin Amre Appointed Ricky Pointing’s Deputy For Delhi Capitals In IPL

Former Indian cricketer Pravin Amre has returned to Delhi Capitals’ team management but this time in a higher position. He had earlier served as the Head Talent Scout of the franchise between 2014-2019. But he is making comeback as the team’s assistant coach for the upcoming two seasons.

With Delhi Capitals’ already having a big name in their coaching staff led by Ricky Pointing, Pravin Amre’s addition has made the last season runner up’s team management a lot stronger. Former India players like Mohammed Kaif and Vijay Dahiya too are part of the management.

Pravin Amre assistant coach of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021:

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Pravin Amre, who is also the personal mentor of the current stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, expressed that he was grateful for coming back on Delhi Capital’s board.

“I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for having me on board. With the team having reached its very first IPL final in 2020, this is certainly an exciting time to be back there. I look forward to working with Ricky again, and all the players,” Amre said on his appointment.

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Pravin Amre coaching Ajinkya Rahane, who last year joined Delhi Capitals. (PTI photo)

“Ours is a team with an Indian core, and that thought process applies to our coaching staff as well. Few coaches know the domestic cricket scene in India as thoroughly as Amre does.

“He has been instrumental in getting the likes of Shreyas, Rishabh and Prithvi to our franchise, and his experience will once again be extremely valuable for us. We are delighted to have him on board,” DC CEO Dhiraj Malhotra said, on the latest development.

Pravin Amre, who played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India, has had a prolific run in domestic cricket as a player and coach. He coached Mumbai to three Ranji Trophy titles.

Not Two But BCCI Planning To Add One More Franchise In IPL: Reports
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BCCI To Discuss About Adding Two More Teams In IPL’s Next Edition

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to include two more teams in the coming Indian Premier League (IPL) edition which the total number of teams will become 10 next year. In the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 24, the board will discuss the expansion of the cash-rich league.

The addition of the teams will help the Indian board to make it up for the loss because of the COVID-19. But the BCCI will have to plan a lot before considering the expansion because the next edition of the IPL is only four months away.

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The Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, which lost out in the bidding war during the 2011 expansion, is known to have expressed interest again, with the hope of making the newly renovated Motera Stadium (which boasts of seating 110,000 spectators) their home. So have the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, which ran the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise for two years (2016-17).

“I would be surprised if the valuation of the new franchise, whenever it comes on board, is anything less than Rs 300-400 crores per year,” said a former BCCI official, familiar with the ongoing developments.

BCCI to discuss having 10 teams in IPL’s next addition:

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In the 2011 edition, 10 teams featured in the cash-rich league, but they could not survive for long. Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors were added to the roster after their owners agreed to pay Rs 170 crore and Rs 150 crore per year, respectively. But Kochi was terminated after their only season in 2011 and Pune lasted until 2013.

The inclusion of teams will also mean the league will take more days from the calendar for its competition which might also affect the international schedule. According to the source, BCCI would use its good term to ask for more days off for the overseas players.

“It would mean finding more days at the cost of international cricket. BCCI will try and use it’s good relations with ICC member boards,” said a BCCI source.

Meanwhile, the IPL 2020 ended in early November after Mumbai Indians lifted the title. The league had to go through several difficulties in the coronavirus halted year.

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IPL 2020 Was On The Verge Of Cancellation Following Novak Djokovic Testing COVID-19 Positive

Organising the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was not an easy task for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Players’ health was also at stake because of the increasing COVID-19, but the Indian board managed to end the cash-rich league on a successful note.

As coronavirus cases in India were peaking day by day, BCCI had to join hands with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for holding the 13th edition of the league. United Arab Emirates (UAE) had, earlier, successfully arranged some part of IPL 2014 but it was the first time, the entire league was shifted in the UAE. Also, with new norms introduced, there was the hullabaloo about how the Indian board will arrange it outside India.

Arun Dhumal reveals how BCCI was considering to cancel IPL 2020:

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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal recently revealed that the IPL 2020 was on the verge of cancellation after tennis superstar Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19.

The news of him being positive for coronavirus had put BCCI in a dilemma whether to put the health of their player at risk. Dhumal opened up they were mulling over whether to go ahead with IPL 2020 or not.

“After that report (about Djokovic testing positive) came in, we were in two minds. Many people told us to not go ahead with it (IPL). What if something happens to a player? The IPL would go on for almost three months. However, Jay said we should go ahead, he was more confident than all of us,” Dhumal was quoted as saying by Indian Express, as he recalled his conversation with BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Franchise To Get IPL 2021 Auction Update In December: BCCI
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However, the IPL 2020 was staged from September 19 to November 10 without any major hiccups as top cricketers from around the globe plied their trade in the cash-rich league. Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy after beating Delhi Capitals.

Although the audience was not present in the stadium, this season recorded the most number of viewership. And it also helped in boosting the financial problem of BCCI.

I Will Try To Make My Case Stronger For A National Call-up: Suryakumar Yadav
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I Will Try To Make My Case Stronger For A National Call-up: Suryakumar Yadav

Having a fantastic domestic season 2019-20, then scoring about 480 runs in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, was not enough for Suryakumar Yadav to earn the call from the national team. The Mumbaikar was left when the national selector announced the squad for the Australia tour.

Suryakumar opened up he was hoping to be in the squad following his impressive stint in the 13th edition of the cash-rich league. But after not seeing his name on the list, he revealed that he could not overcome dejection and was unable to train that day. He expressed to the Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma that he was disappointed.

“Frankly, I was expecting to be selected this time. I was a bit disappointed when I found my name missing. I couldn’t even train that day and it was difficult to take my mind off from that dejection. Even Rohit asked me if I was disappointed and I told him I was,” Suraykumar Yadav said in an interview with Mumbai Indians. 

I Will Try To Make My Case Stronger For A National Call-up: Suryakumar Yadav

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Suryakumar Yadav, however, has gulped that grief and is ready to prove to everyone that it was wrong to not select him. He reckons that he would again score big in domestic games and IPLs so that this time national selectors could not ignore him.

But never mind. I will wait for my chances. There is a lot of time to show my cricket abilities and make my case stronger for a national call-up. I hope I can score big in domestic games and then do well in the next IPL to catch the attention of the selectors,” he added. 

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In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20, Suryakumar Yadav was the third-highest run-getting, scoring 392 runs in 11 matches at the strike rate of 168.97. He was the fourth-highest scorer for Mumbai in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019-20. Indeed, he is a great cricketer and opportunities might knock him next year.

JJasprit Bumrah Has An Air Of Confidence About His Own Game: Shane Bond
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Jasprit Bumrah Has An Air Of Confidence About His Own Game: Shane Bond

Shane Bond, who has shared the Jasprit Burmah for a long during the stint with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, is full of praise of the Indian fast bowler. He didn’t even mince his word to tag Bumrah as the best bowler in the world.

Jasprit Bumrah was the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians and the second-highest wicket-taker of the IPL 2020.

Former Kiwi pacer was in no doubt to mark Bumrah as the best bowler. He even added that he was a gun.

“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun,” Bond was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald about Bumrah.

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Shane Bond reckons that the fact that he has excelled with his unorthodox action is one of the factors that make Bumrah special.

“He hadn’t played yet and people say: ‘Will he be any good?’ There was a lot of talk about his action and that he will get injured and this sort of stuff. He is certainly unorthodox in the way his actions looks. He has a short delivery stride but he has got a strong, braced front leg, he has a supple wrist and, obviously, bowls fast and can move the ball around and is very, very skilled,” Bond said.

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The quality of Bumrah which impressed the former speedster is his confidence. He stated that he has not met any other player like Bumrah, who immensely believes in his game.

“He has also got that very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players that don’t have that. With him, it’s definitely not like that. He has an air of confidence about his own game,” Shane Bond said.

Last year, Jasprit Bumrah became the fastest Indian pacer to 50 Test wickets.

Rohit Sharma Responds To If He Can Lift Trophy With Any IPL Team Other Than MI
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Rohit Sharma On Whether He Can Lift A Trophy With Any IPL Team Other Than MI

Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to lift the fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) title after winning the 13th edition of the league. With this, he has become the most successful captain of the cash-rich league. But many have raised questions about whether Rohit Sharma could grab the trophy if he would have captained any other team.

Rohit has now responded to all such talks and doesn’t seem to be pleased with it at all. In the interview with Outlook, he said that there was no reason for him to think if he could win the IPL while leading any other team. Moreover, the 33-year-old also cleared that he and the franchise are going hand-in-hand in terms of planning.

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“Lot of people, I hear say that can he (Rohit) do it with other teams? Firstly, why shall I need to do it with other teams? There is a certain way this franchise wants to go and same direction I want to go as well, both as a player and leader,” he was quoted as saying by Outlook.

Mumbai Indians doesn’t believe in chopping and changing: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma added that Mumbai Indians backs their players and support them unlike other franchise, who believe in making instant changes.

“Did this team become good overnight? No. It’s just that this franchise doesn’t believe in chopping and changing. And every player, including Rohit Sharma, was available (2011) at auctions. Just that MI picked and believed in building a team,” Rohit Sharma further added.

Mumbai Indians were stand out during the whole tournament, beating every franchise one time. Moreover, they had beaten Delhi Capitals, the second-best franchise in the season, three times before defeating them in the grand finale to clinch the IPL 2020 trophy.

Mumbai Indians had the well-settled team with Rohit Sharma leading them with his astute captaincy.

Michael Vaughan Reckons Glenn Maxwell Will Be On High Demand In IPL Auction
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Glenn Maxwell Reacts To Virender Sehwag’s “10 Crore Cheerleader” Remark After His Poor IPL 2020

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had bought Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for INR 10.75 Crore last year, but he didn’t pay back with his performance in the 13th edition of the tournament. He ended up with the poor figures- averaging 15.42 and a strike rate of 101.88 in 13 matches.

Reviewing his performance in one of his Facebook video, Virender Sehwag said that Glenn Maxwell was a “10 crore cheerleader” on a “highly-paid vacation”.

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In the recent interview, Maxwell stated that he was not bothered with Sehwag’s comment as he has been used to get such remarks from him.

“It’s ok. Viri is pretty outspoken with his dislike of me, and that’s fine. He’s allowed to say whatever he likes. He’s in the media for such statements, so that’s fine. I deal with that and move on, and take it with a grain of salt with Sehwag. I think I’m better equipped with dealing with those sorts of things now,” Maxwell said.

Speaking about his own performance in IPL 2020, Glenn Maxwell admitted that he was not up to scratch, but it was a good learning period for him.

“I think in hindsight it was a pretty good time to go through something like that where I was able to put some groundwork in to deal with adversity. This year has certainly been a massive test of it.

Glenn Maxwell on his failure to hit a six at the IPL this year:

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As he also didn’t hit a six during the two-month-long tournament, Maxwell was amazed himself even though he has been two times awarded for hitting most sixes twice in the tournament in past seasons.

“I was an inch short in one of the games,” he said with a laugh.

“All I thought was, ’Geez I should have gone to the gym a few more times before this game’.

“Having won the most sixes twice in that tournament, it’s pretty rare to go through a whole tournament without hitting one.

Meanwhile, he is set to play the limited-overs leg, comprising of three-match ODI and T20I series, against India starting from November 27.

Chris Gayle Demonstrated That He Should Play Every Game Next Season: KXIP Owner
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Chris Gayle Demonstrated That He Should Play Every Game Next Season: KXIP Owner

The towering power-hitter Chirs Gayle turned the table for Kings XI Punjab after his inclusion in the playing XI. He brought back luck to bring the franchise alive in the competition and almost took them close to the playoff race. Seeing the impact the Universe Boss manifested, KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia believes that Gayle should play the next season from the very first game.

Chris Gayle missed the first few matches because he was serving a quarantine period. He was then benched for a couple of other matches because the team had found a perfect opening combination in the form of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.

But KXIP struggled to convert the result in their favour, which led to the demand for Chris Gayle’s return. KXIP, however, further delayed his comeback stating the Windies was suffering from a stomach infection. Finally, he entered the field in the eight-match of the Punjab. The hard-hitter managed to make a huge impact, scoring 288 runs, including 3 fifties, in just 7 matches.

Chris Gayle should start from the game on in IPL 2021: Ness Wadia

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On Chirs Gayle not included at early in the setup, Ness Wadia said that the team management decision was best for the team. But he admitted that the Windies with his demonstration in the recently concluded season, he has shown that he should be in the team combination from the very start.

“The team management did what it thought was best for the team. It is important to back experienced players and Gayle has demonstrated that he should play every game next season,” said the co-owner to PTI.

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The 41-year-old Chirs Gayle, whose retirement speculation started since the World Cup 2019, has defied all the age calculation to fit to play the game of cricket. He is still not ready to end his cricket career.

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