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Player Profile(#44)…Ajantha Mendis(Sri Lanka)

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 4, 2009

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Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis (born March 11, 1985 in Moratuwa) is a cricketer who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

Mendis, although classified as slow-medium, bowls a mixture of deliveries, including googlies, off-breaks top-spinners, flippers and leg-breaks, as well as the Carrom Ball, released with a flick of his middle finger. For Sri Lanka Army in 2007-08 he averaged a mere 10.56 and took 46 wickets in six games, his strike rate a startling 31. This gained him a call-up to the full Sri Lanka squad for the Caribbean tour in April 2008.

His best bowling performance in a one-day international came in the final of the 2008 Asia Cup, where he took 6 wickets for 13 runs in just his eighth match. His 17 wickets in the tournament earned him the Man of the Series award.

Mendis made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain in 2008 and took 3 for 39. He also plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

His first Test Match was against India at Colombo on July 23, 2008 in which he returned match figures of 8-132, thereby becoming the first Sri Lankan bowler to get an eight-wicket haul on Test debut.

Ajantha Mendis won the Emerging Player of the Year award at the LG ICC Awards ceremony held in Dubai in September 2008.

His early Years:
Born on March 11, 1985, Mendis hails from a hamlet in Moratuwa. He is the third child in a family of five with an elder brother and a sister. He has had his basic education at St Anthony’s College at Kadalana in his village where there were no facilities at all for sports. He subsequently entered Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya in the year of 2000. During a cricket coaching class, Mendis’ talents were initially identified by the school coach named Mr Lucky Rogers back in the year 1998 when he was just 13 years of age. In the year 2000 he represented the school under 15 cricket team and he was selected to the first eleven team. He also deputized for the school team captain. This slow medium bowler with a variation of leg spin was adjudged the Best Bowler at the big-matches twice in 2001 and 2002.

Sri Lanka Army Cricket Committee noticed his talents when he played a cricket match against the Army under 23 Division 11 during 2003/2004 tournaments. Following this he was invited to enlist in the regular force of the Sri Lanka Army, this was particularly due to the low number of cricketers from Colombo schools joining the Army in the recent years. He enlisted, partly due to the reason that his father, the bread-winner for the family had passed away the week before due to a heart attack.

Military career:
Following basic training he played for the army team and saw active military service as a Gunner in the Sri Lanka Artillery, a regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. Following the Asia Cup final, he has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant on the 7 July 2008 and the next day again to Second Lieutenant.

Domestic cricket:
Mendis has represented the Army in 23 limited over matches and 59 two/three day matches, in which he has 38 wickets and 244 wickets respectively to his credit. Mendis bowls off spin as his stock delivery and he has few more variations in his armory- leg spin, top spin and faster bowl. All this was developed during 2006/2007 domestic seasons on his own. He also extended his purple patch in the domestic season 2007/2008 under 23 division 1 tournament and was later selected to the pool of “Academy Squad” organized by Sri Lanka Cricket. There he was able to polish his cricketing skills further. He had the opportunity of touring neighboring India on an eight-day tour in June 2007 where he was given the opportunity to play two, two-day matches. In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket selectors could not ignore his performance in the Premier Limited Over Tournament 2007/2008 and got him selected to play in the “Provincial Tournament 2008” representing “Wayamba Province” under the National Captain. In that tournament he performed exceptionally well with the ball. Local TV commentators predicted him as the ideal replacement for spin wizard Muralitharan in time to come and nick named him as “Mysterious Bowler”. His marvelous performance in the said tournament got the National Selectors to observe him further closely. In the just concluded domestic season in Premier League Tournament, he has become the Most Successful Bowler by taking 68 wickets in nine matches which is also a record in any form of domestic cricket. The accomplishments of the Gunner Ajantha Mendis hit the pot of gold by getting himself selected to “National One Day Squad” to tour West Indies in March-April 2008.

Bowling style:
The veteran West Indies cricket writer Tony Becca wrote in the Jamaica Gleaner: “Mendis bowls everything. With a smile on his face as he caresses the ball before delivering it, he bowls the offbreak, he bowls the legbreak, he bowls the googly, he bowls the flipper, he bowls a straight delivery, he bowls them with different grips and different actions, he bowls them with a different trajectory and at a different pace, and he disguises them brilliantly. The result is that he mesmerises, or bamboozles, batsmen.

Jerome Jayaratne, the Sri Lanka Cricket Academy coach, said: “Mendis is unusual, freaky and has developed a ball which he releases with a snap of his fingers, (Carrom ball), which is very unusual compared to other orthodox spin bowlers.” That ball is reminiscent of the former Australia spinner Johnny Gleeson, who had a similar delivery.

Although the ball can be made to either turn away or into a right-handed batsman, Mendis uses it to turn away from a right handed batsman, in order to contrast it with his off-breaks and googlies. The Australian test cricketer and coach Peter Philpott actually predicted the rise of a bowler such as Mendis in a book written in 1973.

“…Eventually I see the Iverson method being best employed by an orthodox off-spinner. Instead of a basic Iverson attack with occasional orthodox off-spin, there is a great future for an accurate off-spinner who produces a difficult to detect leg spinner every now and then. I could visualise such a bowler causing great concern amongst batsmen, and young off-spinners might be well rewarded for experimentation in this field…”

International career:

One day internationals
Ajantha Mendis made his One Day International debut against West Indies in at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, on 10 April, 2008. He announced his arrival on the international stage with three for 39 off 10 overs in this game, and confounded the West Indian batsmen with his range of variations without a perceptible change in his action. Rob Steen summed up the impact of this initial performance by stating “I have just seen the future of spin bowling – and his name is Ajantha Mendis.”

Ajantha Mendis, playing his eighth ODI, picked up the first six-wicket haul in the Asia Cup final against India in July 2008. His 6 for 13 is the third-best bowling performance in a tournament final, and the third-best for a spinner in ODIs. His 17 wickets is the best for an edition of the Asia Cup, and he bagged those wickets at an astounding average of 8.52. Ajantha Mendis won the man of the match award in the finals as well as the player of the tournament award for his efforts.

Test cricket:

Ajantha Mendis made his debut in Test cricket against India in at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, on 23 July, 2008. He claimed his first Test wicket in his fifth over, bowling Rahul Dravid with a delivery now christened the carrom ball, that turned from middle and hit off stump. He went on to claim the wickets of Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan & VVS Laxman to finish with figures of 4 for 72 in his maiden test bowling performance. He followed this up with 4 for 60 in India’s second inings. Ajantha Mendis’ match figures of 8 for 132 are the best by any Sri Lankan bowler on Test debut, bettering Kuruppurachchi’s 7 for 85 against Pakistan in 1985-86. After the game Muttiah Muralitharan stated that “When I started playing Test cricket, I was not as good as Mendis. He is exceptional. He is the future of Sri Lankan cricket,”. Mendis collected his first ten-wicket haul in the very next match, which Sri Lanka went on to lose. With 26 wickets (ave.18.38) in the series, Mendis has passed Alec Bedser’s world record for most wickets by a bowler on his debut in a three-Test series. Ajantha Mendis won the player of the series award for his efforts.

Twenty20 cricket:

On 10 October 2008, Ajantha Mendis made his Twenty20 debut against Zimbabwe in King City, Canada. He claimed 4 for 15 in 4 overs and won the man of the match award. In the next game he took 4 for 17 against Canada and went on to take 3 for 23 in the four-nation series final against Pakistan, helping his side to a five-wicket win. For his remarkable performance of 11 wickets for 55 in just 3 games, Ajantha Mendis was adjudged the player of the series.

ICC Awards:
On September 10, 2008, Ajantha Mendis has won the “Emerging Player of the Year” award at the ICC Awards ceremony in Dubai. Mendis was the top choice of the 25-person Voting Academy, coming in ahead of England’s up-and-coming Stuart Broad, South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel and Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma of India.

The Emerging Player of the Year Award was one of eight individual prizes given at the 2008, ICC Awards. Players eligible for this award must be under 26 years of age at the start of the voting period (August 9, 2007) and have played no more than five Test matches and/or 10 ODIs before the start of the voting period.

Links to more information on Ajantha Mendis:

  • Ajantha Mendis profile on Cricinfo.com

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    Player Profile(#40)…Chris Gayle(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 17, 2008

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    Christopher “Chris” Henry Gayle (born 21 September, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a West Indian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies and domestic cricket for Jamaica. He is a hard-hitting left-handed opening batsman who can bowl right-arm off spin when called upon. Gayle has a variety of quality shots that he can perform.

    Gayle played for the West Indies at youth international level after he made his first-class debut aged 19 for Jamaica. He played his first One Day International 11 months later, and his first Test match 6 months after that.

    Gayle, who normally opens the innings when he plays for the West Indies, is a destructive batsman who is most effective playing square of the wicket. In July 2001, Gayle (175), together with Daren Ganga (89) established the record for opening partnerships at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo when they put on 214 together against Zimbabwe.

    However, generally speaking he had a slow start to his international career, but invigorated it in 2002, ending the year with three centuries against India in November and becoming the fourth West Indian to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Along with Vivian Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya and Brian Lara he is the only player in One Day International history to have three or more scores of 150.

    In 2005, Gayle was dropped for the first Test against South Africa along with six other players following a dispute over sponsorship issues (see below). He returned for the second test but had a poor series until the fourth Test, where he made his career-best: a match-saving 317. It was the first ever triple century against South Africa and up until Mahela Jayawardene made 374, it was the highest individual Test score against them.

    In August 2005, Gayle joined Worcestershire for the rest of the English season, playing eight matches. He made two half-centuries in three first class matches and two half-centuries in five one-day matches, and won one Man of the Match award in the one-day National League. However, Worcestershire were relegated after Gayle made 1 in the final match against Lancashire.

    Gayle was named Player of the 2006 Champions Trophy, where the West Indies nearly defended the title which they won in 2004, being defeated in the final by Australia. Gayle scored three centuries and totaled 474 runs, 150 more than any other batsman, and also took eight wickets in as many matches.

    Gayle, in keeping with the rest of the West Indies team, had a poor World Cup in 2007. He recorded a series of low scores; the one exception being a blistering 79 off 58 balls against England in the West Indies’ final match.

    Gayle currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International, having scored 117 against South Africa in the World Twenty20 Championship, and, to date, is the only batsman to have hit a century in the Twenty20 format.. and he hit Ten sixes on the match… format. He is currently the only cricketer to have hit centuries in all three formats of international cricket.

    In April 2008, Gayle was auctioned by the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League, but missed the opening games due to an ongoing Sri Lanka tour to the Caribbean. When he finally joined the team, he missed out on the action due to a groin injury he picked up during that tour. Afterwards, he had to leave to join the West Indies team for a home series against Australia, thereby not playing in the inaugural version of the IPL at all.

    Controversies:
    Gayle is generally regarded as a calm and cool cricketer, but he has been involved in a few controversies.[citation needed] In 2005 Gayle was involved in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and a number of players over sponsorship issues. These players had personal sponsorship deals with Cable and Wireless, who used to sponsor West Indian cricket. However, since the West Indies had recently become sponsored by Cable and Wireless’ rivals Digicel the West Indies Cricket Board demanded the players dropped their Cable and Wireless deals. When the players refused to back down, the West Indies Cricket Board dropped them for the first Test against South Africa. Gayle later cut his deal with Cable and Wireless and rejoined the side for the second Test. In March 2006, he was charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket during a Test against New Zealand but was subsequently found not guilty. Later that year, during October’s Champions Trophy tournament in India, he was fined 30 percent of his match fee after repeated verbal exchanges with the Australian batsman Michael Clarke. He also publicly criticised the West Indies Cricket Board during the 2007 tour of England which led to an official reprimand and warning.

    Links to more information on Chris Gayle:

  • Gayle ton fails to stop S Africa
  • List of highest individual International Twenty20 innings
  • West Indies sponsor rejects plans
  • Gayle cleared of conduct charges, Fox Sports Australia, retrieved 20 January 2008
  • Gayle fined for misconduct,
  • Gayle in hot water
  • CricketArchive page on Chris Gayle
  • Cricinfo page on Chris Gayle

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Player Profile(#40)…Chris Gayle(West Indies)

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on December 16, 2008

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    Christopher “Chris” Henry Gayle (born 21 September, 1979 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a West Indian cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies and domestic cricket for Jamaica. He is a hard-hitting left-handed opening batsman who can bowl right-arm off spin when called upon. Gayle has a variety of quality shots that he can perform.

    Gayle played for the West Indies at youth international level after he made his first-class debut aged 19 for Jamaica. He played his first One Day International 11 months later, and his first Test match 6 months after that.

    Gayle, who normally opens the innings when he plays for the West Indies, is a destructive batsman who is most effective playing square of the wicket. In July 2001, Gayle (175), together with Daren Ganga (89) established the record for opening partnerships at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo when they put on 214 together against Zimbabwe.

    However, generally speaking he had a slow start to his international career, but invigorated it in 2002, ending the year with three centuries against India in November and becoming the fourth West Indian to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. Along with Vivian Richards, Sanath Jayasuriya and Brian Lara he is the only player in One Day International history to have three or more scores of 150.

    In 2005, Gayle was dropped for the first Test against South Africa along with six other players following a dispute over sponsorship issues (see below). He returned for the second test but had a poor series until the fourth Test, where he made his career-best: a match-saving 317. It was the first ever triple century against South Africa and up until Mahela Jayawardene made 374, it was the highest individual Test score against them.

    In August 2005, Gayle joined Worcestershire for the rest of the English season, playing eight matches. He made two half-centuries in three first class matches and two half-centuries in five one-day matches, and won one Man of the Match award in the one-day National League. However, Worcestershire were relegated after Gayle made 1 in the final match against Lancashire.

    Gayle was named Player of the 2006 Champions Trophy, where the West Indies nearly defended the title which they won in 2004, being defeated in the final by Australia. Gayle scored three centuries and totaled 474 runs, 150 more than any other batsman, and also took eight wickets in as many matches.

    Gayle, in keeping with the rest of the West Indies team, had a poor World Cup in 2007. He recorded a series of low scores; the one exception being a blistering 79 off 58 balls against England in the West Indies’ final match.

    Gayle currently holds the record for the highest innings in a Twenty20 International, having scored 117 against South Africa in the World Twenty20 Championship, and, to date, is the only batsman to have hit a century in the Twenty20 format.. and he hit Ten sixes on the match… format. He is currently the only cricketer to have hit centuries in all three formats of international cricket.

    In April 2008, Gayle was auctioned by the franchise Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League, but missed the opening games due to an ongoing Sri Lanka tour to the Caribbean. When he finally joined the team, he missed out on the action due to a groin injury he picked up during that tour. Afterwards, he had to leave to join the West Indies team for a home series against Australia, thereby not playing in the inaugural version of the IPL at all.

    Controversies:
    Gayle is generally regarded as a calm and cool cricketer, but he has been involved in a few controversies.[citation needed] In 2005 Gayle was involved in the dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board and a number of players over sponsorship issues. These players had personal sponsorship deals with Cable and Wireless, who used to sponsor West Indian cricket. However, since the West Indies had recently become sponsored by Cable and Wireless’ rivals Digicel the West Indies Cricket Board demanded the players dropped their Cable and Wireless deals. When the players refused to back down, the West Indies Cricket Board dropped them for the first Test against South Africa. Gayle later cut his deal with Cable and Wireless and rejoined the side for the second Test. In March 2006, he was charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket during a Test against New Zealand but was subsequently found not guilty. Later that year, during October’s Champions Trophy tournament in India, he was fined 30 percent of his match fee after repeated verbal exchanges with the Australian batsman Michael Clarke. He also publicly criticised the West Indies Cricket Board during the 2007 tour of England which led to an official reprimand and warning.

    Links to more information on Chris Gayle:

  • Gayle ton fails to stop S Africa
  • List of highest individual International Twenty20 innings
  • West Indies sponsor rejects plans
  • Gayle cleared of conduct charges, Fox Sports Australia, retrieved 20 January 2008
  • Gayle fined for misconduct,
  • Gayle in hot water
  • CricketArchive page on Chris Gayle
  • Cricinfo page on Chris Gayle

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    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Introducing…the Indian Premier League

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 30, 2008

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    The Indian Premier League (also known as the “DLF Indian Premier League” and often abbreviated as IPL), is a Twenty20 cricket competition created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and chaired by the Chairman & Commisoner IPL, BCCI Vice President Lalit Modi. The first season of the Indian Premier League commenced on 18 April 2008, and ended on 1 June 2008 with the victory of the Rajasthan Royals in the final at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

    Teams play each other two times in a round robin system, with equal number of home and away matches. The top four ranking sides will progress to the semi-finals.

    The inaugural 2008 tournament started on 18 April 2008 in Bangalore and lasted for 46 days, with 59 matches scheduled, out of which 58 took place and 1 was washed out due to rain

    Television rights and sponsorship:

    The IPL will bring the BCCI income of US$1 billion, over a period of five to ten years, reinforcing its status as the richest board in world cricket.

    All of these revenues are directed to a central pool, 40% of which will go to IPL itself, 54% to franchisees and 6% as prize money. The money will be distributed in these proportions until 2017, after which the share of IPL will be 50%, franchisees 45% and prize money 5%.

    Television rights:

    On 15 January 2008 it was announced that a consortium consisting of India’s Sony Entertainment Television network and Singapore-based World Sport Group secured the global broadcasting rights of the Indian Premier League. The record deal has a duration of ten years at a cost of US $1.026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium will pay the BCCI US $918 million for the television broadcast rights and US $108 million for the promotion of the tournament.

    20% of these proceeds would go to IPL, 8% as prize money and 72% would be distributed to the franchisees. The money would be distributed in these proportions until 2012, after which the IPL would go public and list its shares. Sony-WSG then re-sold parts of the broadcasting rights geographically to other companies.

    Rules:
    The official rules for the tournament are here. Some of the Team composition rules are:

  • Total squad strength of 16 players plus one physio and a coach.
  • No more than 8 foreign players in the squad and at most 4 in the playing XI.
  • A minimum of 4 local players must be included in each team.
  • No fewer than 4 players from the BCCI under-22 pool in each team.

    The players accorded “icon” status are: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag . The total spending cap for a franchisee in the first player auction was US $5m. Under-22 players are to be remunerated with a minimum annual salary of US $20,000 while for others it is US $50,000. Icon players are to be paid 15% more than the highest paid player in their respective teams.

    Franchises:
    The winning bidders for the eight franchises were announced on 24 January 2008. While the total base price for auction was US $400 million, the auction fetched US $723.59 million. The official list of franchise owners announced and the winning bids were as follows.

  • Mumbai Indians
    Owned by: Reliance Industries Limited (Mukesh Ambani)($111.9 million)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
    Owned by: UB group (Vijay Mallya)($111.6 million)
  • Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
    Owned by: Deccan Chronicle (T Venkatarami Reddy)($107 million)
  • Chennai Super Kings
    Owned by: India Cements (N Srinivasan)($91 million)
  • Delhi Daredevils
    Owned by: GMR Holdings (Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao)($84 million)
  • Kings XI Punjab
    Owned by: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur)($76 million)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
    Owned by: Red Chillies Entertainment (Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jai Mehta)($75.09 million)
  • Rajasthan Royals
    Owned by: Emerging Media (A.R Jha, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram)($67 million)

    Future Expansion:
    After the success of the first season, it has been reported that four new franchises will join the IPL in 2010-11, increasing the total number of teams to 12. The new confirmed franchises will be based in Ahmedabad and Kanpur, with Anil Ambani’s name associated with the ownership of the Ahmedabad franchise, and Sahara Group is touted as the possible suitors to buy the Kanpur franchise. Other cities being linked with getting a franchisee are Patna-Ranchi joined franchisee or a team from the North-East to promote the sport in the region and possibly one team from the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand. A second Mumbai or Delhi team has also been proposed for future expansion of two teams to take place in the 2012-13 season.

    Expansions- 2010-11 Season( 4 new teams)-

  • IPL Ahmedabad
  • IPL Kanpur
  • Any two from the following-

    1. A Patna-Ranchi joined franchisee 2. A team from the North-East 3. A team from the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand

    The unselected team from the 3 will be considered for the next set of expansions in the 2012-13 season.

    2012-13 Season( 2 new teams)-

  • The unselected 3rd team from above
  • Possibly a second franchisee from Delhi’s suburbs( Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, NOIDA and Greater NOIDA) and New Delhi combined
  • Possibly a second franchisee from Mumbai or a new franchisee from Pune.

    Cheerleaders:
    The IPL has been criticised by a few politicians and feminists for bringing in foreign cheerleaders, which is seen by many to not be in the traditional spirit of the game, as well as being against some Indian sensibilities. Two cheerleaders from London were asked to leave the ground at Mohali “because of the colour of their skin” by Wizcraft International Entertainment, which handles the team Kings XI Punjab. Ellesha Newton and Sherinne Anderson, both from London and of African ancestry were allegedly barred from entering the stadium by employees of Wizcraft International Entertainment on the pretext that “people don’t like dark girls here”. Both the girls also allege that an employee referred to them with the racial slur ″nigger″.

    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said a probe would be initiated by the IPL only if the two women officially complain to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

    BCCI and IPL officials are surprised that the two cheerleaders did not complain about the alleged racist behaviour while they were in India and spoke about it only after they returned to London.

    “We have not received any complaint from any cheerleaders that they were asked to leave by the Mohali-based Kings XI Punjab franchise recently because of the colour of their skin,” BCCI joint secretary M.P. Pandove said in Mohali.

    See also:

  • England – Twenty20 Cup
  • India – Indian Cricket League
  • Pakistan – Pakistan Super League
  • South Africa – Standard Bank Pro 20 Series
  • Sri Lanka – Inter-Provincial Twenty20
  • Australia – KFC Twenty20 Big Bash
  • New Zealand – State Twenty20
  • West Indies – Stanford 20/20
  • Zimbabwe – Metropolitan Bank Twenty20
  • Kenya – National Elite League Twenty20
  • Canada – Scotiabank National T20 Championship

  • Indian Premier League links:

  • Official site for Indian Premier League
  • Indian Premier League at Cricinfo
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    Introducing…the Indian Premier League

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on November 30, 2008

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    The Indian Premier League (also known as the “DLF Indian Premier League” and often abbreviated as IPL), is a Twenty20 cricket competition created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and chaired by the Chairman & Commisoner IPL, BCCI Vice President Lalit Modi. The first season of the Indian Premier League commenced on 18 April 2008, and ended on 1 June 2008 with the victory of the Rajasthan Royals in the final at the DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

    Teams play each other two times in a round robin system, with equal number of home and away matches. The top four ranking sides will progress to the semi-finals.

    The inaugural 2008 tournament started on 18 April 2008 in Bangalore and lasted for 46 days, with 59 matches scheduled, out of which 58 took place and 1 was washed out due to rain

    Television rights and sponsorship:

    The IPL will bring the BCCI income of US$1 billion, over a period of five to ten years, reinforcing its status as the richest board in world cricket.

    All of these revenues are directed to a central pool, 40% of which will go to IPL itself, 54% to franchisees and 6% as prize money. The money will be distributed in these proportions until 2017, after which the share of IPL will be 50%, franchisees 45% and prize money 5%.

    Television rights:

    On 15 January 2008 it was announced that a consortium consisting of India’s Sony Entertainment Television network and Singapore-based World Sport Group secured the global broadcasting rights of the Indian Premier League. The record deal has a duration of ten years at a cost of US $1.026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium will pay the BCCI US $918 million for the television broadcast rights and US $108 million for the promotion of the tournament.

    20% of these proceeds would go to IPL, 8% as prize money and 72% would be distributed to the franchisees. The money would be distributed in these proportions until 2012, after which the IPL would go public and list its shares. Sony-WSG then re-sold parts of the broadcasting rights geographically to other companies.

    Rules:
    The official rules for the tournament are here. Some of the Team composition rules are:

  • Total squad strength of 16 players plus one physio and a coach.
  • No more than 8 foreign players in the squad and at most 4 in the playing XI.
  • A minimum of 4 local players must be included in each team.
  • No fewer than 4 players from the BCCI under-22 pool in each team.

    The players accorded “icon” status are: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag . The total spending cap for a franchisee in the first player auction was US $5m. Under-22 players are to be remunerated with a minimum annual salary of US $20,000 while for others it is US $50,000. Icon players are to be paid 15% more than the highest paid player in their respective teams.

    Franchises:
    The winning bidders for the eight franchises were announced on 24 January 2008. While the total base price for auction was US $400 million, the auction fetched US $723.59 million. The official list of franchise owners announced and the winning bids were as follows.

  • Mumbai Indians
    Owned by: Reliance Industries Limited (Mukesh Ambani)($111.9 million)
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
    Owned by: UB group (Vijay Mallya)($111.6 million)
  • Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
    Owned by: Deccan Chronicle (T Venkatarami Reddy)($107 million)
  • Chennai Super Kings
    Owned by: India Cements (N Srinivasan)($91 million)
  • Delhi Daredevils
    Owned by: GMR Holdings (Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao)($84 million)
  • Kings XI Punjab
    Owned by: Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur)($76 million)
  • Kolkata Knight Riders
    Owned by: Red Chillies Entertainment (Shahrukh Khan, Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jai Mehta)($75.09 million)
  • Rajasthan Royals
    Owned by: Emerging Media (A.R Jha, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram)($67 million)

    Future Expansion:
    After the success of the first season, it has been reported that four new franchises will join the IPL in 2010-11, increasing the total number of teams to 12. The new confirmed franchises will be based in Ahmedabad and Kanpur, with Anil Ambani’s name associated with the ownership of the Ahmedabad franchise, and Sahara Group is touted as the possible suitors to buy the Kanpur franchise. Other cities being linked with getting a franchisee are Patna-Ranchi joined franchisee or a team from the North-East to promote the sport in the region and possibly one team from the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand. A second Mumbai or Delhi team has also been proposed for future expansion of two teams to take place in the 2012-13 season.

    Expansions- 2010-11 Season( 4 new teams)-

  • IPL Ahmedabad
  • IPL Kanpur
  • Any two from the following-

    1. A Patna-Ranchi joined franchisee 2. A team from the North-East 3. A team from the north-western states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand

    The unselected team from the 3 will be considered for the next set of expansions in the 2012-13 season.

    2012-13 Season( 2 new teams)-

  • The unselected 3rd team from above
  • Possibly a second franchisee from Delhi’s suburbs( Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, NOIDA and Greater NOIDA) and New Delhi combined
  • Possibly a second franchisee from Mumbai or a new franchisee from Pune.

    Cheerleaders:
    The IPL has been criticised by a few politicians and feminists for bringing in foreign cheerleaders, which is seen by many to not be in the traditional spirit of the game, as well as being against some Indian sensibilities. Two cheerleaders from London were asked to leave the ground at Mohali “because of the colour of their skin” by Wizcraft International Entertainment, which handles the team Kings XI Punjab. Ellesha Newton and Sherinne Anderson, both from London and of African ancestry were allegedly barred from entering the stadium by employees of Wizcraft International Entertainment on the pretext that “people don’t like dark girls here”. Both the girls also allege that an employee referred to them with the racial slur ″nigger″.

    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said a probe would be initiated by the IPL only if the two women officially complain to IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

    BCCI and IPL officials are surprised that the two cheerleaders did not complain about the alleged racist behaviour while they were in India and spoke about it only after they returned to London.

    “We have not received any complaint from any cheerleaders that they were asked to leave by the Mohali-based Kings XI Punjab franchise recently because of the colour of their skin,” BCCI joint secretary M.P. Pandove said in Mohali.

    See also:

  • England – Twenty20 Cup
  • India – Indian Cricket League
  • Pakistan – Pakistan Super League
  • South Africa – Standard Bank Pro 20 Series
  • Sri Lanka – Inter-Provincial Twenty20
  • Australia – KFC Twenty20 Big Bash
  • New Zealand – State Twenty20
  • West Indies – Stanford 20/20
  • Zimbabwe – Metropolitan Bank Twenty20
  • Kenya – National Elite League Twenty20
  • Canada – Scotiabank National T20 Championship

  • Indian Premier League links:

  • Official site for Indian Premier League
  • Indian Premier League at Cricinfo
  • Photobucket

    *Acknowledgements to Wikipedia.org and owners of pictures and videos used.

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    Brendon McCullums Record Brutal Bludgeoning

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 19, 2008

    Wow! What a magnificent innings by Brendon McCullum of the Kolkata Knightriders! He certainly put on a magnificent show full of fireworks, I’m sure the crowd had great viewing pleasure, who wouldn’t? Well not the Bangalore Royal Challengers anyway…

    McCullum bludgeoned all the bowling deliveries from Kolkata to all parts of the park, eventually scoring a record 158 n.o from 73 balls- the highest score by a single batsman ever in an Twenty20, of which was a HUGE factor in his teams 140 run rout of Bangalore. When Ricky Ponting didnt even get a start the Kiwi decided to lift his game to an extraordinary level, its a remarkable innings given that it wasn’t in a ODI or Test where he would’ve had all the time in the world to plot his attack on the bowlers. For this game the Bangalore side didn’t appear to be “Royal Challenges” at all.

    I can’t say much about the innings as when I heard it on the news I was speechless, I havn’t seen such an explosive innings before (well I can remember Nathan Astles 222 against England in a test way back in 2002) especially by a New Zealander. It was great to watch and I can see that he will be the batsman that bowlers from the opposition would love to loathe, shall he continue on more punishing innings that would make the BlitzKrieg look like a bunch of toddlers playing in a playground. Lets hope he can give many encores of his brilliant performance!

    And as I said before his innings made me speechless, and as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, I find that so true, do you? Well I wonder how many words a video would have…Here is a clip from Youtube of his record performance:

    *Acknowledgements to owner of the video (Its awesome!)

    Posted in Bangalore Royal Challengers, Brendon McCullum, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Kiwi, Kolkata Knight Riders, New Zealander, Plundered, Record Innings, twenty20 | 2 Comments »

    Brendon McCullums Record Brutal Bludgeoning

    Posted by wildkiwi25 on April 19, 2008

    Wow! What a magnificent innings by Brendon McCullum of the Kolkata Knightriders! He certainly put on a magnificent show full of fireworks, I’m sure the crowd had great viewing pleasure, who wouldn’t? Well not the Bangalore Royal Challengers anyway…

    McCullum bludgeoned all the bowling deliveries from Kolkata to all parts of the park, eventually scoring a record 158 n.o from 73 balls- the highest score by a single batsman ever in an Twenty20, of which was a HUGE factor in his teams 140 run rout of Bangalore. When Ricky Ponting didnt even get a start the Kiwi decided to lift his game to an extraordinary level, its a remarkable innings given that it wasn’t in a ODI or Test where he would’ve had all the time in the world to plot his attack on the bowlers. For this game the Bangalore side didn’t appear to be “Royal Challenges” at all.

    I can’t say much about the innings as when I heard it on the news I was speechless, I havn’t seen such an explosive innings before (well I can remember Nathan Astles 222 against England in a test way back in 2002) especially by a New Zealander. It was great to watch and I can see that he will be the batsman that bowlers from the opposition would love to loathe, shall he continue on more punishing innings that would make the BlitzKrieg look like a bunch of toddlers playing in a playground. Lets hope he can give many encores of his brilliant performance!

    And as I said before his innings made me speechless, and as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, I find that so true, do you? Well I wonder how many words a video would have…Here is a clip from Youtube of his record performance:

    *Acknowledgements to owner of the video (Its awesome!)

    Posted in Bangalore Royal Challengers, Brendon McCullum, Explosive, Indian Premier League, Kiwi, Kolkata Knight Riders, New Zealander, Plundered, Record Innings, twenty20 | 2 Comments »