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NEW DELHI: Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi has said that English cricketer Ravi Bopara not coming to India for IPL due to security apprehensions is a fictional story.
Modi said on Twitter account, “Another fictional story on Bopara by the media. I guess they have run out of stories. They should concentrate on world cup hockey instead.
Modi added, “Just spoke to Ravi Bopara – he is looking forward to coming to India. All the news about him not coming and comments are completely false.”
Earlier, there were reports that Bopara has indefinitely postponed his trip to India for IPL due to security apprehensions, saying cricket meant everything to him but “it is not worth dying for”.
Bopara, who was snapped at $450,000 by the Kings XI Punjab, was supposed to leave on Sunday to join the Mohali-based outfit for the Twenty20 tournament but the Essex cricketer backed out at the last moment, saying he was not sure if the risk was worth taking.
“Cricket is my living and in many way my life. But it is not worth dying for,” Bopara was quoted as saying by the Mail on Sunday.
Bopara was worried with Reg Dickason’s report in which the security expert raised some serious concerns.
“This is a very tricky call. I have been in touch with the franchise and they are pretty positive that things will be OK. But Reg Dickason’s report says something different.
“At the moment I’m nowhere with this decision. I’ve had some contact with other players. No one has said they are definitely not going, but no one has said they definitely are either. I have pushed back my flight so I can give myself a bit more time to see what happens and whether the security measures are implemented,” he said.
“The franchise will want an answer in the next few days, but I will not come to a hasty decision just because I have to. I need to weigh everything up and if I could buy myself even more time I would,” added Bopara.
Source : Times of India
The list of players sold in the Indian Premier League auction in Mumbai Tuesday.
Kieron Pollard (West Indies) was bought by Mumbai Indians for $750,000 (base price, $200,000).
Wayne Parnell (South Africa) was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $610,000 (base price, $200,000).
Shane Bond (New Zealand) was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $750,000 (base price, $100,000).
Kemar Roach (West Indies) was bought by Deccan Chargers for $720,000 (base price, $100,00).
Eoin Morgan (England) was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $220,000 (base price, $200,00).
Mohammad Kaif (India) was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $250,000 (base price $100,000)
Damien Martyn (Australia) was bought by Rajasthan Royals for the base price $100,000.
Thissara Perera (Sri Lanka) was bought by Chennai Super Kings for the base price$50,000.
Justin Kemp (South Africa) bought by Chennai Super Kings for the base price $100,000.
Adam Voges (Australia) bought by Rajasthan Royals for the base price $50,000.
Yusuf Abdulla (South Africa) bought by Kings XI Punjab for the base price $20,000.
Source : Hindustan Times
The Pakistan Cricket Board accused IPL commissioner Lalit Modi of betraying the PCB after none of the 11 Pakistani players got a buyer in the third IPL auction in Mumbai on Tuesday and said he will take up the matter with BCCI.
PCB chairman Ejaz Butt told reporters at the Gaddafi stadium that he was very upset with what had transpired at the players auction.
“I had several discussions with Lalit Modi on the participation of our players in the IPL this year and he had assured me they would get a chance to play in the tournament,” Butt said.
“Now we don’t understand what happened because we did everything from our side including getting government clearance to allow our players to be eligible to play in the IPL,” he said.
The PCB chief said after the auction he constantly tried to get in touch with Modi but his efforts went in vain.
“He is not answering my calls. But we will take up the matter with the Indian board,” Butt said.
Sources within the PCB said initially Butt had taken the issue very lightly but became serious about the matter when the players and some government officials contacted him to convey their disappointment at the snub.
Source : Hindustan Times
Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan continued to remain frozen as none of the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisees bid for Pakistani players in the auction. Eleven Pakistani players went under the hammer, but all remained unsold.
The IPL was considered to be a bridge in the wake of troubled diplomatic ties between the neighbouring countries. But the franchisees’ cold shrug towards Pakistani cricketers on Tuesday took Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt by surprise.
“It’s not only shocking, but disappointing as well. We were hoping that things would be all right and they had also
confirmed that most of our players would be considered. It’s disappointing for us,” Butt said.
While most franchisees blamed it on the uncertainty over the availability of the Pakistani cricketers, some said they didn’t fit into their scheme of things. “I have no doubts about Sohail Tanvir being a match-winner, but his availability was an issue,” said Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale.
“We were not convinced about their availability and that’s why we did not want to take any risk,” reiterated Shilpa Shetty, Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner.
But the PCB chief said there weren’t any visa issues with any of the 11 Pakistani cricketers and they had the clearance to travel to India. “We were given permission to travel to India from our foreign office and the ministry. All 11 Pakistani
players in the IPL auction list had their papers ready and the sports minister in India was very kind to expedite things to ensure they were not troubled. I really don’t know what went wrong, but it is hurting.”
Among the players in the auction list, left-arm seamer Tanvir was touted as a front-runner along with explosive all-rounder Shahid Afridi. Tanvir, who had represented Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural edition, was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament and was instrumental in his team’s march to victory.
On not showing any interest to get Tanvir back into their fold, Badale said: “Every team has its own strategy, and this year, we don’t need him. We are in touch with captain Shane Warne over phone and he suggested that we buy Damien Martyn. We were looking for an experienced batsman and Martyn was our first choice. Adam Voges fits our bill since he is more of an all-rounder.”
Source : Times of India
MUMBAI: The smartest-looking lady made the smartest bid to snare Kieron Pollard, the most sought-after cricketer in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) third player auction held in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon.
Nita Ambani, Mumbai Indians’ owner, walked into the bidding room at a five-star hotel here wearing a newly-designed team T-shirt. She later said she was sure of what to purchase. It is a different matter that three other teams – Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders – had walked in with similar plans. However, it was Ambani’s superior, secret, bid that prevailed.
The bidding for Pollard began at a base price of $200,000 and soon turned into a hot battle between Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Every passing bid of $10,000 saw all the four teams locked in a tie when the entire purse of $750,000 was emptied. Lalit Modi, the IPL chief, then called for the tie-breaker rule where all three franchisees concerned had to quote an amount – a silent bid which wouldn’t be revealed – and the team quoting the highest amount could buy Pollard.
The Knight Riders were the first to back off at this stage, leaving the other three to slug it out. Ambani wrote an amount slightly higher than Rs 6.5 crore (approximately $1.75m) which saw her pip rivals N Srinivasan (Chennai Super Kings) and Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers). The idea, it seemed, was to keep in mind that the Kings and the Challengers would be missing out on the services of their costliest players this season – Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen – and so they would utilize that money to buy another player.
Mumbai Indians may have caught a whiff of it (considering that Chennai and Bangalore would have to pay Flintoff and KP only 10% of their cost price of $1.5m) and thus quoted a figure slightly higher than $1.5m. Pollard was theirs.
“The team strategy, discussed between Sachin Tendulkar, TA Sekar and Robin Singh was that we wanted a batting allrounder and we are happy to have him,” Nita Ambani said after the successful bid.
Pollard technically emerged the costliest player of the IPL, as the money spent on him totals up to a mindboggling $1.75m. Ironically, according to the auction rules, the Trinindadian will only get $750,000. The rest of the amount ($1.55m) will go into the IPL kitty.
Following the sale of Pollard, there was another equally intense bidding for Shane Bond in the second round. The New Zealand pacer attracted three teams and all were tied till they expended their entire amount. Bond’s latest CV update, that he doesn’t play Tests for New Zealand any more, made him a more viable option because of his availability. This saw his value rise from a floor price of $100,000 to the price cap of $750,000 after which Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers submitted their respective ‘silent bids’.
Eventually, Bond went to the Knight Riders, who quoted an approximate amount of $1m to net him. They had, in fact, entered the bidding at $640,000 first-up and shown enough inclination to buy the fast bowler.
“From what we have understood he won’t be playing Tests anymore but only ODIs and Twenty20. Yes, he is prone to injuries but his coach said he is in good shape. We wanted a fast bowler and he provides us that,” Jai Mehta, co-owner, Knight Riders, said after the bid.
Two other notable signings were South African Wayne Parnell, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $610,000 and West Indian Kemar Roach, who went to Deccan Chargers for $750,000. In both instances, the franchisees which ‘won out’ had to go through gruelling bidding.
Source : Times of India
NEW DELHI: At a time when the BCCI is desperately trying to save Ferozeshah Kotla from an International Cricket Council (ICC) ban over last month’s ODI fiasco due to an ‘unfit’ pitch, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has sounded a warning to all venues across the country – please prepare ‘fit’ pitches for the Twenty20 event or face the music.
According to sources, in an email written to all members of the governing council on Sunday, IPL chairman Lalit Modi has suggested that if any IPL match was abandoned due to ‘unfit’ conditions, the erring venue should be banned for 12 to 18 months. He also wants BCCI to tell the ICC to ban those venues from hosting international matches for the above period.
The suggestion has, expectedly, not amused BCCI’s mandarins who think that Modi is trying to poke his nose in matters which don’t directly concern him.
“Modi is not the ultimate decision-maker in the board and the timing of such an email is not appropriate as BCCI is fighting a case for Kotla,” a top BCCI official told TOI.
Meanwhile, sources informed that the BCCI has already advised all hosting associations to prepare “sporting pitches” for the India-South Africa series, which will be played just before the IPL. Therefore, there was no need for Modi to up the ante, the BCCI felt.
Modi also stated in the email that the IPL was fully “committed” to Kotla hosting matches, but that it had to be “deemed fit”. Sources said that to make sure the Kotla was ready, Modi has suggested three practice matches – either T20 or 50-over friendlies – to be played at the venue in the presence of at least one BCCI technical committee member.
Modi then wants these matches to be recorded and studied by technical committee members Sunil Gavaskar, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Ravi Shastri. Based on their recommendations, the IPL would then decide on the fate of Kotla. IPL will take a call on Kotla around February 15.
The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) didn’t sound too worried. “We are ready to host friendlies as and when required,” a DDCA official said.
Source : Times of India