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IPL 2021 Auction: RCB set to do heavy lifting, CSK look to find stop-gap arrangements

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New Delhi [India], February 17 (ANI): The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would be kicking off in April this year, but with just two months left for the premier T20 tournament to start, all eight franchises will be looking to plug the gaps at the mini-auction on Thursday in Chennai.
The “mini-auction” this year would see 292 players going under the hammer and all these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. However, all the teams do not sit on the same boat and some of the franchises can take it easy in this auction after retaining most of their lineup from the 2020 IPL. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations will be up for grabs in the mini-auction.
Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket. 12 players are on the auction list with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of Rs 1 crore.
On the eve of the auction, a look at all the eight franchises and how they are lined up.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli, the side has 35.4 crores available and they have 11 slots that can be filled in this auction. From these 11, 3 can be overseas players. Before the auction, the side decided to let go of the likes of Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Aaron Finch and now the side would be looking to add some quality foreign stars to their lineup. The side can look to rope in Glenn Maxwell to lend solidarity to the middle order and the franchise will also be able to have some firepower after AB de Villiers.
The side may also have a look at Shakib Al Hasan in order to have a quality all-rounder and looking at the Indian pitches, a spinning all-rounder may just be the need of the hour. Among the Indian players, the franchise may look to rope in the likes of Kedar Jadhav or Arjun Tendulkar to lend more solidarity to the lower-order. The side had managed to reach the playoffs of IPL 2020, but it lost the Eliminator clash against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
The MS Dhoni-led side has been one of the most consistent franchises in the history of IPL, but the 2020 edition of the tournament was a season to forget for the CSK camp as the team failed to reach the playoffs for the very first time. The experienced players in the likes of Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir have shown their class, but the last edition saw age catching up with these stars, and the tag of “Dad’s Army” started to weigh in.
The franchise has released Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, and Piyush Chawla from their squad. Heading into the auction, the side has a fund of 19.9 crore and it can look to add six more players to their squad. This is the one franchise that will look to add more of the Indian stars as the franchise can afford to buy just one overseas player in the auction. England’s Dawid Malan may be the one overseas star that this franchise goes after in order to give solidarity to the top-order.
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP is all set to go big in this auction as they have the biggest purse of Rs 53.20 crore. Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, and Jimmy Neesham have all been shown the exit door and after RCB, this franchise will look to rope in high-profile overseas stars. Aaron Finch or Alex Hales maybe the ones this side goes after to add some firepower to their top-order after KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Finch or Hales can also serve as a backup to Chris Gayle if the Windies batter gets injured in the 2021 edition.
With Maxwell being shown the door, KXIP will look for an overseas player in the middle order and this vacancy may be filled by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Australia’s Steve Smith may also be picked by this franchise and he may also serve as a good fiddle to skipper KL Rahul. In terms of spinners, the franchise may look to rope in Harbhajan to add some experience and the off-spinner may work wonders with coach Anil Kumble and rookie spinner Ravi Bishnoi.
In terms of pacers, KXIP may look to buy Jhye Richardson or Mark Wood to give some respite to Mohammed Shami. Along with Shami, Arshdeep Singh is set to feature in the playing XI so the side will look to add an overseas star who can play all 14 matches and give some solidarity to the pace attack.
Rajasthan Royals
Before the auction, the side made the biggest possible release as they let go of Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson was announced as the skipper. The franchise also released the likes of Oshane Thomas and Tom Curran and as a result, the side would enter the auction with a salary cap of Rs 34.85 crore and they can add a maximum of eight players to their squad among which three can be overseas players.
As Smith has been released, the team would look to rope in a gun middle-order batsman and this franchise may also go all out for the likes of Dawid Malan or Glenn Maxwell. In a surprise move, the side can also go after Marnus Labuschagne to add some solidarity to their middle order.
Talking about bowlers, the side has a spin bowling department covered with the likes of Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, and Mayank Markande. Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes are some high-profile names in terms of pacers, but the side may just play a gamble and try to rope in Tim Southee to add more firepower to the bowling scheme of things.
Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, SunRisers Hyderabad, and Kolkata Knight Riders
All these four franchises have retained most of the squad that featured in IPL 2020 and they can take it easy in the upcoming edition. All these four franchises may just look to add good quality Indian players to their side as overseas recruits are taken care of already.
In terms of overseas players, these four franchises know who will start in the playing XI, so these teams may just look to add some backups if something happens to their first-choice playing XI. (ANI)

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BCCI looking to arrange charter flights for Aus contingent from Maldives or SL, says Hockley

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With the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League postponed, Cricket Australia’s interim Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley has said that every arrangement is being made to repatriate the Australian contingent as soon as possible. Hockley went on to add that Sri Lanka and Maldives are the two places that have been zeroed in on for the Australian contingent to move to from India before they return home since direct flights from India to Australia have been stopped with an eye on the second COVID-19 wave.

“We’re working on arrangements to repatriate all the players, the support staff, umpires, commentators as quickly and as safely as possible. What we’re working to do and what the BCCI are working to do, and they’ve been incredibly cooperative, is working to move the entire cohort out of India.

“So the BCCI has been working on a range of options. That’s now narrowed down to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The BCCI are working through the final details of that at the moment and we expect that movement will happen in the next two to three days,” he told reporters on Wednesday. Hockley went on to praise the BCCI and the Indian board’s effort to get the Australian players back to their homes. “I would say the BCCI have been absolutely fantastic. So they’re committed to not only the first movement to either the Maldives or Sri Lanka but they’re also then committed to putting on a charter to bring them back to Australia,” he said.

Asked if Cricket Australia regrets letting the players go for this year’s IPL, Hockley said: “No, I don’t think so. I mean, our hearts go out to everyone in India. Clearly, I mean, I think the IPL, you know, they put so much work, so much effort into putting on the tournament. They obviously did that on the best-available information at the time and they’ve come to the decision over the last 24 hours that it’s in everyone’s — well, in the interests of the health and safety of everyone to suspend the tournament indefinitely. “At the moment — I was on the phone to my counterpart less than an hour ago and I can’t speak more highly for how the BCCI but also all of the franchises have worked to look after our players and put in plans to make sure that they get home safely and as quickly as possible.”Asked if Hockley thinks there’ll be animosity if the players get to fly home in a charter, he said: “The BCCI are putting in place the best-possible arrangements.

We’re not seeking any kind of special exemptions whatsoever. We will — any kind of quarantine arrangements would be over and above the cap. So our main priority is we would work with the Australian Government and the relevant state governments to make sure that we’re not taking spaces of anyone else that’s available. “So, you know, certainly that’s what we’re committed to do. I’d also add to that, that the last 12 months around the globe, we’ve seen all professional athletes travel differently and charter flights maybe two years ago would have seen a different type of commentary than what we would see today. The reality is we’re going to try to keep them as safe as possible and if that’s available to it, I don’t think we should shy away from that.”

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Virat Kohli holds on to his fifth spot in latest ICC Test rankings

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India captain Virat Kohli has held on to his fifth spot in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.In the rankings which got updated on Wednesday, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne on Wednesday closed in on a top-10 spot after a successful second Test against Bangladesh in Kandy which his side won by 209 runs to clinch the two-match series 1-0. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is currently at the top of the rankings. Karunaratne struck 118 and 66 in the second Test, moving up four slots to 11th position in the list led by Williamson.

Karunaratne’s career-best ranking is sixth, attained in August 2019. He is the top-ranked Test batsman from Sri Lanka with Angelo Mathews next in the list in 24th position.

Niroshan Dickwella (up to four places to 31st), Oshada Fernando (up to 10 places to 58th) and Lahiru Thirimanne (up to 13 places to 60th) are the other Sri Lanka batsmen to advance while left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama’s player of the match haul of 11 for 178, the best figures by a Sri Lankan on Test debut, sees him enter the rankings in 48th position.Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s knocks of 92 and 24 have helped him gain three places to reach 27th position while Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Mominul Haque have inched up a slot each to reach 21st and 30th positions, respectively, in the latest rankings. Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali’s haul of nine for 89 in the first Test against Zimbabwe in Harare not only won him the player of the match award for starring in the innings victory but also enabled him to gain 15 slots and reach a career-best 20th position among bowlers. Left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (up to 31st) and left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (up to 12 places to 54th) have also advanced in the list for bowlers while left-handed batsman Fawad Alam continues his fine run, moving up 31 places to a career-best 47th position after scoring 140, his fourth century in 10 Test matches. Abid Ali is up six places to 78th position. For Zimbabwe, Regis Chakabva has gained two slots to reach 97th position while fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani has progressed 26 slots to reach 55th position with figures of four for 73.

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8 OF THE 11 ENGLISH PLAYERS BACK IN THE UK, IN HOTEL QUARANTINE

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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that eight of the 11 English players who were playing in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League have returned home after the season was postponed on Tuesday.Speaking to ANI, Danny Reuben — head of team communication for England cricket team — confirmed that while 8 players are back in the UK, the remaining three players are set to leave India in the next 48 hours. “I can confirm that 8 of the 11 England players in India managed to get on a flight to Heathrow last night and have landed this morning.

They will now quarantine in government approved hotels. The remaining three – Jordan, Malan, Morgan – should leave India within the next 48 hours,” he said. Jonny Bairstow (SunRisers Hyderabad), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Tom Curran (Delhi Capitals), Sam Billings (Delhi Capitals), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings) and Jason Roy (SunRisers Hyderabad) are the eight players who arrived in the UK on Wednesday, reported Sky Sports. These eight players will now have to quarantine in government-approved hotels for 10 days, as the UK had listed India as a ‘red list’ country. The remaining three England players in India are — Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, and Eoin Morgan. Over the course of the last two days, two KKR players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19. CSK’s bowling coach L Balaji, batting coach Mike Hussey and one bus cleaner also tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, SRH’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra also tested positive for the virus and these cases and the safety of those involved in the league saw the BCCI put an end to the ongoing season of the IPL. The Indian Premier League Governing Council (GC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, in an emergency meeting unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect. The BCCI also said that it will do everything in its power to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021. The BCCI also thanked all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners, and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.

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After a long suffering wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, the massive number of daily cases of deaths and constant struggle for oxygen, hospital beds and medicines are affecting everybody’s life. The Sports events have resumed across the world and exciting time ahead with Tokyo Olympics is set to begin on July 23rd, 2021.

Market in Olympic Games in the middle of a pandemic

International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Olympic organizers are to unveil a new plan of campaign. However, the sports industry will never be the same again.  The Olympic Games are most effective and lucrative international marketing platforms in the world reaching billions of people over 200 nations and territories throughout the world.

Construction of all latest and new permanent venues for deferred Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic 2021 has been completed last year. Only Japan says that it will go ahead with preparations for the Tokyo games as planned. But an unexpected dangerous googly in this case of the COVID virus can derail its usual work without wasting time or resources.

Resistance to Olympics in Tokyo, Japan is still running high with 70 to 80 percent in expressing strong disapproval of Olympics mega-events in recent polls. Now more tests, no quarantine is in updated rules.

Modern Olympics was canceled four times. The Cancellation of the Olympics will cost Japan more than $ 12.6 billion. A year`s postponement now means the addition of billions to keep facilities for sports in specified shapes till the games commence.

A serious challenge is to ensure that much-awaited games do not become international super spreader events. Tokyo can not host guests and crazy spectators as planned earlier. The run risk of sports fans catching physical and mental health as a casualty of coronavirus pandemic and event being suspended midway to attacks. Olympics is large in scale and intensity of strong desire of participation by top athletes, officials, crazy spectators and journalists from all over the world is very high.

(The Writer is a former Associate Professor and consultant of Limca Book of Records. Views are his personal) 

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IPL 2021 suspended indefinitely: BCCI to HC

BCCI on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the decision has been taken to suspend the 14th edition of the IPL indefinitely amid the rising COVID-19 cases.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the decision has been taken to suspend the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) indefinitely amid the rising COVID-19 cases.The submission came on Wednesday during the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which sought enquiry as to why the IPL was being prioritised over public health. After taking notes of the submission made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing the BCCI, the bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh adjourned the matter for May 19, as none from the petitioner’s side appeared in the matter. The plea was filed by advocate Karan Singh Thukral and social activist Inder Mohan Singh. Thukral is a practicing advocate and presently suffering from COVID-19 and has been distressed to see the state of affairs in the city and the complete failure of the medical system.

In the plea filed through advocates HS Thukral and Kapil Kumar, petitioners urged to issue direction to the respondents to hold an enquiry as to why the IPL was being prioritised over public health. It had also sought to stop the matches to an immediate effect. “Issue a Writ of Mandamus or any other appropriate writ, order or direction directing the Respondent(s) to held an enquiry as to why the IPL is being prioritized over the public health,” the plea said. The petitioners requested the high court to put a stay over the conduct of upcoming IPL matches in Delhi. “Although point no 10 of Delhi government notification dated April 19 clearly states that lockdown is exceptional to any Stadium organising national and international level matches with no in attendance spectators, there is an urgent need to prioritise the public health over these matches, “ they said. The petitioners added that it is a mockery of the emotions of those common people who are constantly struggling for beds and space for cremating their loved ones. They said that the government has hurt the sentiments of the citizens by prioritising entertainment over the lives of innocents showcasing a poor play of authority and responsibility.

The petitioner said that the state through its careless acts has shown itself as an insensitive and capitalist figure losing every inch of public confidence over it. The government has very conveniently turned a blind eye on the whole situation showcasing a completely reckless and insensitive approach towards dealing with the pandemic, it added. IPL 2021 was suspended on Tuesday following several positive Covid-19 cases across franchises. In a statement, the IPL said the decision was “unanimously” taken by the tournament’s Governing Council and the BCCI. “The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” the statement said. “This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.” “These are difficult times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” it added. The statement also said the BCCI would do “do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021”.

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IPL postponed, BCCI to arrange for safe passage for all participants

The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and other participants involved in organising IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of the stakeholders in mind.Earlier in the day, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said that keeping an
eye on the current COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone
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PUNE: The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, in an emergency meeting unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect.

The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff, and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health, and well-being of all the stakeholders in mind. “These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” the BCCI said in an official statement. The BCCI also said that it will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

The BCCI also thanked all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners, and all the service providers who have tried their best to organise IPL 2021 even in these extremely difficult times.

Earlier, BCCI’s vice-president Rajeev Shukla had confirmed the development to ANI. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” he said.

However, is keen to tap the September window before the T20 World Cup to finish the league. Speaking to ANI, a senior BCCI official in the know of developments said that if the COVID-19 situation is under control in September, the 14th edition of the league can be completed.

“Why not? If the foreign players are available and the COVID-19 situation is in control, we can definitely look at that window before the T20 WC. It can in fact act as a good preparation ground for the showpiece event,” the official said

The T20 World Cup is set to be played in India in October and November.

Asked about the situation with regards to the return of the foreign players who were part of the league, the official said: “As mentioned by BCCI earlier as well, it shall be ensured that all the players reach home safely. Planning is on and a clear picture will be out by tomorrow on their travel routes.”

Earlier in the day, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said that keeping an eye on the current COVID-19 situation, the BCCI and IPL Governing Council decided to postpone the league.

“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved,” he told ANI.

SunRisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday morning after there were COVID-19 cases in two franchises on Monday. While two of the members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent tested positive, two Kolkata Knight Riders players tested positive — Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — forcing the BCCI to postpone the KKR-RCB game in Ahmedabad.

With Saha testing positive, the game on Tuesday evening between SRH and defending champions Mumbai Indians also needed to be postponed.

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