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BCCI enter into Guinness Book of World Records for largest attendance at a T20 match during IPL 2022 final
The Indian Express | 4 days ago | |
The Indian Express
4 days ago | |

The Board for Control of Cricket in India on Sunday announced that they had entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest attendance during a T20 match. A feat they achieved during the final of the 2022 Indian Premier League final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.A proud moment for everyone as India creates the Guinness World Record. This one is for all our fans for their unmatched passion and unwavering support. Congratulations to @GCAMotera and @IPL pic.twitter.com/PPhalj4yjI— BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2022BCCI secratary Jay Shah took to Twitter to share details of the same, “Extremely delighted & proud to receive the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance at a T20 match when 101,566 people witnessed the epic @IPL final at @GCAMotera‘s magnificent Narendra Modi Stadium on 29 May 2022. A big thanks to our fans for making this possible! @BCCI.”Inaugurated in February 2021, the newly refurbished Motera venue hosted the second qualifier as well as the final of the 15th season of IPL in May this year.The stadium, constructed in 1982, earlier had a seating capacity of housing 49,000 fans. Since 2021, the venue has also hosted 10 international matches across formats, including two Test matches against England, one of which was also only the second pink ball Test played in India.With the 2023 World Cup in India next year, the venue is likely to be favorite to host the final.

BCCI enter into Guinness Book of World Records for largest attendance at a T20 match during IPL 2022 final
Five teams in Women’s IPL with 22 matches to be played: BCCI
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to introduce the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL) from next year.In its circular sent before its annual general body meeting to be held in Mumbai on October 18, the BCCI said with the rise in popularity of women’s cricket in the country – mainly due to prominent performances by the Indian Senior Cricket team on the world stage by qualifying for semi-finals in 2018 T20 World Cup and finals in 2020 T20 World Cup and securing silver medal in the recently held Commonwealth Games – the board now intends to conduct the Women’s IPL on similar lines of the Indian Premier League.League Stage topped ✅Semi-Final won ✅#AsiaCup2022 Final, here we come 👏 👏#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/o9dSUjCsdQ— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 13, 2022The Indian team most recently made a brave march into the finals of the Commonwealth Games T20 tournament, defeating England along the way, and attracted full-houses at Edgbaston. They eventually lost to Australia, but remained one of the most popular teams in the competition with Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and pacer Renuka Singh getting the crowds to root for the team.The board felt that the other factors helping in the popularity of women’s cricket were three successful editions of Women’s T20 Challenge by BCCI and the participation of Indian players in WBBL and The Hundred.In a circular accessed by The Indian Express, the Indian board has decided to have five teams for this WIPL.“To have a good balance of domestic & international players and to have competitive teams, it has been tentatively decided to have five teams for WIPL. Each team can comprise maximum of eighteen players where no team can have more than six overseas players. Further, no more than five overseas players – four from Full Members of the ICC and one from the Associate Members of the ICC – can be part of the playing XI of each team,” the notice reads.Non IPL venues an optionThe BCCI has thrown open two options of selling the team in WIPL.“Non IPL Venues: Unlike IPL where teams represent a particular city, in WIPL teams can be sold zone wise and matches to take place at non-IPL venues,” the circular reads.In non IPL venues BCCI has kept five zones. North: Dharamshala / Jammu, West: Pune / Rajkot. Central: Indore / Raipur / Nagpur. East: Ranchi / Cuttack. South: Kochi / Vizag and North-east: Guwahati.The second option is to hold matches at IPL venues with Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata proposed.The notice further adds, “Each team to play with the other twice during the season. Team finishing at the top of the table after the end of league matches will directly go into the finals, while team finishing second and third will play the eliminator after the end of the regular season. Winner of eliminator will qualify for finals.”There will be 22 games played in WIPL which comprises of 20 league games, one eliminator followed by the final.The BCCI is eyeing a March window post ICC Women’s T20 World 2023 which is scheduled to be held in South Africa from February 9-26.“Like IPL, it will be a challenge to play in home-away format in WIPL, as with five to six teams it is not possible to have a match every day. It is suggested that the tournament can be played in caravan style where after finishing ten matches at one venue, next ten matches to be played at next venue. Therefore, ten matches each to be played across two venues in 2023 WIPL season, ten each in the next two venues in 2024 season and for 2025 season, ten matches in remaining one venue and remaining ten in one of the venues from 2023 season,” the circular concludes.

Five teams in Women’s IPL with 22 matches to be played: BCCI
Sourav Ganguly out of BCCI after declining IPL chairman post; BCCI won’t back him for ICC chairman’s post
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

FORMER INDIA captain Sourav Ganguly is about to become a former BCCI president and unlikely to be the cricket board’s choice for the post of ICC chairman, either — even as secretary Jay Shah is expected to continue with his “team” set to be take charge of key positions, The Indian Express has learnt.Roger Binny, a member of 1983 World Cup-winning team and Karnataka Cricket Association president, is set to become the new BCCI chief “unopposed”.In fact, the BCCI election next Tuesday is expected to be a formality since none of the office-bearers’ posts had more than one nomination on the first day of filing the papers. With Wednesday being the last day for filing nominations, those in the know say the new BCCI power panel has already been decided and a consensus reached after several rounds of talks over the past month.During the first tenure of Shah, who represents the Gujarat Cricket Association, Ahmedabad had virtually become the headquarters of Indian cricket with all major events hosted at the new Narendra Modi stadium in Motera.With the unassuming Binny replacing the charismatic Ganguly at the top, Shah is expected to be the face of India’s cricket administration. The influence wielded by Shah, who is the son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, is reflected in the new board team.“Roger Binny has filed the nomination for the president’s post, myself for the vice-president’s post, Jay Shah for secretary, Ashish Shelar for treasurer and Devajit Saikia has filed the nomination for the joint secretary’s post,” BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla, who is the only official besides Shah who is expected to retain his post, told reporters.Shelar, a BJP MLA, is the party’s Mumbai president and chief whip. He will replace Arun Dhumal, the brother of Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, as treasurer. Dhumal, it is learnt, will be IPL chairman. Saika is a close aide of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.“Arun Dhumal will head the IPL governing council. As of now, these are the nominations and all are unopposed,” said Shukla, who is the lone Congress representative among the new BCCI decision-makers.On an eventful day at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai, Ganguly’s future was the talking point. It’s learnt that he was offered the post of IPL chairman. However, sources said, he conveyed that he wasn’t interested, focusing instead on becoming the ICC chairman or continuing as BCCI president. Both didn’t happen. And Dhumal became the consensus candidate for the post of IPL chairman.Binny is expected to replace Ganguly as BCCI president on October 18 when the BCCI holds its annual general body meeting in Mumbai. The soft-spoken all-rounder and president-in-waiting was a member of the senior selection committee when Sandeep Patil was the chairman. Incidentally, Binny is known to have recused himself from selection meetings whenever his son Stuart’s inclusion in the team was discussed.

Sourav Ganguly out of BCCI after declining IPL chairman post; BCCI won’t back him for ICC chairman’s post
IPL to return to its old home and away format in 2023, confirms Sourav Ganguly
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will return to its original, pre-COVID-19, home-and-away format from the 2023 season, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has conveyed to the Board’s affiliated state units.The IPL has been held at only a few venues since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 as the lucrative league unfolded behind close doors across three venues in UAE — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.In 2021 too, the tournament was held across four venues — Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Chennai.However, with the pandemic under control, the cash-rich league will return to its old format in which each team plays one home and one away match.“The next season of men’s IPL will also go back to the home and away format with all ten teams playing their home matches at their designated venues,” read a Ganguly’s note to state units.The note gave them a “snapshot” of the ongoing domestic season.The BCCI is conducting a full-fledged domestic season for the first time since 2020 and all multi-day tournaments will also return to the traditional home and away format.Expecting Women’s IPL to to start early next yearThe BCCI is also working to host the inaugural edition of the much-anticipated Women’s IPL early next year.PTI had last month reported that the tournament is likely to take place in March after the Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa.“The BCCI is currently working on the much-awaited Women’s IPL. We are expecting to start the first season early next year,” Ganguly wrote in the letter dated September 20.The Women’s IPL is expected to raise the standard of women’s cricket in India.Besides the the Women’s IPL, the BCCI is also launching a girls under-15 ODI tournament.“We are glad to introduce a girls U15 One Day tournament from this season. Women’s cricket has seen phenomenal growth across the world and our national team has been performing well. This new tournament will create a pathway for our young girls to play at the national and international level,” Ganguly wrote.The inaugural women’s under-15 event will be played from December 26 to January 12 across five venues — Bangalore, Ranchi, Rajkot, Indore, Raipur, Pune.

IPL to return to its old home and away format in 2023, confirms Sourav Ganguly
Sri Lanka stun India
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

#DubaiDefending champions India went perilously close to elimination after a six-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in their super four stage match of the Asia Cup here on Tuesday.The result left the Men in Blue at the mercy of the other teams to have a chance of making it to the final. It also meant that India skipper Rohit Sharma’s scintillating 41-ball 72 went in vain, as the islanders completed a chase of 174 with a ball to spare. Needing 21 in 12 balls, Sri Lanka scored 14 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, almost sealing it in their favour.India will be out of the tournament if Pakistan beat Afghanistan on Wednesday.Chasing what looked like a par score at the innings break, the Sri Lankans were off to a blazing start with openers Kusal Mendis (57 off 37 balls) and Pathum Nissanka (52 off 37 balls) putting on 91 runs at a brisk rate. The fifty was up in the sixth over with both batters regularly finding the gaps and the boundaries with consummate ease, putting tremendous pressure on the Indian bowling attack that looked clueless against the positive approach adopted by the two Lankan batters.However, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had other ideas as he struck twice in the 12th over to put the brakes on Sri Lanka’s march.Ravichandran Ashwin sent back Danushka Gunathilaka (1) to leave Sri Lanka in a spot of bother at 110 for three in the 14th over.In the first ball of the next over, Sri Lanka suffered a body blow as Chahal got the big wicket of Mendis, who was trapped lbw in front of the wicket.But Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka and (33 not out) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25 not out) remained till the end to complete the task for their team with a match-winning, fifth-wicket partnership of 64 runs.Earlier, Rohit led by example with his fine knock. Rohit blazed away after India lost two early wickets, hitting five fours and four sixes during his entertaining knock. He was well supported by Suryakumar Yadav (34 off 29 balls) during a stand of 97 runs for the third wicket.Brief Scores:India: 173 for 8 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 72, Suryakumar Yadav 34; Dilshan Madushanka 3/24, Chamika Karunaratne 2/27, Dasun Shanaka 2/26). Sri Lanka: 174 for 4 in 19.5 overs (Kusal Mendis 57, Pathum Nissanka 52, Dasun Shanaka 33 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/34)Suresh Raina retires from all formats of cricketIndian cricketer Suresh Raina has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket, which effectively means he will no longer play in the IPL, as the 35-year-old had already ended his international cricket in 2020 , hours after MS Dhoni decided to call it a day.Reports suggest that Raina’s decision to retire “from all formats of cricket” is a move to open avenues for him to play in tournaments such as the Road Safety Series and the mushrooming overseas T20 leagues.Raina, who played 13 seasons of the IPL, scored more than 5,000 runs in the lucrative league while winning four titles with Chennai Super Kings.In a tweet, Raina wrote, “It has been an absolute honour to represent my country & state UP. I would like to announce my retirement from all formats of cricket.I would like to thank @BCCI, @UPCACricket, @ChennaiIPL, @ShuklaRajiv sir & all my fans for their support and unwavering faith in my abilities.” IANS

Sri Lanka stun India
IPL telecast will have multiple streams, viewers can choose personalised camera angle to watch game
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

IPL telecast on OTT from the next season will have multiple video streams and viewers can choose which camera angle they want to watch the match. Streaming will be via ultra-high definition. Vaicom 18 had acquired the IPL digital rights earlier this year. Akash Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Jio Infocomm gave details of how the roll out of 5G services will make the IPL broadcast interactive at the Reliance Industries Annual General Body Meeting on Monday.“Let’s take a look at how we might watch an interactive live Mumbai Indians match in the very near future with JioAirFiber on a large screen, instead of the traditional broadcast experience. The big difference you can see is that because of Giga-bit speeds of JioAirFiber, we can now deliver not just one video stream, but multiple video streams, showing multiple camera angles at the same time, and that too in ultra-high definition. And we can dynamically choose which camera angle we want to focus on, while still having a preview of other video streams. This makes every game truly immersive, even better than the real-match experience, as well as personalised to suit preferences of each and every viewer,” Akash said at the AGM.Using 5G services fans can also create what Akash called a ‘watch party’ via video calls.“You can even have a watch party with your friends through live video calls, no matter where they are in India, almost as if you are watching a match sitting together in a stadium,” Akash added.During the sale of the IPL media rights in June, Viacom18/ Reliance, picked up Packages B and C, will pay the Board of Control for Cricket in India Rs 23,758 crore — B covers digital rights for the Indian subcontinent and C a special bouquet of 18 matches per season with non-exclusive digital rights for the same region.Disney-Star bagged Package A – TV rights for the Indian subcontinent – for Rs 23,575 crore.The fourth edition of the Indian Over-the-Top (OTT) Platforms Report 2021 (post-pandemic consumption), published by MICA Ahmedabad this year, showed that digital subscriptions grew by 49 per cent. Consumption was highest among viewers aged 15-34 — an age-group that caters to the IPL’s die-hard fan base.

IPL telecast will have multiple streams, viewers can choose personalised camera angle to watch game
Ball stuck in helmet, is that a catch? 3 out of 140 clear BCCI umpires’ test
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

🔴 What will you do if the shadow of a pavilion, tree or fielder starts falling on the pitch and the batsman complains?🔴 You are satisfied that a player has a genuine injury on the index finger of his bowling hand and removing the tape will result in bleeding. Will you still ask him to remove the protective tape while bowling?🔴 The striker hits a fair delivery, which lodges in the helmet of the short-leg fielder. Because of the impact, the helmet comes off the fielder’s head and the ball is still stuck in the helmet. The helmet falls…and the fielder catches it before it falls on the ground. On appeal, what is your decision?These are samples of the 37 mind-twisting questions that candidates had to crack to clear the Indian cricket board’s level-2 exam for umpires, which was held last month in Ahmedabad. Clearing the exam makes them eligible to officiate women’s and junior matches categorised as Group D — the first step in the making of an Elite BCCI umpire who can stand in international games.Only three of the 140 aspirants made the cut.The cut-off was 90 marks out of 200 (100 for the written test, 35 for viva and video, and 30 for the physical). It was for the first time since the pandemic that the board included physical tests, keeping up with the increasing physical demands of umpiring. The video test included match footage and questions on umpiring in specific situations.Most performed well in practicals but the written test was a hurdle too tall for them.A BCCI official told The Indian Express that the bar was set high to ensure that only the best qualified and progressed through the system. “Umpiring is a tough job. Only those who have the passion for it can really excel. The candidates sent by state associations weren’t upto the mark. They need to have this knowledge if they want to do the board’s games,” he said.Now consider the answers to those three questions:🔴 The shadow of the pavilion or tree should be disregarded. Fielders should be asked to remain stationary, otherwise the umpire should call a dead ball.🔴 Bowler needs to remove the bandage if he wants to bowl.🔴 The correct decision is “Not Out”.According to the board official, the focus of the exam was not merely on laws and bylaws but about interpretation and implementation in a live-game situation, on testing practical reasoning rather than theoretical knowledge.The exam is part of the board’s measures to raise the standard of Indian umpires after repeated complaints of their poor quality in the domestic circuit. The IPL last year was replete with howlers from Indian umpires, who faced heavy criticism from former players.“What is happening with the umpiring @IPL, it’s quite pathetic and small bad decisions lead to big outcomes! Wake up and put some people who actually can be a ref!” wrote former India captain and opener Kris Srikkanth on Twitter.None of those decisions was as glaring as an lbw decision involving Virat Kohli off Dewald Brevis’ bowling in a high-octane game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. The ball seemed to hit Kohli’s bat and pad simultaneously but the on-field umpire gave him out. Kohli sought DRS but the third umpire stood with his colleague’s decision, much to the player’s ire.A day after the match, the RCB Twitter handle posted the relevant MCC law: “If the ball makes contact with the striker’s person and bat simultaneously, this shall be considered as the ball having first touched the bat.”BCCI old hand and former game development manager Ratnakar Shetty says there needs to be a system in place.“BCCI must restart educational programmes for budding umpires in each state association. In 2006, the BCCI had identified a group of retired first class umpires and trained them to be educators. We used to depute two educators to each state unit, other than Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu where regular umpire coaching happens,” Shetty said.“The state units had to select 30 candidates and an eight-day course was conducted followed by theory and practical exams. Those who passed these exams were selected for level-2. Unfortunately, in the last two-three years, nothing much has happened due to Covid. I am sure the BCCI will take steps to train future umpires,” he said.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxLast month, the board came up with a grading system for umpires — from A-plus to D, similar to the contract system for players. Although India is the foremost cricketing force in the world, it has not churned out quality umpires proportionate to population, popularity or board power.Nitin Menon, who is on the current panel and is officiating the ongoing England vs South Africa Test, was just the third Indian in the group after Srinivasa Venkataraghavan and Sundaram Ravi. The board is now serious about producing more Indian umpires of international class — as the mind-twisting level-2 exam showed.

Ball stuck in helmet, is that a catch? 3 out of 140 clear BCCI umpires’ test
Taylor’s tell-all
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago | |

#HAMILTONFormer New Zealand batter Ross Taylor (in pic) has said in his autobiography that he was ‘slapped’ by one of the owners of the Rajasthan Royals franchise three or four times during the 2011 IPL season.In his new autobiography titled ‘Ross Taylor: Black & White’, Taylor revealed the incident took place following a 48-run defeat for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in Mohali.“The chase was 195, I was lbw for a duck and we didn’t get close. Afterwards, the team, support staff and management were in the bar on the top floor of the hotel. Liz Hurley was there with Warnie (Shane Warne). One of the Royals owners said to me, ‘Ross, we didn’t pay you a million dollars to get a duck’ and slapped me across the face three or four times.“He was laughing and they weren’t hard slaps but I’m not sure that it was entirely play-acting. Under the circumstances I wasn’t going to make an issue of it, but I couldn’t imagine it happening in many professional sporting environments,” wrote Taylor in his book, of which an extract was published on stuff.co.nz.There has been no comment yet from Rajasthan Royals on Taylor’s revelations. After spending the first three seasons of the IPL at Royal Challengers Bangalore, Taylor was acquired by Rajasthan Royals for USD 1 million at the player auction ahead of the 2011 season.In the book, Taylor wrote that he wished he had stayed with Bangalore as he spent just one season with Rajasthan before moving to Delhi Daredevils in 2012 season and subsequently, Pune Warriors India.“While it was amazing to go for a million dollars, in the long run I would’ve been better off if RCB had got me for USD 950,000. If they had, it would have been my fourth year with them. While the IPL is pretty unsentimental, there is loyalty towards long-serving players and I probably would have had a longer IPL career as a one-franchise player. On the other hand, if I’d stayed at RCB, I wouldn’t have played with greats such as Virender Sehwag, Shane Warne, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh.”After making 149 runs in four matches for Bangalore in the inaugural season, Taylor made 280 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 134.61 in the 2009 IPL season, where Bangalore were runners-up. In the 2010 season, he made just 88 runs in seven matches in what was his final season with the franchise.“When you fetch that sort of money, you’re desperately keen to prove that you’re worth it. And those who are paying you that sort of money have high expectations,” he said. IANS

Taylor’s tell-all
IPL to have dedicated window of 2.5 months
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

#DUBAIThe lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to have its dedicated two and half month window every year in the next Future Tours Programme (FTP) calendar of the ICC as very little international cricket has been scheduled during that period over the four years.As per a near-final draft of the ICC’s latest FTP for men’s cricket, the international cricket due to be played by the 12 Full Members between May 2023 and April 2027, is built primarily on two cycles of the World Test Championship (WTC), a host of ICC events and plenty of bilateral white-ball cricket. However, the unmarked gaps in the calendar are a noticeable thing.PCB protests moveEvery year, the period from the last week of March to the first week of June is an all-but-formalised window for the IPL. It has had a near-official window in the calendar for several years but the latest draft has a two-week extension, which confirms BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s revelation, which he made last month, an online report said.After a highly successful IPL media rights deal, Shah had said that IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate in the league and for that BCCI has had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC.Following the BCCI secretary’s comment, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja had said that they are feeling “short-changed” by IPL getting a two-and-a-half-month window in ICC FTP and will raise the issue and challenge the development at the ICC AGM.Notably, the IPL doesn’t allow Pakistan players to take part except in the first season of the league in 2008, due to poor political relations.It has been now learned that PCB is unlikely to get any support from other members as they are in agreement with Shah’s proposal of IPL having an extended window. IANS

IPL to have dedicated window of 2.5 months
Gujarat: Fake ‘IPL’ organizers planned matches for a year
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Never in the history of cricket would a tournament have lasted for more than three months, but the fake 'IPL' of Molipur could have gone on for an entire year had the scam not been busted by Mehsana police this month. The league organizers had leased farmland from a villager for a year for Rs 70,000 to orchestrate the fake matches. Sources in the police and Molipur village confirmed that though the fake 'IPL' was busted on July 7, the "chief organizer" Shoeb Davda had planned to keep the tournament running for a year as instructed by Efimov, the Russian mastermind. "When Davda returned from Russia with the plan to organize the fake cricket league, he first located a farm that belonged to one Ghulam Masi. Dawda signed a pact with Masi and got the farm on a one-year lease for Rs 70,000," said a villager of Molipur. The sources said that Davda used to work at a shop that repaired and sold electronic goods. "In 2020, he had taken a loan to build a cattle shed for 17 buffaloes that he had bought to venture into the dairy business. The plan, however, flopped. He then went to Meerut and later to Delhi where he met the people involved in running a fake cricket league to bait foreign punters," said a source in Molipur. After meeting Efimov and his aides in Moscow - Asif Mohamed from Pakistan and Ashok Chaudhary - he decided to work for them, and organized the fake IPL in Molipur. "When he returned to Molipur from Moscow, Davda approached Masi and offered a deal he could not refuse. Masi cultivated seasonal crops that fetched him not more than Rs 50,000 and even that depended on the rainfall. But when Davda offered him Rs 70,000 for a year, he gladly accepted it and rented out his farm," the source said. An officer of Mehsana police said the accused wanted to keep running the fake league for as long as they could. "Since Russians did not know much about cricket league, the accused wanted to continue playing the matches for a year," said a police officer. The fake IPL had started in June, three weeks after the real IPL concluded on May 29.

Gujarat: Fake ‘IPL’ organizers planned matches for a year
Key conspirator in fake IPL tourney case nabbed
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 months ago | |

In a major breakthrough in the fake IPL tournament case, Mehsana police nabbed Rishabh Jain from Gwalior in MP, believed to be one of the key conspirators in conducting the matches in Molipur village of Mehsana to to take bets from punters from abroad. Jain was picked up in Gwalior on Sunday morning and brought to Mehsana later in the day.Inspector Bhaveshsinh Rathod ofMehsana SOG told Mirror that investigation had revealed that Ashok Choudhary of Meerut, the mastermind of the tournaments held across the country, had transferred Rs 2 lakh in Rishabh Jain’s bank account. - Choudhary now lives in Russia. “We have arrested Jain as he is an accused in the Molipur case,” Rathod said.Earlier, Rishabh was arrested by Hapur police of UP for one such tournament. “He is out on bail in that case. We got a tip off that he is in Gwalior and dispatched a team to get him,” PI Rathod said.The accused in the case, Ashok Choudhary, Asif Mohammed and Majid Chacha of Pakistan, and an individual named Efimov, a native of Russia, had conspired to cheat people by holding such tournaments in towns and villages in the country. At the instance of Choudhary, an academy was opened in Meerut where people who wanted to organise cricket matches and earn quick money were trained on how to run them and stream live on YouTube. Accused arrested earlier by Mehsana had also participated in the training.On July 7, Molipur police had busted the fake IPL racket being run with matches held in a field owned by one Ghulam Masi of Molipur. “They were streaming the tournament live on a YouTube channel by the name of Cric-Heroes and taking bets on it. They had also arranged for players and umpires, who were instructed by the accused to give particular kind of decisions. We had then arrested Soeb Abdul Majid of Molipur, Safi Mohammed of Meerut and currently living in Molipur, Kolu alias Mohammed Abubakar and Sadik Abdul Majid, who used to act as an umpire in the fake tournament,” said Rathod.Police sources said that the organisers of the tournaments used to manipulate the matches, starting from players on the field to the scoreboard, which was adjusted on the app keeping bookies profit in mind. Police said the accused had also planned to hold tournaments in other sports such as volleyball.

Key conspirator in fake IPL tourney case nabbed
Man who trained farmers for fake ‘IPL’ played in Russia
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The fake ‘IPL’ held in Molipur village had one genuine player who chose to remain behind the scenes and orchestrate the fake matches, reveals the probe by the Mehsana Police. Shoeb Davda, the main accused, used to play for cricket clubs in Russia before he decided to join hands with Efimov, the Russian mastermind, and execute the con caper in India. Davda remained behind the scenes, training the farmers masquerading as players in postures and techniques of the game. Police sources told TOI that Davda had undergone cricket training at an academy in Meerut before leaving for Russia eight months ago. When he returned to Molipur, he chose the players and umpires and trained them in soft skills and the nitty-gritty of the game. He would also give them a pep talk before every match. An officer of Mehsana Police said, “Shoeb was into betting and gambling in the village before he shifted to Meerut in March last year. There he enrolled in a cricket coaching academy run by Ashok Chaudhary. He aspired to become a cricketer but chucked the plan and got into betting again.” The officer said that he had gone to Russia on Chaudhary’s invitation in October last year where he played for cricket clubs. “When he was playing there, he met Asif Mohammed and a Russian named Efimov. They sent him to India so they could hold fake IPL-like cricket matches and bait Russian punters,” the officer said. Acting on Efimov’s instructions, Mohammed, Chaudhary and Davda organized teams and matches in Molipur. “Davda took just one day to pick the players who were promised Rs 400 per match. But since they were farmers and not cricketers, they needed to be trained so that they looked like genuine players on camera. Before each game, Davda would train them and the ‘umpires’,” the officer said. He taught them to wield the bat, to ball, and to greet players like professional cricketers, said the officer. A team of Mehsana Police have reached Meerut in UP on Thursday where a similar fake cricket league was held.

Man who trained farmers for fake ‘IPL’ played in Russia
Fake IPLs at 4 venues, mastermind a Russian
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD : The probe into the fake IPL matches has revealed that it was a Russian who had made the pitch for the con caper while the Indians back home were merely taking his orders to scam Russian punters. Till now, it was believed that Asif Mohammed and Ashok Chaudhary had orchestrated the scam. However, it now turns out that the mastermind is a Russian citizen who goes by the name “Efimov”, police said. “A scrutiny of Telegram chats of the accused has revealed that Efimov is the mastermind. Asif and Ashok were working for him, and they planned the fake IPL in Molipur and other places. Asif is a Pakistani citizen while Ashok is an Indian,” a Mehsana police official said. Times ViewCops must be watchful of such criminal enterprises and nip them in the bud, lest they spread like a cancer and bring the entire game into disrepute. It is also the duty of every conscientious cricket fan to bring such fake leagues to the notice of authorities.Besides, the fake IPL-like league, which accepted bets on a Telegram channel, was played not only in Molipur and Meerut but also in Pune and Jalandhar, police said. Another officer said that besides Efimov and his Indian aides, two Russians and three Pakistanis were also involved in the scam. The probe began after the Mehsana police special operations group (SOG) caught four people in Molipur on Friday. On Tuesday, a similar racket was busted by Hapur police in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Mehsana SOG sources said that the gang focused on organising matches consistently to keep the money com- ing in from Russian punters who frequent pubs in Tver, Voronezh and Moscow. “Shoeb Davda, one of the accused caught from Molipur, had lived in Russia for eight months. He had returned to India recently. Asif and Ashok had instructed him to organise a T20 tournament to accept bets. It is he who suggested that the matches be held in Molipur,” said a police officer. “They held at least 20 matches in Meerut. In case of any suspicion that their match venue was under the scanner, they would leave and pick another. Some matches were also played in Pune and Jalandhar. We are investigating them,” the officer added. The matches were streamed live on a YouTube channel and a mobile app. Davda had readied 21 farm labourers, promising them Rs 400 per match in the league in Molipur. They even did umpiring, flaunting a few walkie-talkies in front of five HD cameras. Crowd sound effects downloaded from the internet added to the effect. And the organisers were audacious enough to begin the fake matches three weeks after the real IPL concluded.

Fake IPLs at 4 venues, mastermind a Russian
Hardik is the most matured captain from the younger lot, feels Aakash Chopra
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 months ago | |

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has said that Hardik Pandya is the most matured captain, as the all-rounder gears up for his first tour as skipper.Hardik has been in some sensational form both with the bat and ball and was the highest run-getter for Gujarat Titans in the recently-concluded IPL.BCCI has named Pandya as the captain of the Indian side for Ireland T20Is as it picked a 17-member squad on Wednesday.All-rounder Pandya will lead the side during the tour while pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be his deputy. Team India will play two T20Is in Dublin on June 26 and June 28.”Rise and rise of Hardik Pandya. Even though he’s captained only one season…I feel that he’s the most matured captain amongst the younger lot of contenders. Here’s wishing him all the very best for the first assignment for Team India,” Aakash Chopra said exclusively on the Koo app.Meanwhile, batter Rahul Tripathi, who represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022 has earned his maiden national side call-up.Batters Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson will also make a return to the side.India’s T20I squad: Hardik Pandya (captain), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

Hardik is the most matured captain from the younger lot, feels Aakash Chopra
IPL media rights: BCCI hits jackpot
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months ago | |

THE THREE-DAY e-auction of media rights for the IPL’s 2023-2027 cycle has fetched the BCCI Rs 48,390 crore, with Disney-Star bagging TV rights for the Indian subcontinent and Viacom18/ Reliance sweeping the digital segment.The bidding was done on a per-game basis, which means the rights holders will collectively pay the cricket board Rs 118.02 crore per match for the next five-year cycle. Currently, there are 74 matches in every IPL season, and the number is likely to go up. Over a five-year period, the total number is going to be 410.Disney-Star bagged Package A – TV rights for the Indian subcontinent – for Rs 23,575 crore.Since its inception, the IPL has been synonymous with growth & today is a red-letter day for India Cricket, with Brand IPLtouching a new high with e-auction resulting in INR 48,390 cr value. IPL is now the 2nd most valued sporting league in the world in terms of permatch value!— Jay Shah (@JayShah) June 14, 2022Viacom18/ Reliance, which picked up Packages B and C, will pay the board Rs 23,758 crore — B covers digital rights for the Indian subcontinent and C a special bouquet of 18 matches per season with non-exclusive digital rights for the same region.Viacom18 and Times shared Package D — world rights for TV and digital — for Rs 1,057 crore. To put these numbers in perspective, Star India had won the IPL media rights for the 2018-2022 cycle with a composite bid of Rs 16,347.5 crore that included both TV and digital, paying Rs 54.5 crore per match.This time, the IPL media rights value saw a three-fold increase with digital turning out to be the key component. After setting the combined base price at Rs 32,890 crore, the BCCI expected a windfall in excess of Rs 45,000 crore — and it wasn’t off the mark. Doing away with composite bids, with an eye on higher bids in the digital segment, marked the highlight of its business strategy.“India has seen a digital revolution & the sector has endless potential. The digital landscape has changed the way cricket is watched. It has been a big factor in the growth of the game & the Digital India vision,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted after the e-auction.The fourth edition of the Indian Over-the-Top (OTT) Platforms Report 2021 (post-pandemic consumption), published by MICA Ahmedabad this year, showed that digital subscriptions grew by 49 per cent. Consumption was highest among viewers aged 15-34 — an age-group that caters to the IPL’s die-hard fan base.Then again, Disney-Star’s digital platform Hotstar was instrumental in bringing about the change, taking the game to consumers’ mobile phones. The move was masterminded by Uday Shankar, the erstwhile chairman-cum-CEO of Star India, who had pulled off a Packer-like coup in cricket broadcasting in 2017. Five years down the line, Shankar was on Viacom18/Reliance’s side as the company staved off Star’s aggressive bidding, it is learnt. “The BCCI will utilise the revenue generated from IPL to strengthen our domestic cricket structure starting from grassroots, to boost infrastructure and spruce up facilities across India and enrich the overall cricket-watching experience,” Shah posted.Thank you, @StarSportsIndia for renewing the partnership! Welcome on-board @viacom18 and @TimesInternet. This is just the start of a promising 5-year journey. We can't wait to get going. #TATAIPL— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) June 14, 2022“Now, it’s time for state associations, IPL franchises to work together with the IPL to enhance the fan experience and ensure that our biggest stakeholder — ‘the cricket fan’ is well looked after and enjoys high quality cricket in world-class facilities,” he wrote.The BCCI has already announced a substantial hike in monthly pensions of former cricketers and umpires, benefiting around 900 personnel, with effect from June 1.The Indian Express had reported before the auction that the IPL’s per-game value for the next cycle would trump the English Premier League and make it the No. 2 sports league in the world behind the National Football League (NFL). At $15.1 million per game (converted to US dollars), the IPL comfortably leapt past the Premier League, where the broadcasters pay around $11 million per match. Shah called it a “red-letter day for Indian cricket”.But with cricket taken seriously as a commercial proposition in just about 10 countries, the big question is: will recouping the money be a problem?“With 60 per cent of the current advertisers being start-ups and with the muted global funding mood, it will not be easy for broadcasters to recover the investment for at least an initial couple of years of the contract period…(They) may have to go through a rough period,” Himanshu Arora, co-founder of marketing and advertising agency Social Panga, told The Indian Express.As for cricket, according to an IPL franchise executive, an exponential growth in media rights revenue is likely to increase the team purse also. At the moment, it has been set at Rs 95 crore and Rs 100 crore for the next two years.

IPL media rights: BCCI hits jackpot
Daily Briefing: UP govt’s bulldozers bring down Prayagraj activist’s house; CEC proposes banning opinion, exit polls
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months ago | |

Good morning,In today’s edition: Uttar Pradesh government sends in bulldozers again; Sri Lankan official claims PM Modi pressured President Rajapaksa to give power project to Adani; IPL media rights cross Rs 100 cr bid on day 1 of e-auction and moreLater today: Congress leaders, including the party’s two Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, will take out a solidarity march to the ED headquarters as former party president Rahul Gandhi is set to appear before the agency.🚨 The Big StoryThe bulldozers were out on Sunday again, after demolishing properties of the accused in Kanpur and Saharanpur, this time to bring down the house of Mohammad Javed, a political activist and businessman arrested for his alleged role in Friday’s violence in Prayagraj. Just a day’s notice was served to vacate the house despite claims by the administration that Javed was served earlier on May 10.🔴 Police claimed recovery of country-made pistols, several cartridges and objectionable posters during a search operation at Javed’s residence. 🔴 Javed’s younger daughter Sumaiyya Fatima, 19, however, said all this was “fabricated and made up” and it was done to “frame us”. 🔴 Javed’s family counsel said the house was in the name of Javed’s wife. As per Muslim law, he said, the wife’s property does not belong to the husband. Meanwhile, cases challenging the bulldozing of houses, under the pretext of alleged violations of the state’s municipal and urban planning laws, are in limbo. In many cases, notices are issued but the demolition is timed with a protest and a particular section is targeted giving the subject no time to appeal. Former Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur told The Indian Express: “This is totally illegal. Even if you assume for a moment that the construction was illegal… it is impermissible that you demolish a house on a Sunday when the residents are in custody…”Bangladesh’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud refused to be drawn into the controversy around the derogatory references to the Prophet, saying this is India’s internal matter and the government in Dhaka need not respond to it. ⚡ Only in the ExpressThe newly appointed Chief Election Commission has renewed the commission’s proposals for banning opinion polls and exit polls as well as limiting the seats from which a candidate can contest to just one, The Indian Express has learnt.📰 From the Front PageA senior Sri Lanka official claimed before a Lankan parliamentary panel that Prime Minister Narendra Modi allegedly pressured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to award a power project to the Adani Group, but retracted the statement a day later as the controversy spiralled. Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa “vehemently” denied the allegation.Amid mounting uncertainties over the civil nuclear partnership with Russia in the wake of the Ukraine war, there are indications of fresh progress on the much-delayed deal with French power utility EDF for the supply of six EPR (European Pressurised Water Reactors) nuclear reactors. If the deal takes off, it would be the largest nuclear power generating site in the country with a total capacity of 9,900 MWe and one of the biggest-ever export deals for the French side.👩‍💻 Must ReadAt stumps on Day 1, the scorecard looked healthy. The TV rights bid had reached Rs 57 crore per game and digital rights Rs 48 crore per game at the e-auction. Taken together, the IPL 2023-2027 cycle’s per-game media rights value stood at Rs 105 crore — and Rs 43,050 crore for the five-year period, an increase of Rs 10,160 crore from the BCCI’s base price of Rs 32,890 crore.With Ahmedabad’s own rath yatra around the corner, and tensions simmering in the wake of protests over remarks against the Prophet made by BJP’s Nupur Sharma, the city’s police are moving to secure the procession’s route using a popular “glue”: cricket.⌛ And Finally…🤐 Ahead of the Presidential polls, activities in the Opposition camp to field a joint consensus candidate are gaining pace. On Sunday, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh flew down to Mumbai to meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. Sources said while the AAP was open to the possibility of supporting Pawar as the joint candidate, it was not averse to further deliberations on the issue.🎧 Indian Express’s Sukrita Baruah spent 5 weeks in a fifth-grade maths classroom in Delhi to observe one teacher as she tried to bridge the learning gap that occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is what we learned. Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad

Daily Briefing: UP govt’s bulldozers bring down Prayagraj activist’s house; CEC proposes banning opinion, exit polls
IPL media rights auction: No quick winners in this long-drawn Test
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months ago | |

The media rights auction of a T20 league could be played out like a Test match. It’s going to be a long drawn out process.The e-auction for the IPL media rights – linear and digital – for the 2023-2027 cycle commences at 11 am on Sunday in Mumbai. There’s no end date and the entire process could spill over to the next few days. So the winner might not be announced on Sunday. Bids will be conducted per match basis, not for the entire season or the entire five-year cycle. The minimum bid increment (MBI) value is Rs 50 lakh and to maintain complete transparency, all the parties concerned, including the BCCI, will not get to see the bids until the highest bids are flashed on the monitor.Four-pack offeringsThere are four packages – A, B, C and D. Package A is the TV rights for the Indian subcontinent only. Package B deals with the digital rights for the Indian subcontinent. Package C has a special bouquet of matches, with non-exclusive digital rights for the Indian subcontinent. This includes tournament openers and playoffs. At the moment, the number is 18, with a total of 74 games to be played in the tournament. In the future, if the total number of matches increases, the number of games in Package C will rise in a ratio of two for every 10 games. For example, if the total number of matches rises to 84, Package C will offer a bouquet of 10 games. This has been introduced to attract companies who are willing to get a small share of the cricket pie, fetching the cricket board big money in the process. Package D contains the world rights for TV and digital.Getting to the businessPackage A and B will be rolled out upfront. The bidding commences from the base price of Rs 49 crore per game for the TV rights and Rs 33 crore per game for the digital rights. The competing parties will place their bids through an online portal. Once a bid is placed, the auctioneer will wait for 30 minutes for the next bid to come in. With the MIB being Rs 50 lakh, the auction will go on until the bids are exhausted.Going digitalDigital viewership’s fast-growing popularity is a reason why the BCCI has done away with composite bids and gone for separate bidding this term. Currently 30 per cent of Hotstar’s global revenue comes from India, with the IPL being the determining factor. Reliance’s Jio, meanwhile, has grown to be the country’s largest telecommunications company.With digital viewing expected to be the name of the game in the near future, an intense battle between Disney-Star, Viacom18/Reliance, Sony and Zee could be on the cards. Five years ago, Facebook was the highest bidder in the digital rights segment, with a bid of Rs 3,900 crore, which amounted to around Rs 54.6 crore per game. Star India won the media rights with a composite bid of Rs 16,347.5 crore.This time, with Rs 33 crore being the base price per game for the digital rights in the subcontinent only, the BCCI is expecting an unprecedented windfall from this segment. The fourth edition of the Indian Over-the-Top (OTT) Platforms Report 2021 (post-pandemic consumption), published by MICA Ahmedabad this year showed that digital subscriptions grew by 49 per cent. Consumption was highest among viewers aged 15-34; an age-group that caters to the IPL’s die-hard fan base.Financial obligationGiven that the base prices per game in the four packages are Rs 49 crore, Rs 33 crore, Rs 11 crore and Rs 3 crore respectively, and 74 matches are to be played in a season, increasing the bid by Rs 50 lakh, a participant increases its bid value by Rs 37 crore extra (74 X 50 lakh) per season and five times more for the entire five-year package.Financial obligation grows staggeringly in hundreds of crores with every MBI of Rs 50 lakh.Enjoy the differenceAt the e-auction, a company can separately put in bids for all the packages. The winner of Package A will get an automatic choice to offer five per cent more than the highest bid for Package B. Similarly, the winner of Package B will have the leeway to offer five per cent more than the highest bids in Package C and D. This, though, will have to be done within a stipulated time.High transparency quotientCirca 2017 saw closed-bidding. This time, the names of the bidders will not be revealed to ensure that rivals don’t get any inkling and inflate the whole process. Even the BCCI officials won’t get to see the bids until the highest bids across categories are shown live on the screen. The BCCI has roped in Mjunction to provide the platform for the e-auction.Big guns firingSeven companies have submitted their technical bids, but watch out for Disney-Star, the incumbent rights holder, and Viacom18/Reliance. Star under Uday Shankar had paid 158 per cent more than the previous rights cycle to acquire the IPL media rights five years ago. Five years down the line, Shankar is on Viacom18/Reliance’s side, while Sony – it held the rights from 2008 to 2017 – and Zee could be the other two main players.Package offerPackage ATV rights for the Indian subcontinentBase price ` 49 crore per gamePackage B Digital rights for the Indian subcontinentBase price ` 33 crore per gamePackage CA bouquet of 18 matches with non-exclusive digital rightsBase price ` 11 crore per gamePackage DWorld rights for TV and digital – Base price ` 3 croreTotal base price all combined is set at 32,890 crore

IPL media rights auction: No quick winners in this long-drawn Test
$12 mn per match, IPL set to be No. 2 most lucrative global sports league
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months ago | |

On the eve of the e-auction for Indian Premier League’s (IPL) five-year media rights, the Indian cricket board is bullish: currently at No. 4 behind National Football League (NFL), English Premier League (EPL), and Major League Baseball (MLB), in terms of “per match broadcasting fees” the board expects IPL to jump to the second spot.Unperturbed by the late withdrawal of e-commerce giant Amazon from the high-profile race that still has old-hand sports broadcasters Disney Star, Sony, Zee, along with the new entrant Viacom-Reliance, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said that even if the rights go at base price, the valuation of cricket’s biggest tournament would have taken a giant leap.“At present, an National Football League game costs a broadcaster about $17 million, which is the highest for any sports league. That’s followed by English Premier League, at $11 million and the Major League Baseball figure, too, is roughly the same. In the last five-year cycle, we got $9 million from one IPL game. This time, going by the present minimum base price that we have set, BCCI will get paid $12 million per IPL match. That’s a giant leap for Indian cricket on the world stage. We will be just behind NFL,” Shah told The Indian Express quoting a BCCI study on global sports leagues.For the BCCI, this will be the second successive broadcasting windfall from their five-year cycles. Back in 2017, the overall IPL rights went to Star India for around $3 billion, an unheard amount for a cricket deal back then.With IPL now a 10-team tournament and the duration of the league expected to be further stretched, the 2023-27 media rights deal is expected to break new ground.An early indicator of Brand IPL growing despite the pandemic lull was the sale of two new teams earlier this year: BCCI earned a total of $1.7 billion, with the Lucknow franchise going for 250 per cent more than the base price.According to Shah, the BCCI opted for an e-auction for “better price discovery”. By this process, the bidders will be following the auction online, with each bid displayed on their screens simultaneously. Only after a winner is decided, will the name of the bidder be revealed. “This also keeps the process transparent,” said Shah.The media rights this time are divided into four categories: Package A: Indian subcontinent television; Package B: Digital space; Package C: Special bouquet of important matches; Package D: Overseas rights.The special bouquet that includes weekend games, playoffs and final, is expected to undermine the exclusivity of Package A and B. Shah said this was done so that IPL has more broadcasting partners.Top Sports News Now$12 mn per match, IPL set to be No. 2 most lucrative global sports leagueWhile You Were Asleep: Sahal wins it for India, England hit rock bottom in Nations League & Kyrgios faces racist abuseIPL Media rights auction: No quick winners in this long-drawn TestClick here for more “If we had done this conventionally, we would have only a limited number of participants. We introduced Package C because we wanted many players to participate in the tendering process. This helps cricket grow, we need to expand the game and this will help. If more players are in the fray, it will be good for the game,” he said. Citing NFL’s example he said, “They have seven broadcasting partners, we are looking at just three or four.”With Reliance’s Voot, Disney’s Hotstar, along with Zee and Sony’s OTT platforms, already involved in an intense battle to win eyeballs, this time around the digital rights amount may even outdo television bid.Shah is aware of it. “By 2024, India will have 900 million internet users. That’s the reason digital rights become very important for the growth of cricket,” he said.Since IPL isn’t a year-long affair, the total broadcast contract value of the league is far less than the other premier sports leagues. NFL with $43 billion and NBA with $23 billion are head and shoulders above the rest.“We are committed to the ICC FTP (Future Tours Programme). The Indian cricket team is our primary responsibility. By playing away games, other cricketing nations earn revenue. We have a responsibility to let the game grow around the world,” Shah said.

$12 mn per match, IPL set to be No. 2 most lucrative global sports league
Student seeks 139 IPL final tickets, cheated of 3 lakh
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: The cybercell of the Ahmedabad range on Tuesday caught a Vasna resident for allegedly duping a man from Vahelal of Rs 2.56 lakh by promising him 139 tickets of the final match of Indian Premier League (IPL) played between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals on May 29.Tarang Patel, 23, an MBA student with a private university of Dholka, said in his FIR with Cybercell police of Ahmedabad range that the accused Jay Shah, a resident of Shantivila Apartment of Vasna, called him up on May 26 and asked if he needed tickets of the IPL final match.Sources in the police said that Shah told Patel that he worked in the ticket distribution section of the Narendra Modi Stadium and he could provide him as many tickets as he required.A police officer said that as Shah was introduced to Patel earlier by a deputy mamlatdar, Patel trusted him.Convinced with Shah, Patel first sought tickets for his 18 friends for which he paid Rs 42,500 to him through a UPI payment on May 26.Later, he told Shah to arrange 121 more tickets and booked a premium box in the stadium.Patel ended up paying Rs 2.56 lakh to Shah. Patel was told that he would get all the tickets by May 27 afternoon, but he did not get a single ticket.Patel told the cops that he waited for the tickets till the match started and Shah kept telling him that he would arrange the tickets somehow.Cops said that Patel had filed an application to register a complaint against Shah. The police officers inquired into the case and nabbed Shah, who does not do any job or business according to the cops, and mainly depends on petty jobs.On a query about seeking the tickets in bulk by the MBA student, police officers said that he only wanted to take his friends and family members to watch that match.

Student seeks 139 IPL final tickets, cheated of 3 lakh
  • MBA student buys 139 IPL tickets, duped of Rs 2.56L
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    A 23-year-old MBA student from Vahelal in Daskroi lost Rs2.56 lakh to fraudsters after he tried to buy tickets for the IPL final match between Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals. A complaint filed with the Cybercrime Cell states that Tarang Patel, an MBA student of Rai University got a phone call from a person selling IPL tickets. Patel got the call a day before the IPL finals. Patel initially refused but later decided to buy tickets after consulting friends. He then called the number and bought 139 tickets. In all, he paid Rs 2.56 lakh online via UPI. The caller asked Patel to collect the tickets in the evening however he did not get any. AM

Five T20Is against India “definitely important” for Temba Bavuma
Ahmedabad Mirror | 5 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
5 months ago | |

South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma feels that the upcoming five-match T20I series against India will certainly be important for his team to play together for the first time since the conclusion of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup last year in the UAE.Both India and South Africa had exited the mega event in the Super 10 stage. But the Proteas had a better tournament, winning four out of five matches and narrowly missed out on semifinals due to net run rate.The upcoming T20I series, starting from June 9 and ending on June 19, serves as resumption of preparations for both South Africa and India towards the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia later in the year.This will be the third time South Africa will be playing bilateral T20I series in India after October 2015 (won 2-0 by the Proteas) and September 2019 (drawn 1-1).”These games (five matches against India) are definitely important. As a T20 squad, It’s the first time we’ll be together since the World Cup. I guess just that experience of being together, us reminding ourselves of the good things that we did, how we go about playing cricket and also seeing the new faces that are within the squad, to see how those guys can come in and add value. That’s an exciting prospect,” Bavuma was quoted as saying by The Cricket Monthly.Bavuma pointed out that South Africa has to improve its batting order if they were to go all the way to the trophy.”If we can get better from our previous showing, we can achieve anything. But realistically there is stuff that we need to do. If I look at our bowling attack, it can be seen as one of the best around. Probably with the batting there’s a bit more we need to add in terms of competing with the best.”A bit more consistency at the top. The guys in the middle played quite well. Guys stepped up at different moments within games, within series. From a batting point of view, we need more at the top.”Bavuma admitted that he hadn’t seen much of IPL 2022 but was happy to see his team-mates get a chance to play in the tournament.”It’s nice to see some of our guys doing well. KG (Kagiso Rabada) en route to being the quickest to 100 wickets. Quicker than (Lasith) Malinga. That’s something to be proud of. And Marco Jansen — how he has gone and performed. Or Aiden (Markram).”And even the younger guys who have showed their ability. There is a lot of talk about Dewald Brevis. He is an exciting prospect for our cricket. And Tristan Stubbs, getting a go. It’s been nice to see those guys.”Asked about his expectation to play in IPL, Bavuma signed off by saying he would like to experience life in the extravagant T20 league.”I’d like to play there. The stronger my performances, the more realistic the opportunity becomes. I’ve also developed this fantasy of captaining a team. I don’t know where that comes from. I’d like to get that experience as well. But I kinda need to get into a team before that happens!”

Five T20Is against India “definitely important” for Temba Bavuma
Manjrekar sees shades of Dhoni’s captaincy in Pandya after IPL 2022 triumph
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

Gujarat Titans’ triumph in the 2022 edition in their debut season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has catapulted their skipper and India allrounder Hardik Pandya into the top echelons of Indian cricket with many predicting him as a future captain of the national team.Taking into account the way Pandya led Gujarat Titans throughout IPL 2022, former India star Sanjay Manjrekar sees shades of former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his leadership.In the final, Pandya claimed the best figures of his IPL career so far, taking 3/17 in four overs to help restrict Rajasthan Royals to 130/9 in 20 overs. He did well with the bat too, scoring 34 off 30 balls as the Titans successfully chased the”Hardik Pandya bowled well. In batting too, he batted in all gears while playing at the crucial No.4 spot. He captained the team like MS Dhoni. R Sai Kishore bowled the 16th and 18th overs in the final,” Manjrekar told ESPNcricinfo.”His captaincy was similar to MS Dhoni’s, as he made the decisions according to match situations. He seems to be enjoying the captaincy and looks very relaxed,” he further added.Manjrekar and many others noticed the similarities with Dhoni in field placings and bowling changes made by Pandya, who has now figured in five IPL-winning campaigns. While MSD led Chennai Super Kings to four titles, Pandya was part of the Mumbai Indians’ team that won the titles in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020. Gujarat Titans’ triumph in 2022 takes his IPL titles count to five.Rohit Sharma leads the list of players with the most IPL titles with six, with Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu with five titles each alongside Pandya. Pollard won all his titles with Mumbai Indians while Rayudu won three with MI and two with CSK.

Manjrekar sees shades of Dhoni’s captaincy in Pandya after IPL 2022 triumph
IPL 2022: Tendulkar’s ‘Best Playing XI’ has Pandya as skipper; no room for Kohli, Sharma
Ahmedabad Mirror | 6 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
6 months ago | |

India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has omitted the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer Virat Kohli and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma from his list of the “Best Playing XI” from the just-concluded IPL 2022 season.While Gujarat Titans, led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, went on to lift the trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday night defeating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets, the Rohit Sharma-led MI had the worst season this year, finishing 10th and last.Tendulkar said his list was based purely on the performance of this IPL season and had nothing to do with previous editions. And, in this edition of the IPL, both Sharma and Kohli performed miserably, even though the latter’s side made it to the playoffs stage.”It’s got nothing to do with players’ reputation or their past performances. It is purely based on their performances this season and what they have been able to achieve this season,” Tendulkar said on his YouTube channel.Tendulkar’s team, led by Hardik Pandya, has the likes of charismatic England batter Jos Buttler — who scored a whopping 863 runs for the Royals —, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, David Miller, Liam Livingstone, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal.”Hardik was the standout captain this season. He was clear in his mind, proactive. I always say that don’t regret, celebrate. If you are able to celebrate, it means the captain is outsmarting the opposition and that is what Hardik did,” opined the legend.Tendulkar said that he would pick a left-right combination at the top of the batting order, and that Buttler and Dhawan were the best this season. With Buttler emerging the second-highest run-getter ever in a single IPL season and Dhawan also scoring 460 runs in 14 matches, the choice was easy to make for the former cricketer.Tendulkar then picked Lucknow Super Gianst skipper KL Rahul at No.3. The hot-shot batter scored 616 runs in 15 innings and was only surpassed by Buttler this season. “I really like his stability and consistency. He is a player who can pick singles and when he wants to hit sixes he has the ability to do that as well,” said Tendulkar.Tendulkar’s logic behind bringing Pandya at No. 4 and his teammate David Miller at No. 5 was that a left-right combination lent solidity in the middle overs.”Bringing another left hander here because the left-right combination is important. There are a number of names who were there but I am going to play David Miller. He showed tremendous form, very good consistency and played some crucial knocks. What I observed this season was that he was able to hit towards all sides of the ground. It was proper cricketing shots and it was a treat to watch.”At No. 6, Tendulkar had hard-hitter Liam Livingstone, followed by RCB’s slog-ver specialist Dinesh Karthik.”(Livingston) has the ability to hit sixes, dangerous player. He is very clear in his mind and backs himself. Dinesh Karthik showed extraordinary consistency this season. I felt he looked calm and composed. He looked in control,” Tendulkar said.

IPL 2022: Tendulkar’s ‘Best Playing XI’ has Pandya as skipper; no room for Kohli, Sharma