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Quite confident Kohli, Rohit will be in top shape before T20 WC: Ganguly

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been struggling with the bat in the ongoing season of the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) and with the T20 World Cup few months away, the duo’s form has become a cause od concern for the fans and the Indian selectors.

In 13 games this season, former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Kohli has managed to score just 236 runs at an average of 19.67 and a strike rate of 113.46. Kohli’s tally comprises just a single half-century and three golden duck dismissals, which is his worst performance in the 14 years of IPL.

Only in the inaugural season of the cash-rich league, Kohli had scored fewer runs than the ongoing edition.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit has managed just 218 runs from 12 games at an average of 18.17 and with a strike rate of 125.29. Rohit’s tally comprises five single-digit scores and one dismissal on duck and he is yet to slam a single half-century the ongoing season where his side, which is already out of the race to the playoffs, have couple of more games to play.

In such a scenario, a lot is being talked about the two main pillars of Indian cricket with the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia this October, just around the corner and now Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the matter and reckoned that the duo will be back in form at the right time.

Speaking to Mid Day, the former India skipper opined that with the T20 World Cup still far away, he remains unfazed over Kohli and Rohit’s current form and also backed them to bounce back strongly.

“I’m not worried at all about the form of Rohit or Virat. They are too good…real big players. The World Cup is far away and I am quite confident that they will be in top shape much before the tournament,” he said.

Notably, after the ongoing edition of the IPL, India will play four T20I series with the five-match contest against South Africa scheduled to begin in June which will be followed by T20Is in Ireland and three in England and three more at home against Australia, although it is yet to be conformed by the BCCI.

IPL 2022: DC team member tests Covid-19 positive ahead of clash vs CSK

The Delhi Capitals contingent has been forced into isolation following the emergence of a positive Covid-19 case in the latest round of testing on Sunday.

Although no official statement has been made either by the franchise or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it has been reported that a net bowler is the one to test positive for the deadly virus.

The incident came to light just hew hours before the Rishabh Pant-led DC was scheduled to face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their 11th match of the ongoing TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) season at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday (May 8) evening.

As per reports, a fresh round testing took place on Sunday morning with all members of the DC contingent confined to their rooms.

Notably, it was for the second time during the ongoing 2022 season that the DC team has been forced to enter into isolation as earlier, six members of the contingent including physio Patrick Farhart, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, keeper-batter Tim Seifert and three other non-playing members had tested positive for Covid-19.

Following the positive case in the cam, DC’s match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), which was originally scheduled to be held in Pune, was relocated to Mumbai.

Significantly as per the IPL guidelines, any person testing positive in the tournament bio-bubble would need to isolate for a minimum of seven days and to re-enter the bubble, the person would need to return consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.

Moreover, if a franchise had multiple positive cases, the IPL rule says that the team can take the field with a minimum of 12 players, including seven Indians and one substitute and in that case where 12 players are not available then the IPL would take the final call, which would be final and binding.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played ten matches, winning five and losing the remaining ones. The Pant-led side are currently placed fifth in the ten-team points-table.

DC allrounder Mitchell Marsh returns positive for Covid-19

Delhi Capitals (DC) allrounder Mitchell Marsh has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and will now need to isolate for atleast a week as per the Indian Premier League (IPL) guidelines.

Notably, the Aussie all-rounder is the third DC member after physio Patrick Farhart and one of the support staff members, to test positive.

On Monday, the entire DC squad underwent fresh round of RT-PCR tests and the BCCI will now take a call on whether the Capitals can travel to Pune to play Punjab Kings on April 20 at the MCA stadium. DC were supposed to reach Pune on Monday itself however, the travel was forced to be postponed.

As per reports, Marsh underwent two rounds of RT-PCR tests. Although, he tested negative in the first one, the second turned out to be positive.

Earlier on Friday, Farhart had tested positive for the deadly virus, a day before DC faced Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). After the development, the IPL management had asked both the teams to maintain social distancing and not to shake hands during or after the match.

Significantly as per the IPL guidelines, any person testing positive in the tournament bio-bubble would need to isolate for a minimum of seven days and to re-enter the bubble, the person would need to return consecutive negative RT-PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.

Moreover, if a franchise had multiple positive cases, the IPL rule says that the team can take the field with a minimum of 12 players, including seven Indians and one substitute and in that case where 12 players are not available then the IPL would take the final call, which would be final and binding.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played four matches, winning two and losing two. The Pant-led side are currently placed seventh in the ten-team points-table.

IPL 2022: DC postpones travel to Pune after player tests positive for Covid-19

In what could send the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into a tizzy, the Delhi Capitals’ (DC) squad has been quarantined after one of its player reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and the team’s departure to Pune for their next Indian Premier League (IPL) game has also been cancelled.

The Rishabh Pant-led side is scheduled to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their next game on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune.

As per a report in Cricbuzz, one of the DC player has tested positive on the Rapid Antigen Test and will now undergo further RT-PCR test to confirm the result. The incident has forced the DC team management to take the decision of quarantining the entire squad till the RT-PCR tests are conducted.

The player, who has returned positive for the deadly virus, is yet to be confirmed.

Couple of days back, DC team physio Patrick Farhat was isolated after testing positive for Covid-19 following which he was closely monitored by the medical team of the franchise.

Earlier on Friday, the IPL had issued a statement to confirm the first positive Covid-19 case of the ongoing IPL season.

Notably, the 2020 season of the lucrative league was postponed due to the first wave of the pandemic. The season however, was later staged in the UAE.

Later in 2021, the IPL season was forced to be stopped mid-way after several players had returned positive inside the Ahmedabad and Delhi bio-bubbles. The season was later shifted to the UAE for its completion.

The current year however, witnessed sharp decline in Covid cases following which the tournament organisers decided to allow 25 per cent capacity of crowds in the stadiums.

As of now, DC have played four matches, winning two and losing two. The Pant-led side are currently placed seventh in the ten-team points-table.

IPL media rights tender likley to be out next week

The much delayed Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2023-2027 cycle is likely to be out in the coming week as it was discussed in the Governing Council meeting on Friday (March 25).

As per reports, the GC has cleared the media rights tender for the IPL for the cycle of 2023-27 and the Invitation To Tender (ITT) document is expected to be out on Monday or Tuesday.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

“12,000 Crore for sale of two franchises was phenomenal. Fingers crossed, we should get 40,000 crore plus from the IPL Media Rights. The tenders will be conducted soon by the BCCI”, expressed Ganguly on a chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’.

Earlier in October, the BCCI had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

“50,000 Crore for the Indian cricket, BCCI can and will further take sport to the next level. Already IPL has benefitted Indian cricket big time & with these monies the sport can go to completely different level”, the BCCI chief added.

One of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be increase in the number of matches from next season. Moreover, compared to last time, the upcoming auctions is most likley to see a rise in number of bidders like Reliance Industries promoted Viacom, global players like Amazon and others besides Star and Sony.

Significantly, the tender for IPL media rights, which should have been out by now, was earlier delayed mainly due to the uncertainty surrounding the Ahmedabad franchise, whose owners — CVC Sports —  received the Letter of Intent from the Indian board after a long delay.

Meanwhile, in the GC meet, a decision was taken that all efforts will be made to start a six-team annual Twenty20 tournament for the women’s cricketers and first preference will be given for the existing IPL franchises.

Speaking to reporters after the IPL Governing Council meeting, Ganguly said: “It (the full-fledged women’s IPL) has to be approved by the AGM. We plan to start it by next year hopefully.”

On the other hand, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel said that there will be four matches for the three women teams during the upcoming men’s IPL play-offs. “There will be four matches involving three teams around the time of the playoffs,” Patel said after the meeting.

BCCI spends IPL’s revenue in improving grassroots infrastructure, domestic cricket: Jay Shah

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) General Secretary Jay Shah has said the board spends the revenue generated from the Indian Premier League (IPL) in improving the grassroots infrastructure and domestic Indian cricket.

“At BCCI, the growth of the game is of paramount importance and our entire focus will be on making cricket better, making the lives of cricketers better and building better infrastructure for everyone to play the beautiful game. The revenue generated from the IPL goes back into the game to firm up our grassroots infrastructure and domestic cricket,” Shah was quoted as saying by The Times of India on Wednesday.

With the IPL media rights to go on sale in the coming days, the Indian board is expecting a windfall for the 2023-27 cycle and commenting on it, Shah said: “Doing our best to acquire the justified value that a brand like IPL warrants is definitely on top of my mind. At the same time, we will also maintain complete transparency and that is one of the reasons why the media rights will be awarded through an e-auction.”

“We are in the closing stages of our discussions to finalise the dates to float the tender and we will come out with the ITT over the next few days. As per the standard guidelines, we will complete the process within 45-60 days once the tender is released,” he added.

The BCCI secretary also spoke on the challenges the board faced in successfully conducting IPL amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and said that due to collective determination the last editions were a success.

“Given the circumstances we were in, the challenge just got amplified. But through collective determination and resolve we made it possible. I have mentioned this several times in the past that India will always be IPL’s home. And that’s what we wanted to do in 2021 with all necessary precautions in place, but despite our best efforts, there were some positive cases detected inside the bubble and we had to pause,” he expalined.

“We put the health and safety of our stakeholders right at the top. Many thought the league was over, but we remained focused and had faith in our processes,” Shah added.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

Jay Shah’s term as President of Asian Cricket Council unanimously extended

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah’s term as President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) was on Saturday unanimously extended by a year to the 2024 ACC AGM.

The decision was taken at the ACC AGM in Colombo on Saturday.

Notably, Shah had taken over the reins of the ACC last year in January 2021 from Nazmul Hassan, President, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) making him the youngest administrator to be re-appointed as the ACC President.

Addressing the AGM, the ACC President, Jay Shah, said: “I would like to thank all of my esteemed colleagues at the ACC for reposing their faith in me and considering me worthy to carry on all the work we had begun. I humbly accept this honour and am committed to working hard with a view to organize, develop and promote our beloved sport of cricket in the region, aiding the ACC to steadily grown in stature. We remain committed towards ensuring the all-round development of cricket in the region, especially carrying forward the pioneering work in women’s cricket and the multiple grassroot tournaments the ACC conducts in the region around the year.”

“The pandemic hopefully is behind us and I am keen that we adapt, innovate and help the ACC grow from strength to strength from hereon,” he added.

Shah’s extension as the ACC President for one year was proposed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President – Shammi Silva and the nomination was backed unanimously by all the members of the ACC.

IPL 2022: BCCI makes major changes in playing conditions

The 15th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is just around the corner and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has now reportedly made few major changes in rule for the upcoming season of the lucrative tournament.

As per reports, in the scenario when a side wouldn’t be able to field the required number of players with majority of the team hit by Covid-19, the Indian board will try to reschedule the match and if that is not possible – the matter will be referred to the Technical Committee, which will take the final call.

A BCCI communique on Monday (March 14) said: “Unable to field a team on account of COVID for any match due to having less than 12 players available in the playing XI (of which at least 7 must be Indian) plus 1 substitute fielder.”

“The BCCI, at its discretion, will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season. If this is not possible, the issue will be referred to the IPL Technical Committee. The decision of the IPL Technical Committee will be final and binding,” it added.

Notably, this is a shift from the previous rule which stated that the BCCI “will attempt to reschedule the match for later in the season. If this is not possible, the franchise will be deemed to have lost the match with its opponent being awarded 2 points.”

Further, the second change of rule is that multiple Decision Review System (DRS) will now be in place in order to cut down on wrong decisions.

“In each innings, the number of reviews have been increased from one to two,” the BCCI said and endorsed the recent Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) suggestion that the new batter will have to take the strike even if the batsmen in the middle crossover during a catch.

“Upon a catch dismissal, irrespective of whether the batsmen have crossed or not the incoming batsman will take the strike, except if it’s the last ball of the over,” the BCCI informed the teams.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

Sreesanth announces retirement from Indian domestic cricket

2011 ICC World Cup winner S, Sreesanth announced his retirement from all forms of India’s domestic cricket on on Wednesday (March 9).

Sreesanth, played his last first-class game for his state side — Kerala — in a game against Meghalaya in the 2021-22 edition of the Ranji Trophy where he returned with figures of 2/40 and 0/57 in the two innings.

Taking to Twitter, the 39-year-old said: “During my 25 years career as a cricket player, I’ve always pursued success and winning cricket games, while preparing and training with the highest standards of competition, passion and perseverance.”

“It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of India. And everyone who loves the game. With much sadness but without regret, I say this with a heavy heart: I am retiring from the Indian domestic (first class and all formats) cricket,” he added.

“For the next generation of cricketers..I have chosen to end my first class cricket career. This decision is mine alone, and although I know this will not bring me happiness, it is the right and honorable action to take at this time in my life. I’ve cherished every moment,” stated Sreesanth on Twitter.

Notably in first-class cricket, Sreesanth featured in 74 games, picking 213 wickets whereas in List-A cricket, the pacer scalped 124 wickets from 92 appearances.

Sreesanth also played 65 T20 matches where he ended up bagging 54 wickets.

Earlier, Sreesanth had made his debut for India in October 2005 in an ODI game against Sri Lanka. Overall in ODIs, he picked up 75 wickets from 53 ODIs. He also played 27 Test matches where he picked 87 wickets.

In T20Is, he managed just seven wickets from 10 games.

Significantly, the Kerala pacer’s last international appearance was in 2011 in the Oval Test against England.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sreesanth played for Kings XI Punjab, now known as Punjab Kings (PBKS), and Rajasthan Royals. He played a total of 44 IPL games where he bagged 40 wickets. His last IPL appearance was for the Royals against Punjab on May 9, 2013. Intrestingly, it was the same season where he was accused of being involved in spot-fixing scandal which led to his arrest and was later handed a ban.

Sreesanth was handed a life ban along with two other cricketers — Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila however, he challenged the decision in the Supreme Court, which set aside the life-ban and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider a fresh punishment following which his sentence was then reduced to a seven-year suspension.

Significantly, Sreesanth’s suspension period ended in September 2020 after which he played for Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021.

Later, Sreesanth had also put his name for the IPL mega auction however, none of the franchise showed interest in him.

Have given my heart & soul to Test cricket: Kohli on eve of his 100th Test

Former India skipper and run-machine Virat Kohli is all set to add another feather to his illustrious hat as he will become the only 12th Indian to play his 100th Test.

Although Kohli may have stepped down as captain of the Indian side however, he has undoubtedly established himself as the most successful captain to lead India in the format and will always be known for the cultural transformation he brought into the side.

On the eve of his 100th Test, the run-machine acknowledged he’s proud to have created a bigger impact on the whole ecosystem.

“I have given my heart and soul to this format, I can proudly say that,” Kohli was quoted as saying by bcci.tv.

“It feels great that I was able to contribute to my environment and to the culture in bigger ways than just strategies and plans, trying to get batsmen out and trying to manoeuvre the bowlers. If you have a bigger impact on the environment, it’s a matter of pride and really something to feel blessed about because this opportunity comes very rarely to people and I was blessed with this opportunity,” he added.

“The way people look at Test cricket being played under me as the Indian team or just the way I went about playing Test cricket and how I thought and how I wanted to play Test cricket, it hasn’t happened by chance. I have put in a lot of effort, I have made sure that my core moral values when it comes to the game of cricket remain intact. Which is wanting to play Test cricket, wanting the purest form of the game to stay alive, and for that we needed to play in a certain manner,” he expressed.

Kohli further said: “I’ve had the privilege and the opportunity to create a culture which I think I have set as a leader over the last few years. And I have done my job to the best of my abilities, I’ve fulfilled my responsibilities. I look back very proudly on that period. I’ve played with some amazing teammates, some of the guys who have shared this journey with me for the most number of Test matches. I clearly remember when I took over Test captaincy I had this vision for this team that we need to play a certain kind of cricket and we need to be a certain kind of team in international cricket, and we ended up achieving that five years in a row.”

“So I’m immensely proud. Just the atmosphere was something magical to be a part of. You entered the change room when you knew that you could win anywhere. That feeling was so empowering. You just went to every tour without any baggage, without any nervousness, without any hesitations, and it was just an opportunity after opportunity. Something that when I sat in the change room and I looked around, I felt like I was able to fulfil my responsibilities, that’s the kind of feeling I got,” he added.

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old also pointed out that he had never expected to play 100 Tests.

“I honestly never thought I will play 100 Test matches. It’s been a long journey, played a lot of cricket over the course of playing these 100 Test matches, a lot of international cricket, so I’m just grateful that I’ve been able to make it to 100,” he said.

“There was the time where I remember that I told myself I will do anything possible to be able to play for India, when nothing could demotivate me or distract me anymore. I was completely focused on just getting to the top – not just getting to the top, I wanted to play for a long period of time. I never knew that I would be able to play 100 Test matches. but things unfolded in a way that the journey just kept on going. If you talk about that moment and this moment today, life is unpredictable in many beautiful ways and I don’t think that we should put any restrictions on life in terms of how many amazing moments you can witness in the future. You have no idea what the future holds. So it’s best not to panic or get demotivated by what might not happen because my career, my life is an example of anything is possible,” he added.

Kohli, who has 27 Test centuries along with 7962 runs, said that he fondly remembered his first century in the longest format of the game.

“I think my first Test hundred, it’s something that I remember very fondly and it’s very fresh in my memory still,” he said.

“That is one day that will always be very special to me and also knowing that fact that it came in Australia made it much more special. An overseas hundred for a young guy wanting to establish himself in Test cricket, for that first hundred to come in Australia was something that really boosted my confidence and if you see, my career really took off from there after that Test match. My confidence just grew leaps and bounds. So that match I remember very fondly,” he expressed.

“From 2015 to 2020, five-six years the kind of Test cricket we played, each one of those tours or each one of those games is a special memory in itself. We’ve had some tough losses, we’ve had some amazing comebacks. Immensely proud of the whole phase. Looking back at how amazing and how magical that journey was, I can’t pinpoint one memory. It’ll be wrong for me to point out the series win in Australia or coming out of England 2-1, potentially getting the trophy back with us. For us we understand those moments on a daily basis that we experience, which is far more special than these things,” Kohli added.

Kohli also said that he’s still looking ahead to contribute to the team’s success.

“I love playing this game, I’m still passionate to win lot of games for my country. That was my prime motivation when I started playing this game – that I want to play for India and win matches for my team. That was my single-minded motivation,” he pointed out.

“I continue to be in that space, all this chat around stats and numbers and all that, it’s just a fantasy for people on the outside. I never really focus on these things, and if I did I wouldn’t have had the amount of runs that I’ve scored or the amount of milestones I’ve achieved over the last 10-12 years. Your intent has to be right and my intent keeps being in the same space – which is I want to win as many matches as I can for India,” he added.