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Sri Lanka pacer Isuru Udana announces retirement from international cricket

Sri Lanka pacer Isuru Udana has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Udana, 33, had made his debut back in 2009 T20I World Cup, scalping couple of wickets against Australia.

He was also one of the only Sri Lankan to feature in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

“I believe the time has come for me to make way for the next generation of players,’’ Udana was quoted as saying by a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

“It is with immense pride and passion, and unfathomable commitment that I have represented and served my country,’’ he added.

Udana has played 21 and 34 ODIs and T20Is for the island nation, bagging 18 and 27 wickets respectively.

In IPL, he played 10 games bagging eight wickets.

Indian Sports Industry in 2020 estimated at Rs 5894 crore; cricket claims 87% share: GroupM ESP Report

GroupM ESP, the entertainment, esports and sports division of GroupM India today has released the sports sponsorship report for India 2020 and as per it, the size of the Indian Sports Industry in 2020 is estimated at Rs 5894 Crores.

With the IPL leading the charge for the industry as the biggest contributor in sponsorship and media spends, cricket contributed INR 5133 Cr, which works out to a mammoth share of 87 percent.

Other sports cumulatively contributed to the balance 13 percent, which was an amount of Rs 761 Cr.

The report takes into consideration – sponsorship spends, celebrity endorsement and media spends on sports properties.

The biggest share here goes to media, where advertisement spends on TV, Digital and Print media contributed to Rs 3657 Crores, which accounts for 62 percent of the total spends. Sponsorship Spends included On-Ground Sponsorships, Team Sponsorships and Franchise Fee, and this took up 28 percent of the industry pie, which translates to an amount of Rs 1673 Crores. An interesting shift that gained momentum in 2020 was the athlete endorsement which grew 5 percent over 2019, against the run of play in a year ravaged by the pandemic.

During the period of inactivity in sports, there was a significant step jump in the level of social media influencer activity among popular athletes.

Here too, cricketers ruled the roost, with a 92 percent share of the pie. Of the 377 endorsement deals that happened last year, 275 involved cricket players. 2020 also saw female athletes pulling in brands and the continued success of these stars is proof of the fact that our champions are loved, and we are proud of them. As the sporting nations wait eagerly in anticipation, the stocks are highly in favour of endorsements from our athletes.

The lockdown had also catalysed the growth in certain sectors. The absence of live sports along with a sub-optimal supply of fresh OTT content led to the shift towards gaming; the month of April 2020 saw an 11 percent rise in users per week along with a significant jump in average time spent per gamer.

This led to a sudden boom in e-sports in 2020, with communities getting built and multiplayer activities gaining ground. Over the last three years, there has been a doubling in the gamer base as well as viewership numbers in the time.

Despite Covid-19 threat and multiple risks, India’s foremost sporting league, the Indian Premier League (IPL) got underway in UAE in September much to the delight of fans, players, franchisees, sponsors, and rights holders. The success of the IPL was a great demonstration of the qualities of brinkmanship and improvisation, just what the doctor ordered to lift the spirits of a nation in which cricket is followed with religious fervour. Even as the absence of a fair share of events has rendered year-on-year comparisons irrelevant, two things are extremely heartening. First, the overall levels of business seen in the industry in 2020, and then, the high running momentum as we exit the year and move on to 2021.In November, the Indian Super League (ISL) got underway in three venues in Goa with strict protocols and adherence to bio-bubble considerations. This was the first major sports event to be held in India after the pandemic; giving ample demonstration of our ability to pull off an event of this magnitude under such circumstances.

Prasanth Kumar, CEO – GroupM South Asia said, “With the lockdown being enforced and subsequent stoppage of play on the field, the void was stark with no visibility on how the anti-Covid efforts would pan out. And even without any activities, our sports heroes stayed close to us. They came closer by actively engaging with their followers on social media and the spontaneity of this online content flow and with the open arms that we welcomed it, is the demonstration of the power of sports in our country. Speedy responses and improvisations are on the go where what the situation demanded and among the many things the Covid-19 situation taught us marketers, was the need to be adaptable as the tide turns fast around us.”

Vinit Karnik, Head – Sports, Esports and Entertainment, GroupM South Asia said, “Many sports properties were either cancelled or postponed and even sponsorship and media spends were impacted. But it is commendable how the sporting ecosystem reacted to this crisis taking into consideration the very fact that sports were back sooner than expected. Even in the face of an adverse context, the stakeholders came together to provide the spark the industry needed. The IPL and ISL are an exemplary demonstration of India’s preparedness to host major sporting events under such taxing circumstances. With many sporting events lined up in 2021, fans might have to make choices between certain events in terms of what, when and how much to watch, leading to a rise in demand for subscription viewing in live sports. 2020 looks like that proverbial backward step we take before a giant leap, like the one we are expected to take in 2021, as part of the making of the sporting nation.”

The past decade has seen the sports ecosystem coming on its own and as the Covid-19 threat put the brakes on the ecosystem, it has brought the stakeholders closer to one another as we found ways to work around the crisis. As India moves into the decade of the 20s, marketers can expect a continuous evolution in the state of affairs in the sports industry. As new content platforms emerged in the wake of the shortage of live sports in 2020, it will increase the demand for sporting content and its consumption in our country.

IPL 2021: Prithvi Shaw wants to minimize mistakes in his batting

The 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was held in the UAE due to the pandemic, was not the best one for Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Prithvi Shaw as he had failed to click with the bat and was later dropped out of the team due to back to back poor performances.

Shaw also had a poor outing in the Australia tour, getting dismissed for 0 and 4 in the two innings in the first Test, and then was left out of the team for the remaining matches.

He was then not selected for the home Test series against England.

However, Shaw, 21, has started the IPL’s 14th season on the right note as he had smashed 72 off 38 balls in DC’s first game of the season against Chennai Super Kings on April 10 in Mumbai.

On being asked about the discussions he has had with DC’s head coach Ricky Ponting, Shaw said that he is enjoying working under him.

“With Ricky, I generally speak to him about tactics and strategies as a batsman. He has played so much of cricket and he has got the experience which he can share with us and he does especially with the youngsters. I am really enjoying working with him,” Shaw was quoted as saying by a DC press release.

“I made some small changes in my batting before the IPL. I just wanted to minimize all the mistakes I was making, and I worked hard,” he further added.

“I practiced for two weeks with Strength & Conditioning Coach Rajinikanth Sivagnanam sir and Pravin Amre sir before the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Then I just played my natural game with a few changes in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” he signed off.

Indian player was approached illegally by Delhi-based ‘nurse’ during IPL 2020

The 13th edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League came to an end on November 10, 2020. The tournament which was carried out in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), saw Mumbai Indians become champions for the fifth time.

However, according to reports, an Indian cricketer was approached illegally during the course of the tournament. The player, whose name is yet to be revealed, was approached by a Delhi-based ‘nurse’ who presented herself as a mere cricket enthusiast. The cricketer was contacted through social media to seek information actually for the purpose of betting. The matter was immediately reported by the cricketer to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

BCCI ACU Chief Ajit Singh said that the matter has now been closed after investigation. Singh added that the nurse knew the player as they had earlier chatted on social media. The approach towards the player was made in an unprofessional manner. Singh also said that the nurse was further questioned but no specific information could be extracted from her.

According to a BCCI source, the cricketer had once asked for medical help from the nurse on social media but had no idea about where she lived or worked. The nurse expressed her interest in betting and wanted to know about a certain match and its playing XI from the player during their online conversation.

IPL sponsors extend deal to Women’s T20 Challenge in Dubai

The sponsors of the Dream11 IPL have extended their partnership with the BCCI to the 2020 Jio Women’s T20 Challenge. Dream11, Tata Altroz, Unacademy, Paytm and CEAT have all become Official Sponsors of the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge.

Commenting on the associations, Mr. Brijesh Patel, Chairman, IPL said “With the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge we hope to build a pathway to a dedicated Women’s IPL and grow participation of women in the sport. Our Partners from the Dream11 IPL signing with us for the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge is a great testament to the growth of the women’s game and for cricket in India.

“We hope the Jio WT20C creates heroes for young fans and inspires young girls to take up the sport. We thank all the Partners for their continuous support.

Mr. Arun Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI added “The Jio Women’s T20 Challenge is now financially independent and this is a very positive sign for women’s cricket in India. Building self-sustainable properties which allow us to develop talent and grow our player pool is essential for us to continue our success in World cricket.

“The Jio Women’s T20 Challenge will increase the exposure of the women’s game to fans and in the future with a dedicated Women’s IPL, will create a new economic opportunity for women in sport.  I thank all our sponsors for their support on this journey. We are certain we will deliver great value to them.”

Mr. Vikrant Mudaliar, Chief Marketing Officer, Dream11 said, “Dream11 is happy to become the Official Partner of Jio Women’s T20 Challenge. Women’s Cricket is witnessing healthy growth in viewership, and we are sure to see higher traction among sports fans on Dream11 for this sporting event. It is important to promote and drive fan engagement for women-centric and domestic leagues for India to become a sporting powerhouse.”

Mr. Vivek Srivatsa, Head, Marketing Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors, said “After yet another successful association with the BCCI at this year’s IPL, we continue to strengthen our relationship by extending our official partnership to the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge in Sharjah, through the medium of our premium hatchback – the Tata Altroz.

“We at Tata Motors, have always been encouraging of putting more women drivers on the road, thereby consistently supporting women empowerment similar to BCCI’s aim at encouraging women in sports. With this association, we are confident that the appeal for the Altroz among potential women buyers will increase and our consistent presence at the matches through on-ground and across social media platforms, will make this tournament a memorable one for viewers across the globe.”

Mr. Karan Shroff, Chief Marketing Officer, Unacademy said, “We are delighted to be the Official Partner of the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge, further strengthening our association with the BCCI and Indian cricket.

?The event is a true reflection of the strides women’s cricket is taking and the growth it has ahead of it. At Unacademy, we are strongly committed to supporting initiatives that empower women, be it in education or sports, and we are excited to partner with the BCCI in this endeavour,”

Mr.  Jaskaran Kapany, Vice President – Marketing at Paytm said, “We are very happy to offer our support for the growth of Women’s Cricket in India. Our sportswomen have always made our nation proud.

“We have been closely associated with BCCI as Title sponsor of Indian Cricket since 2015 & with IPL as Official Umpire Sponsor since 2018. Our commitment to Indian Cricket gets stronger with every season & we are proud to be part of the growth of women’s cricket in India by associating with the 2020 Jio Women’s T20 Challenge.”

Mr. Amit Tolani, Chief Marketing Officer, CEAT Tyres Ltd said, “Women’s cricket has showcased some stellar performances in the past and CEAT has always believed and hoped for the women’s sport to be as extravagant as that of men. We have been associated with the Indian T20 Skipper; Harmanpreet Kaur over the last three years. Taking our journey ahead with the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge is a proud moment for us and we see it as an excellent opportunity to augment the visibility of our brand. We are thrilled to be a part of the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge journey as the Strategic Timeout Partner.”

IPL 2020: Schedule, venue details for Playoffs; Women’s T20 Challenge 2020

All Indian Premier League fans were eagerly waiting for this information. The schedule and venues for the IPL 2020 playoffs and women’s T20 Challenge 2020 have been announced.

The Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) Playoffs and Final will be played from 5th November to 10th November, 2020 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Qualifier 1 will be held in Dubai on 5th November followed by the Eliminator (6th November) and Qualifier 2 (8th November) in Abu Dhabi. The final will be held on 10th November in Dubai, BCCI secretary Jay Shah has confirmed in a Press note.

The full schedule of the Dream11 IPL 2020 Playoffs is as follows:

Date UAE Time India Time Match Venue
05-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Qualifier 1 – Team 1 vs Team 2 Dubai
06-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Eliminator – Team 3 vs Team 4 Abu Dhabi
08-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Qualifier 2 – Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 Abu Dhabi
10-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Final – Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 Dubai

Meanwhile, the Women’s T20 Challenge to be played from 4th November to 9th November will be held in Sharjah. The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has announced Meghna Singh as Mansi Joshi’s replacement in Velocity.

Match Date UAE Time India Time Team 1 Team 2 Venue
Match 1 04-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Supernovas Velocity Sharjah
Match 2 05-Nov-20 2:00 PM 3:30 PM Velocity Trailblazers Sharjah
Match 3 07-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM Trailblazers Supernovas Sharjah
Match 4 09-Nov-20 6:00 PM 7:30 PM FINAL Sharjah


IPL 2020: BCCI to invite State unit representatives for final

Board of Control for Cricket in India will invite all the state unit representatives to Dubai to be a part of Indian Premier League 2020 final.

The IPL 2020, slated for November 10, in likelihood will be played in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

All State unit officials will be assembled in Dubai on November 8.

They State unit representatives, to be flown into Dubai by a chartered flight, will be quarantined for a day on arrival.

One of the BCCI aims is to introduce the State units to the COVID-19 protocols and bio bubble as it plans to resume the domestic season with the Ranji Trophy championships from January 1.

There will be restrictions on the State unit guest who come to Dubai to be part of the final match. As of now only one member from each State unit will be invited to attend the final match.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals sign Pravin Dubey as replacement for Mishra

Indian Premier League 2020 table toppers Delhi Capitals are not ready to take any chances in quest of the the IPL title in the UAE.

The team, led by Shreyas Iyer, has summoned a replacement for injured Amit Mishra. A legspinner will replace the vetran legspinner.

JSW and GMR co-owned franchise Delhi Capitals have announced the signing Pravin Dubey. The of 27-year-old legspinner0 will replace Amit Mishra, for the rest of the Dream11 Indian Premier League.

The Karnataka-based Dubey has played 14 domestic T20 matches for his State, and has 16 wickets to his name, with an economy rate of 6.87.

Mishra was ruled out the tournament after sustaining an injury to the ring finger of his bowling arm during Delhi Capitals’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah on 3rd October 2020. The 37-year-old has undergone surgery, and is recovering at the moment.

IPL 2020: Star Sports brings fans closer to icons with #FanWeek

While fans are watching Dream11 IPL 2020 from the comfort of their homes, Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster extended the game beyond the field with ‘Fan Week’. What is Fan week and what makes it special? Dedicated to die-hard fans – the ‘Fan Week’ captures the fandom across the nation and also gives fans a chance to interact with Star Sports experts.


Lucky fans will get to interact with their favourite Dream 11 IPL 2020 players. The destructive and fiery David Warner interacted with his young Sunrisers Hyderabad super fans who were intrigued to know more about his dance moves.

Talking about his inspiration behind his dance videos David Warner said, “my daughters are my biggest inspiration”.

This week will witness more such fun conversations with players and their fans. Viewers can witness the IPL fandom along with the upcoming game analysis and predictions by Star Sports experts during the pre-show, Cricket Live from 6pm on match-days.

The show will feature super fans express their love for their favourite teams and players.

Fan Wall interaction – This year, the ‘Fan Wall’ on Star Sports has seen an amazing response. Star Sports gives fans a chance to interact with experts through the Fan Wall with gestures, on the pre-show – Cricket Live.

Celebrity Dream11 IPL 2020 fans– From Tinseltown to Sports personalities, everyone watches the IPL and they have their favorites too. Star Sports will feature Bollywood celebrity fans, who will share anecdotes and cheer for their favourite team and players.

#AskStar – Dream 11 IPL 2020 aficionados can interact with their favourite Star Sports experts by asking them questions on Twitter with the hashtag #AskStar. The Fan Week started with former cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Akash Chopra answering some interesting fan questions. Who will be next expert? Start Tweeting now and the experts will pick the most interesting ones to answer.

Star Sports experts on Social media – We saw Scott Styris engage with fans virtually and answer their questions on Instagram, this will continue through the week. Experts will also pick specific questions and answer them through video replies that will be posted on the Star Sports handles.

Phone a Fan – Fans can post a unique ‘Game Face Selfie’ tagging @starsportsindia with the hashtag #fanweek and they could get picked for a surprise call from a Star Sports expert.

Star Sports continues to offer an immersive and engaging Dream 11 IPL 2020 experience by celebrating fans through the week.

Star Sports expert Scott Styris talks about The Fan Week initiative by Star Sports, “It’s incredibly different for fans and players this year. For instance, players like Virat Kohli or the Chennai Super Kings team feed off the energy of fans who dedicatedly visit the stadium to cheer their favourite team and players.

“With fans not being able to visit the stadium, Star Sports has taken tremendous efforts in bringing fans closer to the game – Fan Week is part of that. This will continue to connect fans to the Dream11 IPL 2020 and its players through various activities, and I’m looking forward to it. I have always loved taking questions from fans and it gives me great pleasure in responding in the best possible way.”

IPL 2020: Narine taken off suspected illegal bowling action warning list

Kolkata Knight Riders’ all-rounder Sunil Narine has been cleared of suspect bowling action by the Indian Premier League’s Suspect Bowling Action Committee.

Narine was reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during his team’s Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match against Kings XI Punjab at Abu Dhabi on October 10.

Narine was placed on the IPL Warning List after that.

KKR had requested for an official assessment of Narine’s bowling action by the IPL Suspect Bowling Action Committee. The team had submitted action footage in slow motion with back and side angles.

The committee carefully reviewed all the deliveries of action footage of Narine with the naked eye and has come to the conclusion that the elbow-bend appears to be within the range of permissible limits, IPL has started in a Press release.

The committee also noted that Narine should reproduce the same action going forward in the IPL 2020 matches as presented to the committee in the video footage.

Narine has now been removed from the IPL suspect action warning List.