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Didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much’: Harry Brook on IPL contract

England batter Harry Brook has said that he is unable to understand how he landed a massive Indian Premier League (IPL) contract during the mini-auction and added that “IPL is a big dream” for him.

Brook was acquired for a massive sum of Rs 13.25 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad after entering the auction at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

“I’ve not got many words, to be honest. I thought I’d get picked up, but I didn’t think I’d get picked up for that much. One thing I would say is that I’m not motivated by money,” Brook told Daily Mail.

“Obviously, it’s a nice touch, but I just want to play cricket for the best teams and play for England as long as I can. Yes, the IPL was a big dream for me and the money is a big bonus, but it is not the be all and end all. I play because I love batting.”

The English youngster made his presence felt during England’s Test tour of Pakistan with a string of match-winning scores. He accumulated 468 runs at an average of 93.60, including three centuries with the highest score of 153.

“It might have been a different story if I hadn’t done so well in the Tests in Pakistan, but I played spin fairly well out there and there will be a lot of that in the IPL. The World Cup is in India this year too, so there will be plenty of spins to face in the coming months and different challenges,” he added.

Sunil Joshi appointed Punjab Kings’ spin bowling coach

Former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi was on Monday appointed as the spin bowling coach of Punjab Kings (PBKS) ahead of the upcoming 2023 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“We are excited to announce that former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi has been appointed as Punjab Kings’ spin bowling coach,” said the franchise on its Twitter account.

Joshi was more recently a member of the India senior men’s selection committee, where he was initially the chairman in March 2020, before Chetan Sharma replaced him in the five-member panel. He was on the committee till a new panel was appointed by the BCCI in January 2023.

Joshi represented India in 15 Tests and 69 ODIs from 1996 to 2001, picking 41 and 69 wickets respectively. He also represented the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a player in the 2008 and 2009 seasons of the IPL.

As a coach, Joshi has coached Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, and Assam senior men’s teams in the Ranji Trophy. He had also previously worked as the spin-bowling coach of Oman, Bangladesh and the United States of America men’s teams too.

Earlier, in November 2022, Punjab roped in former India opener Wasim Jaffer as their batting coach and ex-South Africa fast-bowler Charl Langeveldt as the bowling coach. They also brought in former Australia wicketkeeper-batter Brad Haddin as the assistant coach.

In September 2022, they appointed England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss as their head coach, after former India head coach Anil Kumble’s contract was not renewed.

Punjab also made veteran left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan the captain of the team for IPL 2023 after releasing their 2022 season skipper Mayank Agarwal, who was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad in Player Auction at Kochi in December last year.

Punjab, the IPL 2014 runners-up, finished sixth on the points table in the ten-team IPL 2022 and missed out on the playoffs despite having an ultra-attacking batting line-up.

Mumbai Indians continues to be India’s most valuable sports franchise

Mumbai Indians (MI), five-time champions of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), have yet again re-iterated their global stature as the most valuable sports franchise in India, according to a survey by a global brand valuation company.

As per a recent report by global brand valuation agency Brand Finance, Mumbai Indians is valued at USD 83 million, registering a 4% spike as compared to 2021. Mumbai Indians’ Brand Strength Index (BSI) also stands at a strong 70.5 out of 100 with an AA+ brand strength rating.

Year-on-year, MI have continued to increasingly command its appeal amongst Indian and global brands alike. The five-time IPL Champion has always had a strong mix of marquee and global brands on board, including DHL, TeamViewer, and Cadbury Dairy Milk along with young brands like Slice, which is a testament to its Mumbai Indians’ strong reach and customer affinity, the IPL franchise informed in a release on Tuesday.

According to Brand Finance, MI have nearly doubled their brand value over the years with a 99% growth since 2009. This reflects the trust and strong brand partner portfolio of the franchise with brands having a high pedigree, which is not restricted to geographies. Its associations have also evolved with like-minded partners with whom Mumbai Indians have stitched long-term partnerships, unlocking maximum value for both brands.

The franchise have progressively adapted to the evolution in trends on and off the pitch and with digital engagement on the rise over the past two years, the franchise has ensured that it builds stronger fan engagements and activations, which can be co-leveraged by brand partners. Currently, Mumbai Indians have over 32 million fans across its social media platforms, the release claimed.

Notably, Mumbai Indians also emerged as the only brand to have registered growth in 2020, unfazed by market slowdown and apprehensions amongst sponsors globally regarding investment in sports due to the pandemic.

Aakash Chopra questions PBKS decision of removing Kumble as head coach

Former India opener Aakash Chopra has questioned Punjab Kings (PBKS) for removing Anil Kumble as head coach as they had not made many changes to their squad in the mini-auction ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

In the auction held on December 23 at Kochi, Punjab Kings picked Sam Curran (INR 18.50 crore), Sikandar Raza (INR 50 lakh), Harpreet Bhatia (INR 40 lakh), Vidwath Kaverappa (INR 20 lakh), Mohit Rathee (INR 20 lakh) and Shivam Singh (INR 20 lakh). None of them barring Curran and Raza are much known.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra questioned their strategy. “If you (PBKS) have not made changes, it means Anil Kumble had made the right team. You had done a good squad selection, just had to do a little tweaking and not wholesale changes, Trevor Bayliss felt like that. So why was Kumble removed? I am just wondering.”

Before the auction, PBKS retained five overseas players — Jonny Bairstow, Kagiso Rabada, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Nathan Ellis — from last year’s squad. They added Curran and Raza to their overseas contingent at the auction but opted not to pick an eighth foreign player, even though they had ?12.95 crore left in their purse.

Chopra also questioned the PBKS for not selecting their full quota of overseas players.

“If anyone had the money to spend after Hyderabad, it was the Punjab Kings. They have kept a 22-member squad, you can keep 25, with seven overseas. They should have kept one more overseas player. I understand that COVID is behind us but you should have a contingency plan. Did they miss a trick?”

Chopra noted that barring Curran and Raza, PBKS did not acquire any other prominent player and said, “They bought Sam Curran. They got Sikandar Raza very cheap, at the base price. To be fair, they didn’t spend much other than Sam Curran and Sikandar Raza. Sam Curran was definitely very expensive and then Harpreet Bhatia, Kaverappa, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh – not really much.”

Aussie & English cricketers to be available for complete IPL 2023: Report

In a major relief for all the ten franchises of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian and English cricketers will be available for the entire 2023 season.

The cricketers from both the nations will be available despite the all-important Ashes series starting mid-June.

In an email sent to the IPL franchises by BCCI, it has been mentioned that the players from all the countries, except Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will take part for the full season of the tournament.

According to a Cricbuzz report, the development is a big relief for the IPL teams, who were predicting limited or conditional no-objection certificate (NOC) for the players from England and Australia because of the Ashes series — the traditional and oldest cricket rivalry between the two teams.

“Full Availability. Players selected for ODI series against Afghanistan will be available from 30 March. Players playing final of Sheffield Shield to be available from 28 March,” the BCCI mail says of the Australian players. About the England players, the communique has only two words: “Full Availability.”

The report further said that England Test skipper Ben Stokes will play full IPL, unless there is a last-minute change.

Meanwhile, the mail also informed that the Bangladesh players, selected for the Ireland series, will come for the IPL for a limited time — April 8 to May 1.

On the other hand, the Sri Lankan players will come from April 8, which means a team like Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to do without their key bowler Wanindu Hasaranga for the first few games as IPL 2023 is expected to kick off on April 1.

Players from other countries, mainly New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, should be available right through the cash-rich tournament.

Raina names Mujtaba Yousuf, Samarth Vyas, Afghanistan’s Allah Mohammad as top uncapped picks

Former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cricketer Suresh Raina has named Jammu and Kashmir left-arm pacer Mujtaba Yousuf, Saurashtra batter Samarth Vyas, Afghanistan’s 15-year-old spinner Allah Mohammad as his top uncapped picks from the upcoming IPL 2023 player auction, to be held in Kochi on Friday.

Yousuf, 20, had played against and even dismissed Raina in the past in the Indian domestic cricket circuit. He has played for Jammu & Kashmir in all formats of domestic cricket since 2019.

He is known to have good variations of the slower ball and can even deliver cutters too. Yousuf was previously a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a net bowler in the last two editions of the IPL.

Vyas, on the other hand, had an outstanding Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, hitting the most sixes in the tournament (22). He also scored a double century during this year’s Vijay Hazare Trophy and played a key role in Saurashtra winning the title in Ahmedabad.

“I played with Mujtaba (Yousuf) in the Syed Mushtaq Ali. As a left-arm fast bowler, he has good action and good control on the swing. Then you have Samarth Vyas from Saurashtra who has scored at a strike rate of over 150 and was among the top five run-getters in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and just won the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He is a very good prospect,” said Raina, who is an expert with JioCinema as part of their auction coverage.

Raina spoke highly about off-spinner Mohammad, who is the youngest player in the upcoming IPL player auction and amongst the eight Afghanistan players in the player pool. “But watch out for Allah Mohammad. At 6ft 2inches and 15 years old, he is an off-spinner with a big heart. A lot of talent coming from Afghanistan.”

After playing in local U-16 tournaments, Mohammad started to train with the Afghanistan U-19 team and made his debut in the Shpageeza League for Mis Ainak Knights. He claimed five in his first three matches including a 4-15 in his second match against Hindkush Stars.

Joshua Little a player to watch out for in IPL auction: Raina

Former India and Chennai Super Kings cricketer Suresh Raina has singled out Ireland’s left-arm fast bowler Joshua Little as a player to watch out for in the upcoming IPL 2023 player auction, to be held in Kochi on Friday.

Little had an outstanding time in the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia as Ireland entered Super 12 stage, claiming 11 wickets in seven matches, including a hat-trick against New Zealand. He had been a net bowler for Chennai Super Kings, the four-time champions, in IPL 2022.

He also has upcoming T20 franchise deals with Pretoria Capitals in SA20, Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2023.

“Watch out for Joshua Little from Ireland. He has done really well in the World Cup just now, and I just played with him (in the T10 league),” Raina was quoted as saying by JioCinema, where he’s a part of their expert panel for the auction.

From the Indian players in the auction, Raina picked left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and wicketkeeper-batter N Jagadeesan to get big deals. Both players have had IPL experiences in the past and recently fared very well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Unadkat finished with 19 wickets in 10 games at an economy rate of 3.33, leading Saurashtra to the trophy while Jagadeesan piled up five consecutive centuries for Tamil Nadu, including a record-breaking 277 against Arunachal Pradesh in Bengaluru.

“N Jagadeesan has a very good cricketing brain, and he bats so deep, is a very smart, calculative batsman. He has done really well for Tamil Nadu, watch out for him. Then there is Jaydev Unadkat who just won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has a lot of experience in the IPL,” he added.

Raina also expects the T20 World Cup winning duo of England’s Sam Curran and Ben Stokes to be huge picks in the auction.

Curran, the player of the tournament in T20 World Cup, had been a part of CSK and Punjab Kings in the past while Stokes was a crucial player for Rajasthan Royals and now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant teams in the IPL.

“Sam Curran has done really well for England as well as for Chennai Super Kings and there is Ben Stokes who has led England well. So having a top all-rounder in your team can change the movement of the game,” he concluded.

Mumbai Indians require a marquee spinner, Sikandar Raza an option: Kumble

Former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble has reckoned that five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are in dire need of a marquee spinner ahead of the next 2023 edition and added that he would prefer for the side to take an overseas spinner over an experienced Indian bowler.

Notably, MI had failed to enter the playoffs in the last two editions and finished at the bottom of the ten-team table in the 2022 season. After releasing 13 players in November, they would be eager to put a balanced squad through the player auction to be held in Kochi on Friday.

“Mumbai Indians don’t have a marquee spinner in their ranks. Kartikeya (Kumar Kartikeya Singh) did really well for them last year. If they have to go for an Indian spinner with experience then they will have to probably go back to Amit Mishra or Piyush Chawla.”

“I don’t see that happening. Perhaps, the only option for them is to go for the overseas spinner. Who will it be? There’s Adil Rashid, Tabraiz Shamsi, Adam Zampa,” Kumble was quoted as saying by JioCinema app, who have roped him in as an expert for the player auction proceedings.

Kumble also feels that Mumbai roping in Zimbabwe’s off-spin all-rounder Sikandar Raza, who was one of the standout performers in the Men’s T20 World Cup, could be an option for them as he can add depth to the batting line-up as well.

“I would probably look towards Sikandar Raza because he can also give you a wonderful middle-order batting (option) as well, along with his spin which is not easy to pick, and he has done well in the recent past,” he added.

Mumbai goes into the IPL 2023 player auction with a purse of INR 20.55 crore. With that amount, they have to fill in nine slots remaining in the squad, of which at least three can be overseas players.

SRH will go after Mayank Agarwal in mini auction: Irfan Pathan

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise  Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to acquire the services of opener Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming Player Auction, scheduled to be held in Kochi on Friday.

Notably, Agarwal was named as the captain of Punjab Kings (PBKS) for the last edition of the cash-rich league and was retained by the franchise for a whopping Rs 12 crores.

Agarwal joined the Punjab team in 2018 and forged a strong opening pairing with KL Rahul, who was captain of the side till 2021.

But a promotion to leadership didn’t lead to a truckload of runs with the bat for the right-hander in IPL 2022. Agarwal scored just 196 runs in 13 matches at an average of 16.33. On the leadership front, he didn’t fare well as Punjab ended the season at sixth place in the ten-team points table.

In November, Agarwal was released by the side after the announcement came of Shikhar Dhawan replacing him as captain of Punjab Kings. With Hyderabad also letting go of Kane Williamson and Nicholas Pooran, they are also in need of a top-order batter who can also captain the side.

“SRH will go after Mayank Agarwal because they need a kind of abrasive opener as well. They don’t have Kane Williamson right now who led them for many years as an experienced player and who used to open the innings as well.”

“Mayank Agarwal is the kind of guy who has led a side, who plays quite freely as well, very fearless, very selfless. They might be thinking of him going forward as a leader as well. So, let’s see what’s going to happen, but definitely, they are going to look for that kind of introduction in that auction,” said Pathan on ‘Game Plan – Auction Special’ show on Star Sports.

Going into the auction, Hyderabad have the most money in their purse amongst all ten IPL teams, at INR 42.25 crores. They are followed by Punjab, who have second-most money with INR 32.2 crores. Pathan also feels that there will be a bidding war for Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa between Hyderabad and Punjab.

“Definitely, both Punjab Kings as well as SRH, they’re going to show their masses at the auction because, look, one things for sure that when we don’t have a settled unit, when you don’t have a proper playing eleven which Punjab and SRH don’t have, that means they have a big bank balance and that means they need to be very smart.”

“They need to be aggressive as well in these auctions because they have the muscle power and I think Adam Zampa, they will go after him from the word go.”

Both Hyderabad and Punjab had failed to reach the IPL 2022 playoffs. While Hyderabad finished at eighth place with 12 points, Punjab were at sixth place with 14 points.

Cameron Green all set to be a part of IPL2023

At a time when many Australian players including Test skipper Pat Cummins have pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 presumably to prolong their international careers, young all-rounder Cameron Green has confirmed that he is willing and available to be picked in the upcoming IPL auction.

Green, who has emerged as a viable option to the opener’s slot vacated by the retired Aaron Finch in the Australian white-ball sides, has said he has registered for the IPL auction to be held on December 23 and is all set to be a part of it.

“I have registered for it. It will be an exciting opportunity,” Green said on cricket.com.au’s Unplayable Podcast, which will be released Tuesday morning.

“Speaking to a lot of guys, especially in the WA (Western Australia) set up about their experiences in the IPL, they speak so highly of it. They speak about the quality coaches that you’re around, the quality players that you’re around. They’re all the best in the world at their craft.

“It’s a craft that I haven’t been exposed to too much. I’m so open to wanting to learn as much as I can and that’s probably one of the best environments to learn in,” Green said.

Green will be one of the biggest attractions in the IPL auction after impressing many people with his power-hitting in recent times. He was given a chance to open during the T20I series in India a couple of months back.