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Andy Flower steps down as Punjab Kings’ assistant coach

Andy Flower has stepped down as the assistant coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) and is most likley to sign a new contract with one of the two new franchise for the next season of the cash-rich league.

Flower, the former Zimbabwe captain, had earlier worked as a coach in England for more than ten years. He was signed by PBKS ahead of the 2020 season of IPL. It was under Flower’s guidance when the England team had won the T20 World Cup title in 2010 and the number one spot in the Test rankings.

“It is correct, Andy has left Punjab Kings. He wanted to explore other opportunities and we respect that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Wadia, however, said that Flower will continue to remain the head coach of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St Lucia Zouks.

The development comes at a time when KL Rahul, the PBKS captain for the past two IPL seasons, decided to part ways with the Punjab-based franchise, which had wanted to retain him for the upcoming season.

Earlier on Tuesday, Punjab had retained only two players — Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh — ahead of the mega IPL auction in January.

Meanwhile, several reports also suggest that Trevor Bayliss has too, decided to part his ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Apart from the IPL, Bayliss, considered as one of the most successful coaches in the sport, had guided England to the Ashes and World Cup victories.

Bayliss had previously led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014 – before coaching the England team.

The reports further suggest that both Flower and Bayliss are going to be associated with the Lucknow franchise while KL Rahul is also most likley to lead the side in the next IPL season.

Notably on October 25 in Dubai, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores. On the other hand, the Ahmedabad franchise went to CVC Sports for Rs 5625 crore.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in January, 2022.

Decision on CVC Sports, media rights to be taken at IPL GC on Dec 3

The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Governing Council (GC) will meet in Kolkata on Friday (December 3) which is expected to take some crucial decisions regarding the lucrative tournament.

First of all, the GC would take a call on the CVC Sports issue as the company’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise in the IPL came under scanner following its association with the Milan-based betting company.

Recently, the Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had reportedly asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to form a committee, whose final report will be produced at the GC meet.

Notably, a report in Cricbuzz claimed that the GC is likely to give a green signal.

“The GC is expected to give a formal nod to the CVC Sports for the Ahmedabad franchise unless there is an unlikely last minute twist,” the report said.

Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.

CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Apart from the CVC matter, the board will also have to finalise the media rights tender for the cash-rich league as it had said that the tender will be out immediately after the sale of two new teams on October 25 in Dubai however, it hasn’t yet happened.

Moreover, the report further stated that former India Test cricketer Brijaesh Patel’s tenure as the IPL Chairman will also see an extension.

“Cricbuzz understands that Brijesh Patel of Karnataka and Khairul Jamal Majumdar from North East will be re-elected to the GC the next day and the former’s term as the chairman of the IPL is all set to be extended by another year,” the report said.

“It is learnt that only those two have filed the nomination for the GC membership. Pragyan Ojha will continue to be the representative of the players association,” it added.

BCCI reaches to Solicitor General of India on CVC Sports issue: Report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly discussed the CVC Sports matter to the Solicitor General of India – Tushar Mehta – who represents the board in matters not involving the Government of India.

Even as the CVC Sports had acquired the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25 in Dubai, the owners is yet to receive a Letter of Intent from the BCCI.

CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

CVC, an American firm, has been trying its best to explain to the Indian board that their investment in a UK betting firm is not illegal.

As per reports, the CVC has tried to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal and recently, few top CVC officials had flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal. “I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

However, now the initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive.

“The initial recommendation from Solicitor General is believed to be positive but he is also understood to have advised the BCCI to take a second legal opinion. While it couldn’t be confirmed if the board has indeed gone in for a second opinion, those in the know have indicated that the matter is going to be settled soon, with a committee of legal experts at work,” a report in Cricbuzz stated.

Notably, the retention deadline for the existing eight IPL franchises has been set for November 30. However, the report suggested that due to the present circumstances, it may be extended by a week to allow both new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – equal number of days to figure out their own retentions.

Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December.

The IPL 2022, which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Although the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the board had internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

CSK retains Dhoni; Rahul to lead Lucknow franchise in IPL 2022

Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have reportedly retained their captain MS Dhoni for the next three seasons of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

As per a report in The Indian Express, CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was the Orange Cap winner in IPL 2021, and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction, scheduled to be held in December.

Notably, as per the BCCI’s retention policy for IPL 2022, all teams are allowed to retain a maximum of four players and a list of the retention has to be submitted by November 30.

Meanwhile, CSK are also reportedly in talks with England all-rounder Moeen Ali to take the final retention spot however, if it doesn’t happens for any reason, the Yellow Brigade would aim to retain England all-rounder Sam Curran.

Notably, if the report comes true, it would mean that CSK star batter Suresh Raina will be going under the manner during the mega auctions.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, another most successful franchise of the lucrative league, are set to retain skipper Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

The report further said that negotiations for Kieron Pollard are still on wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan can also be retained.

The Rohit-led franchise are also aiming to sign Suryakumar Yadav at the mega auction.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals (DC) are set to retain Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and South African pacer Anrich Nortje.

Moreover, Punjab Kings’ skipper KL Rahul is most likley to part ways with the Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta co-owned franchise and will reportedly lead the newly inducted Lucknow franchise in the IPL 2022.

Three-time champions and IPL 2021 runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will retain West Indian duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine while negotiations with spinner Varun Chakravarthy, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer are still on.

Significantly, the next edition of the IPL will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchise recently and will reportedly begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

IPL 2022 likely to kick-off on April 2, says Report

The next edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), which will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow recently, is most likely to begin on April 2 in Chennai.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, the fixtures of the upcoming season have not been finalised yet however, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has internally conveyed to the key stakeholders that the board is planning to start the 16th edition of the lucrative league on April 2 in Chennai.

As the next season will have a total of 74 games, the BCCI has discussed internally that the length of the season will be for over 60 days. As a result, the final could be played in the first weekend of June.

In the revised format, each team will have 14 league games with the current format of seven home and away games each retained.

Meanwhile, as the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the defending champions, Chepauk stadium will be the obvious choice for the inaugural game however, there is no formal call on whether their opponents will, again, be Mumbai Indians, which has been the case mostly.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

Earlier on October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.

IPL 2022 will be held in India: Jay Shah

In a great news for cricketing fans in India, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Jay Shah on Saturday said that the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place in India.

While attending an event, “The Champions Call” in Chennai, which was organised to celebrate Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) fourth IPL victory, Shah confirmed the development.

While addressing the crowd in the event, Shah has assured that the cash-rich league will return to India and it will be even more exciting as two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow will be joining the lucrative league.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining,” the BCCI secretary said.

Notably, the Mega Auction for the next IPPL season will be held in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah further said.

On October 25, the BCCI had confirmed that the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group and international investment firm – CVC Capital – have bagged the ownership rights of the two new franchises of the cash-rich league.

“BCCI is pleased to announce the following successful bidders (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): 1. RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7090 crores) 2. Irelia Company Pte Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5625 crores),” the board had said.

This year, the IPL 2021 season was postponed indefinately due to the emergence of multiple Covid-19 positive cases in the tournament’s bio-bubble during the second leg following which, the board had announced to shift the league to the UAE.

Significantly, the complete 2020 season was also held in the UAE due to the pandemic.

IPL media rights tender for 2023-27 cycle to be delayed further, says reports

The media rights tender of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the 2023-2027 cycle, which should have been released by now, will reportedly take more time.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that it would release it immediately after the finalisation of the two new IPL teams in late October however, it now seems that it would only come in December.

“The IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021,” the BCCI had said in a statement after a governing council meeting of the IPL on September 28.

However, it has been around a month since the Indian board finalised the two new teams of the cash-rich league but the media rights tender is yet to be  released.

As per reports, one of the main reason behind the delay could be the uncertainty surrounding the Ahmedabad franchise whose owners — CVC Sports — is yet to receive the Letter of Intent from the the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Although CVC Capital Partners had bagged the ownerhsip rights of Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores on October 25, however, with the company acquiring a 100 percent equity stake in Italian gaming and payments operator, Sisal Group S.p.A. (“Sisal”), the matter became controversial.

Although betting, which is legal overseas, has not been legalised in India and as a result, CVC’s acquisition of the Ahmedabad franchise raised many questions following which there has been a delay from the Indian board in handing the Letter of Intent to CVC. Significantly, the Letter of Intent has already been submitted to the RPSG Group of Sanjiv Goenka, who had bagged the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 crores.

As per reports, the CVC is now trying to convince the BCCI that its investment in betting firm, which has become a bone of contention, is not illegal. Moreover, few top CVC officials have flown to India to have talks with the BCCI office-bearers.

Meanwhile, the BCCI’s legal team is also monitoring and looking into the CVC files. It is likley that the team might form a committee to adjudicate on the issue.

After CVC had acquired one of the two franchise, former IPL chairman Lalit Modi ruffled a few feathers by drawing attention to the companies association with the Milan-based betting company Sisal.

“I guess betting companies can buy an IPL team. must be a new rule. apparently, one qualified bidder also owns a big betting company. what next? does BCCI not do their homework? what can Anti-corruption do in such a case? #cricket,” Modi had tweetd.

Another reason could be the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI on December 4 when the new Governing Council of the IPL will be formed which will witness the addition of three new members.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in December this year or January, 2022.

As of now, several reports claim that the media rights tender for the new cycle would be released only in December after the above mentioned hurdles get cleared by the BCCI.

AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of game

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) senior batter AB de Villiers, considered as one of the most dangerous batsmen in the game, on Friday announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

Meanwhile,de Villiers also thanked his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) outgoing skipper Virat Kohli and the entire team management for showing faith in him.

Taking to Twitter, de Villiers said: “It has been an incredible journey, but I have decided to retire from all cricket. Ever since the back yard matches with my older brothers, I have played the game with pure enjoyment and unbridled enthusiasm. Now, at the age of 37, that flame no longer burns so brightly.”

“That’s the reality I must accept – and, even if it may seem sudden, that is why I am making this announcement today. I’ve had my time,” he added.

de Villiers further expressed: “Cricket has been exceptionally kind to me. Whether playing for the Titans, or the Proteas, or RCB, or around the world, the game has given me unimagined experiences and opportunities, and I will always be grateful. I would like to thank every teammate, every opponent, every coach, every physio and every staff member who has travelled the same path, and I am humbled by the support I have received in South Africa, in India, wherever I have played.”

“Last, I am aware that nothing would have been possible without the sacrifices made by my family – my parents, my brothers, my wife Danielle and my children. I look forward to the next chapter of our lives when I can truly put them first,” he added.

de Villiers also thanked the franchise’s outgoing skipper Kohli and the entire RCB think tank for showing confidence in him.

“I have had a long and fruitful time playing for RCB. Eleven years have just whizzed by and leaving the boys is extremely bittersweet. Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time, but after a lot of contemplation, I’ve decided to hang up my boots and spend quality time with my family. I would like to thank the RCB management, my friend Virat Kohli, teammates, coaches, support staff, fans, and the entire RCB family for showing faith and supporting me all through these years. It has been a memorable journey with RCB. Have so many memories on the personal front to cherish for the lifetime. RCB will always be very close to me and my family and will continue to support this amazing team. I am a RCBian forever,” he said in a statement by the RCB.

On the other hand, RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra termed de Villiers as one of the finest ambassadors of the game and said that the franchise was honoured to have a player like him.

“AB de Villiers has been among the best ambassadors of the game, and we are honoured to have him represent RCB in the IPL. His work ethics have been impeccable, which has not only rubbed off on the team, but has left a high benchmark for other youngsters to follow. AB has been a true leader, both on and off the field and we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for his tireless commitment in helping RCB establish itself as one of the premier franchises in the IPL. We wish AB all the best for his next innings in life. He will always be part of the RCB family,” Mishra said.

Significantly in IPL, de Villiers featured in 156 matches for RCB, amassing 4, 491 runs.

He is also the second all-time leading run-scorer behind Kohli.

Man Utd owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians acquire franchises in Emirates T20 league

Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming inaugural season of Premier League T20 (PL T20), a T20 League, received a major boost as some giants of the sporting world have acquired teams in the tournament.

According to a report in Times of India (ToI), English Premier League giants Manchester United owners – The Glazer family, which had failed to buy a team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, have bought a team in the Emirates T20 league along with bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Indians.

Khan also co-owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoys a massive fan-following in the UAE which is seen as one another reason to boost the league.

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property as quoted by Times of India.

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers have also became part of the league.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” industry executives, tracking developments of the development, were quoted as saying by Times of India.

According to reports, defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also in the fray to acquire a team however, they backed down at the eleventh hour.

Earlier in August, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had announced the launch of PLT20, a six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February 2022.

The T20 league was sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement, the tournament logo was also unveiled which is an ode to its home city – Dubai.

The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

The league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Hardik refutes reports of Rs 5 crore watch seized by Mumbai airport customs

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Tuesday refuted reports of his two luxury watches worth Rs 5 crore being seized by Mumbai airport customs as he had failed to produce bills and said that he had voluntarily went to the customs to declare the items brought by him and pay the requisite customs duty.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Hardik also said that the cost of the watch is approximately Rs 1.5 crore and not Rs. 5 crore as claimed by the media and also said that all purchase related documents were submitted to the customs department.

“Early on Monday morning, 15th November, on my arrival from Dubai, after picking up my luggage, I voluntarily went to Mumbai airport customs counter to declare the items brought by me and pay the requisite customs duty,” Hardik said in a statement.

“I had voluntarily declared all the items that I’d lawfully purchased from Dubai and was ready to pay whatever duties that needed to be paid. As a matter of fact, the customs department had asked for all purchase documents which were submitted; however customs is doing proper valuation for duty which I’ve already confirmed to pay,” he added.

The all-rounder also said that the cost of the watch is approximately Rs 1.5 crore and not Rs. 5 crore as per the rumours floating on social media platforms.

“I’m a law-abiding citizen of the country and I respect all government agencies,” he said adding that he has received all the cooperation from the Mumbai customs department and he has assured his full cooperation to them and will provide them with whatever legitimate documents they need to get the matter cleared.

“All allegations against me of crossing any legal boundaries are totally unfounded,” Pandya added.

Significantly, the incident happened when Hardik was returning from Dubai after participating in the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021 where the Virat Kohli-led India were knocked out of the showpiece event T20 World Cup after facing two defeats in their opening two games against Pakistan and New Zealand respectively.

Hardik’s brother Krunal Pandya was also intercepted at the Mumbai International Airport over suspicion of being in possession of undisclosed gold and other valuables in November last year.

Krunal was detained on arrival from Dubai, where he had for gone participating in the IPL 2020. As per reports, Krunal was carrying about three-four watches of high-end brands.

After arriving to Mumbai by a chartered commercial Indigo aircraft from Dubai, Krunal was detained by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials at the airport for possession of undisclosed high-end watches and gold.