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Mini players’ auction for IPL 2023 to be held on Dec 23 in Kochi: Report

The mini players’ auction for the 2023 season of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) will reportedly be held on December 23 in Kochi.

Although an official announcement is yet to be made but as per an ESPN Cricinfo report, the auction would be a one-day affair and will be conducted in Kochi.

This is the first time in the history of the tournament that the auctions will be held in the state of Kerala.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had set a November 15 deadline for the franchises to send the final list of retained players. This time around, each team can retain up to 15 players and have to release the remaining 10. Earlier during the last season, the team size was set to a maximum of 25 while the minimum number of players in a team was 18.

The report further said that each franchise will have an additional INR 5 crore in addition to the money left over from last year’s mega auctions. The total figure will be around INR 95 crore for the mini auctions.

Notably, the Preity Zinta-owned Punjab Kings (PBKS) were left with the largest purse worth Rs 3.45 cores after the 2022 players’ auctions while the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had INR 2.95 crore, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (INR 1.55 crore), Rajasthan Royals (INR 0.95 crore), and Kolkata Knight Riders (INR 0.45 crore).

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad had INR 0.10 crore each left in their respective purses. Defending champions Gujarat Titans were left with INR 0.15 crore while Lucknow Super Giants were the only side to exhaust their entire purse.

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond appointed head coach of MI Emirates

Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has been appointed as head coach of MI Emirates for the inaugural edition of UAE’s International League T20.

Bond meanwhile, will also continue to serve as the bowling coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians.

The MI Emirates coaching team includes current Mumbai Indians talent scouts, Parthiv Patel and Vinay Kumar who will debut as coaches — Parthiv as batting coach, Vinay as bowling coach and former MI all-rounder James Franklin as fielding coach.

In addition, former India player, Robin Singh, has been appointed general manager, cricket, MI Emirates.

Announcing the development, MI issued a statement and said: “Shane Bond joined Mumbai Indians in 2015 and has since won four titles and in the process built a formidable working style and helping bowlers realise their potential at the global stage. Robin Singh joined the coaching team of Mumbai Indians in 2010 and since then has been part of five IPL and two Champions League campaigns working closely with Shane Bond. Robin’s stint with UAE cricket will also help as MI Emirates expands MI’s cricket philosophy in the UAE.”

“Parthiv Patel has represented Mumbai Indians in the past and since 2020 been a part of the talent scouting team, and Vinay Kumar, who is also a former MI player joined the scouting team in 2021. Both Parthiv and Vinay were a part of Mumbai Indians’ winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017,” it added.

Former MI all-rounder and coach James Franklin has also joined MI Emirates as fielding coach. “With a firm grounding in MI, this team will be in a fine position to infuse MI Emirates with all that MI resonates with,” the statement added.

“I welcome Shane, Robin, Parthiv, Vinay and James to their new roles in MI Emirates. Having been an integral part of MI for various periods of time, the coaching team is exceptionally well-versed in the values that make MI what it is. I’m sure they would be able to build MI Emirates as a team that attracts the love of passionate MI fans,” said Akash M. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm.

“It’s a privilege to be appointed the Head Coach of MI Emirates. It’s always exciting to build a new team and I’m looking forward to furthering the MI legacy and inspiring our players to take the game to new heights,” said Shane Bond.

Mumbai Indians appoint South Africa’s Mark Boucher as head coach

Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), have appointed former South African wicketkeeper-batter Mark Boucher as their head coach for the 2023 season.

Earlier, Boucher had announced to be stepding down as the head coach of South Africa men’s team after the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia next month.

Issuing a statement, Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL champions, said on Friday that, “Mark Boucher has had a long and illustrious career as a wicket-keeper, batsman and holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper. Post-retirement he took over as coach for Titans, a top-level cricket franchise in South Africa, and led them to five domestic titles. In 2019, Cricket South Africa appointed Mark Boucher as the head coach where he crafted 11 Test wins, 12 in ODIs and 23 T20I victories.”

Announcing the development, Akash. M. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Mark Boucher to Mumbai Indians. With his proven expertise on the field and off it as a coach guiding his team to numerous victories, Mark will add immense value to MI and take forward its legacy.”

On the other hand, Boucher said: “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed as Head Coach of MI. Their history and achievements as a franchise clearly put them up there as one of the most successful sporting franchises in all of world sport. I look forward to the challenge and respect the need for results. It’s a strong unit with great leadership and players. I look forward to adding value to this dynamic unit.”

Under Boucher, South Africa are currently the No. 2 side on the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table.

Boucher’s last bilateral series at the helm will be a white-ball tour of India between September 28 to October 11 before heading to the T20 World Cup in Australia, where South Africa are grouped alongside Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Recently, Mumbai Indians had elevated head coach Mahela Jayawardene and director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan to new roles as part of the franchise’s central team for its growing global cricket footprint.

Jayawardene, under whom MI won three IPL titles, has now been appointed as the Global Head of Performance while Zaheer, who had joined the franchise as Director of Cricket Operations in 2018, has been appointed as Global Head of Cricket Development.

Robin Uthappa announces retirement from all forms of the game

Right-handed batter Robin Uthappa on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of Indian cricket.

The 2007 T20 World Cup-winning batsman had last played for India in 2015. He, on Wednesday, took to Twitter to announce his decision.

“It’s been 20 years since I started playing professional cricket, and it has been the greatest honour to represent my country and state, Karnataka- wonderful journey of ups and downs; one that has been fulfilling, rewarding, enjoyable and has allowed me to grow as a human being. However, all good things must come to an end and with a grateful heart I have decided to retire from all forms of Indian cricket,” he wrote.

“While I will spend a significant time with my young family, I look forward to charting a new phase in life,” he added in his farewell note.

Uthappa represented India in 59 games (46 ODIs and 13 T20Is), and amassed 1183 international runs and was also a part of the victorious T20 World Cup campaign in 2007 under MS Dhoni.

Meanwhile, the 36-years-old also thanked all the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises he played during his career.

Notably, in the cash-rich IPL, Uthappa played for Chennai Super Kings last season before which he also appeared for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the 14 years of IPL.

Uthappa amassed 4952 runs from 205 IPL games at a strike-rate of 130.35 including 27 half-centuries.

On the other hand, in his first class career spanning 142 games, most of which coming for his home state of Karnataka, Uthappa totalled 9446 runs at an average of 40.46 which included 22 centuries.

Jayawardene, Zaheer elevated to Mumbai Indians’ global cricket operations

Five-time Indian Premeir League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Wednesday announced that Mahela Jayawardene and Zaheer Khan are being elevated to new roles as part of the franchise’s central team for its growing global cricket footprint.

Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka skipper who became the head coach of the franchise since 2017 and under whom MI won three IPL titles, has now been appointed as the Global Head of Performance while Zaheer, ex-India left-arm pacer who joined the side as Director of Cricket Operations in 2018, has been appointed as Global Head of Cricket Development.

The move comes at a time when the Reliance Industries, owners of Mumbai Indians, recently acquired franchises in UAE’s ILT20 and South Africa’s SA20 leagues. While the UAE franchise is named MI Emirates, the South Africa franchise is called MI Cape Town. Both leagues are scheduled to begin in January next year.

In his new role, Jayawardene will provide senior leadership of the group’s cricket operations worldwide, including overall strategic planning, the creation of an integrated global high-performance eco-system, as well as responsibility for each team’s coaching and support structures, working closely with the team head coaches to ensure synergies, a consistent brand of cricket, and implementation of best practices set by MI.

“It is an absolute honour for me to lead MI’s global cricket operations. Mrs. Ambani and Akash’s leadership and guidance have made MI the most valued global cricket franchise and I am very happy to see MI grow globally. I look forward to this new responsibility to build a strong cohesive global brand of cricket,” said Jayawardene in an official statement.

Zaheer’s new role will see him be responsible for player development, building on MI’s robust programme around talent identification and grooming and adopting the same across geographies, which has been core philosophy and has contributed to MI’s success in IPL. Each geography comes with its unique set of challenges and Zaheer’s elevated role will play an important role helping all three franchises across the globe.

“I am humbled to take on this new role and thank Mrs. Nita Ambani and Akash for their faith in me. MI has been home for me as a player and as a coaching team member, and now as we embark on a new journey, I look ahead to working closely with all the stakeholders in the global network to unearth new potential that can join the family,” added Zaheer.

“I’m happy to have Mahela and Zak as part of our global core team. Both have been an integral part of the MI family and embody the spirit of the cricket MI stands for. I’m confident that they would be able to ensure the same flows through all our teams globally and make a difference in the cricketing ecosystems across the globe,” said Akash M. Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Jio Infocomm.

Mumbai Indians emerge most engaged club globally: Report

Mumbai Indians (MI) experienced their worst-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) season this year however, the Rohit Sharma-led side have yet again reiterated their widespread followership across the world and have sustained their top status on YouTube engagement worldwide, according to a study conducted by Spanish research agency Deportes & Finanzas.

According to the report, the 5-time IPL champions bettered their numbers on this count by over 50 percent in April 2022, clocking 66.1 million engagements, clear of second-placed Liverpool FC by 16m.

Mumbai Indians were ranked as the most popular sports brand for March 2022 on YouTube with 40.7M engagements, beating global brands such as FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and Real Madrid amongst others.

“A combination of YT Shorts and traditional YT videos have led to exponential consumption on MI’s YouTube channel. During the pre-season phase, MI produced engaging video content around the squad coming together for the first time ahead of the ongoing IPL season,” the report said.

“New video themes like MI Daily (a quick unfiltered wrap of MI’s daily activities in the camp), as well as partnerships with prominent MI fans who are also creators, helped gain additional consumption on YouTube,” it added.

Mumbai Indians continue to be a strong brand to engage with, attributed to strong strategies and creative content, which is interesting and engaging for all cricket fans.

Suryakumar Yadav ruled out of IPL 2022 due to left forearm muscle injury

In a cause of concern for five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI), middle-order mainstay Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out of rest of IPL 2022 due to a left forearm muscle injury.

The news comes as a massive blow for the Rohit Sharma-led MI, who are aiming to finish the ongoing season on a good note after being officially eliminated from the race to playoffs.

“Suryakumar Yadav has sustained a muscle strain on the left forearm and has been ruled out for the season. He has been advised rest, in consultation with the BCCI medical team,” said a statement by the franchise ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the DY Patil Stadium.

According to the advisory issued by the tournament, Yadav sustained the injury during Mumbai’s thrilling five-run win over Gujarat Titans at the Brabourne Stadium on May 6. Yadav was one of the four retained players by the five-time IPL champions ahead of the 2022 IPL Mega Auction.

He had missed Mumbai’s first two matches against Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals due to his recovery from a hairline fracture he sustained while fielding in India’s home T20I series against West Indies at Kolkata in February this year.

Yadav had then gone to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation and recovery from the hairline fracture for over three weeks and then joined the Mumbai side in IPL 2022.

Yadav, 31, was one of the few bright spots for Mumbai in a forgettable campaign, being their second-highest run-getter by scoring 303 runs in eight matches at an average of 43.29 and strike-rate of 145.67, including three half-centuries.

One of the three fifties from Yadav’s bat was a 39-ball 51 which led to Mumbai registering their first win of the current season in a return fixture over Rajasthan Royals at DY Patil Stadium.

Tilak Varma going to serve Mumbai Indians for next ten years: Irfan Pathan

Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan believes that young Mumbai Indians middle-order batsman Tilak Varma is a bright investment from the franchise and the talented cricketer is going to offer his services to them for the next ten years in the TATA Indian Premier League (IPL).

Varma – the 19-year-old left-handed batsman – has done exceedingly well for the five-time champions in the most exciting IPL season.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Pathan said, “Whenever a youngster does well he starts believing that he belongs here and once he gets the confidence he looks to cement his position in the team. We are seeing the same with Tilak Varma. He’s a talented left-hand middle-order batsman, who is worth gold in cricket. Every team looks to have a left-hander because he plays spin at ease, they have that natural ability to handle those angles from leg-spinners and left-arm spinners.”

“This young hero will become a superhero for MI if he continues to play like this. He’ll play for the franchise for the next ten years,” he added.

On the other hand, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also praised Mumbai Indians for showing faith in the young talents in Tilak Varma and Dewald Brevis who are showing glimpses of greatness and the duo are going to represent the team for the next ten years.

Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Harbhajan said, “Dewald Brevis and Tilak Varma are like investments for the Mumbai Indians. MI has invested correctly in these young talents and will reap the benefits for many years. Brevis and Tilak have shown glimpses of their talents and they are going to don the MI jersey for the next ten years.”

“We have witnessed some unbelievable talents in this competition and the confidence which these youngsters are showing is simply outstanding,” he added.

Rohit Sharma fined Rs 24 Lakh for slow over rate vs Punjab Kings

Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has been fined for their slow over-rate during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 clash against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday (April 13).

Notably, it was MI’s second violation of the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum overrate violations this season.

According to an IPL media release, MI skipper Rohit was fined Rs 24 lakhs, while the rest of the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fees, whichever is lesser.

“The Mumbai Indians have been fined after they maintained a slow over rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Punjab Kings at the MCA Stadium, Pune on April 13.This was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences,” the statement said.

“Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was fined Rs 24 lakhs and the rest of the members in the playing eleven were fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fee, whichever is lower,” it added.

Notably, PBKS defeated MI by 12 runs in the match. Chasing a 199-run target, MI were restricted to 186/9 in the allotted 20 overs, Odean Smith was the pick of the bowlers for PBKS with figures of 4/30 while Dewald Brevis was the top-scorr for MI with a counter-attacking of 49 off 25 deliveries.

Brevis knock was laced with five hits into the stands and four boundaries.

It was MI’s fifth consecutive defeat in the ongoing season and the five team IPL champions are yet to regsiter a win in the 2022 season. On the other hand, PBKS has now won three games in a row.

Speaking after the match, the MI skipper reckoned that his side played well and had come close to win their first game this season.

“It’s hardly anything to find out (any negatives), thought we played well, came pretty close to closing the game, a couple of run-outs didn’t help our cause. At one time, we were cruising along, but didn’t hold our nerves, credit to PBKS for bowling well in the second half. We’re trying to play with a different thought process, but it’s not working out well,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.

“But I don’t want to take the credit out of the guys who played well and Punjab did so today. We aren’t playing good cricket, we need to understand some situations and execute according to it. They got off to a flier, put our bowlers was under pressure, but the pitch was good to bat on and I thought 198 was chaseable. As I said earlier, we need to go back to the drawing room and come back better prepared,” he added.

After the defeat, MI is placed at the bottom of the points chart in the 2022 IPL while PBKS has climbed to the third spot. The first two spots are occupied by Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) respectively.

IPL 2022: Moeen, Suryakumar likely to miss opening games

Indian Premier League’s (IPL) most successful sides Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been handed a massive blow ahead of the start of the upcoming season of the lucrative league  as their star players — Moeen Ali and Suryakumar Yadav — are likely to miss the season opener.

According to ESPNcricinfo, England all-rounder Moeen Ali is stuck in the United Kingdom and has failed to secure a visa for his travel to India for IPL 2022.

On the other side, Suryakumar Yadav is yet to be released by the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where he had gone to recover from a finger injury.

Even if Moeen arrives in India on Wednesday (March 23), the all-rounder will be required to serve a three-day mandatory quarantine before entering IPL bio-bubble.

Notably, Moeen had played a crucial role in  CSK’s title run as he had finished as their third-highest run-getter after amassing 357 runs at an average of 25.50 and a strike-rate of 137.20 in the previous season. The England all-rounder was also the fifth in the list of the batters with most sixes during IPL 2021.

Moeen’s absence though could open the way for New Zealand’s Devon Conway to make his IPL debut and open for CSK alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Suryakumar, on the other side, cannot join the Mumbai Indians squad until he is cleared by the NCA’s medical staff.

The MS Dhoni-led CSK is set to begin its IPL 2022 campaign with a blockbuster clash against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the historic Wankhede stadium on Saturday (March 26). Five-time champions Mumbai will face Delhi Capitals (DC) in their season opener on Sunday.

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.