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RIL denies report claiming Mukesh Ambani in race to buy Premier League club Liverpool

The Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has denied a report in a leading English daily which had claimed that it’s Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani has was in the race to take over renowned English football club Liverpool FC.

Notably, The Mirror Sport had ‘exclusively’ reported that Liverpool FC have been approached by the eighth-richest man in the world – Mukesh Ambani, with the club’s FSG owners open to selling up.

However, when contacted, the RIL denied any such takeover plans of Liverpool FC by them.

Significantly, it was not for the first time when Ambani has been linked with Liverpool though, after eyeing a takeover bid in 2010 before Fenway Sports Group (FSG) purchased the Premier League side.

The Mirror Sport report had claimed that Liverpool’s owners are understood to be willing to sell the club for 4 billion pound sterling.

Earlier in 2010, Subrata Roy of Sahara Group and Ambani were lining up a bid to purchase 51 percent of the club’s stake from former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

As of now, Ambani currently owns IPL cricket giants Mumbai Indians and had also played a significant role in setting up the Indian Super League (ISL).

IPL teams to submit list of retained players by Nov 15: Report

The Indian Premier League (IPL) management has reportedly asked its ten franchises to submit their list of retained players by November 15 with the upcoming mini-auction likely to be held in the third week of December.

Unlike the mega auction last year, when two new franchises were added and the old eight teams could retain a maximum of four players, there is no such cap for the mini-auction ahead of IPL 2023. Meanwhile, during the upcoming mini-auction, the teams will get extra Rs 5 crore, in addition to the money left over from the previous auction, to spend which will make the overall auction purse Rs 95 crore, an ESPNcricinfo report said.

Notably, Punjab Kings (PBKS) had the largest purse left – Rs 3.45 crore – after last year’s auction, while Lucknow Super Giants had exhausted their entire purse. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had Rs 2.95 crore remaining, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 1.55 crore), Rajasthan Royals (Rs 0.95 crore) and Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 0.45 crore).

On the other hand, defending champions Gujarat Titans are left with Rs 0.15 crore while three teams – Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals – had Rs 0.10 crore.

Despite franchises having smaller purses, mini-auctions have produced some of the most expensive buys in the past seasons and the likes of Ben Stokes along with his England team-mate Sam Curran and Australia all-rounder Cameron Green are some of the overseas players, who are expected to attract the biggest bids if they enter the auction this year.

Meanwhile, three teams – CSK, DC and LSG – bought only seven overseas players at the previous auction, so they could be on the lookout to fill up the last spot while other teams could release one or more of their overseas players to create vacancies and increase their purses.

A total of six franchises had brought in injury replacements — Adam Milne replaced by Matheesha Pathirana (CSK), Tymal Mills replaced by Tristan Stubbs (MI), Nathan Coulter-Nile replaced by Corbin Bosch (RR), Mark Wood replaced by Andrew Tye (LSG), Alex Hales replaced by Aaron Finch (KKR) and Jason Roy replaced by Rahmanullah Gurbaz (GT) during IPL 2022.

All these teams will now have to decide whether to retain the replacement player or the original player, or both provided the player limit allows.

Sri Lanka Cricket set to part ways with Tom Moody: Report

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the governinig body of the game in the island nation, is all set to part ways with its Director of Cricket Tom Moody, ending a three-year deal in just one-and-a-half years, according to a report in the local media.

Despite bringing a premature end to Moody’s contract, the SLC will reportedly retain former skipper and Consultant coach Mahela Jayawardena, who had recently accepted a broader responsibility with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI), according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.

The reason behind the SLC’s call is that it wants to give a wider role to Jayawardena, the report added.

“However, the Board now feels that, with Jayawardena heavily involved in shaping the future of cricket on the island, it could do without Moody now. Thus, it has reached an amicable exit plan with the former Australian cricketer-turned-coach. He will be paid US$ 45,000 as compensation,” the report said.

“His three-year contract mandates Moody to spend at least 300 days in Sri Lanka focusing on “analysis of the future tour programme, focusing on the domestic tournament structure, player welfare, education and skill development, coaching and support staff structure, high performance, and data analytics,” the report added.

According to the report, the decision will also help the SLC in cutting down on some extra expenses as Moody “was paid a fee of US$ 2,000 for each day he spent in Sri Lanka, in addition to all other perks including five-star accommodation”.

Meanwhile, a senior officer also confirmed that the Board has already mutually agreed with Moody to part ways, the Sunday Times said. “We will have to compensate him for early termination but even that’s a better option than keeping him for further one-and-a-half years,” sources told the newspaper on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, Moody was hired for a three-year stint by a Technical Advisory Committee led by Aravinda de Silva in March 2121 and was given a wide role, spanning the women’s and men’s games, and domestic and international cricket.

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.

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.

IPL franchise owners acquire six teams in South Africa’s upcoming T20 League

IPL franchise owners of teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Lucknow Super Giants, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and co-owners of Delhi Capitals on Wednesday were announced as winners of all six teams which will participate in South Africa’s upcoming new T20 League.

Issuing a official statement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that the six franchise owners were confirmed following a rigorous process over the past few months.

While Reliance Industries Limited, owners of Mumbai Indians, will operate the Cape Town team based at Newlands, RPSG Sports Private Limited, owners of Lucknow Super Giants, acquired the Durban franchise based at Kingsmead.

Meanwhile, Sun TV Network Limited, owners of Sunrisers Hyderabad, picked Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) franchise with home venue at St George’s Park while Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, owners of Chennai Super Kings, acquired the Johannesburg franchise with base at Wanderers.

Royals Sports Group, owners of Rajasthan Royals, bought the Paarl franchise based at Boland Park while JSW Sports, co-owners of Delhi Capitals, bought the Pretoria franchise based at SuperSport Park.

Commenting on the development, Graeme Smith, the newly appointed commissioner of the upcoming T20 League in South Africa, welcomed all the new franchise owners of the league and said: “We are thrilled to welcome our new franchise owners to the South African League taking place in January and February 2023. This is truly an exciting time for South African cricket; the overwhelming interest shows that the country remains valued in the global cricketing eco-system.”

“A robust bidding process was followed to select the final six owners, the decision was informed by a scorecard based on various criteria to ensure the utmost professionalism, independence, and objectivity to the process. I would like to thank Deloitte as our advisors for doing a thoroughly professional job in helping South African cricket find partners who add substantial value to our game. The strong sports background of the respective owners and the global brands they manage ensures that South African cricket and the broader industry will benefit from their expertise and resources, as they bring stability and experience to the League,” he added.

Smith finally concluded by hinting at announcing the international players of the new T20 League in near future and said: “We have already contracted a number of leading international players who will be announced shortly. Combined with our strong South African player base, fans and stakeholders can be assured that the new League will showcase exciting talent and skill.”

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.

IPL 2022: LSG skipper Rahul has been fined Rs 24 lakhs for slow over-rate offence

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul has been fined Rs 24 lakhs for maintaining the slow-over rate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday (April 25).

Meanwhile, the rest of the members of the LSG Playing XI were also fined Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their match fee, whichever is lower.

In the contest against MI, Rahul slammed his second hundred of the ongoing IPL season and steered hisside Lucknow Super Giants to a comfortable 36-run win on Sunday. Notably, it was MI’ eighth straight loss in the current season and the Rohit Sharma-led side are still to register a single win.

Significantly, Rahul’s 103 not out saw Lucknow scoring 168/6 in the allotted 20 overs before they restricting Mumbai to 132/8.

The victory saw Lucknow joining Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 10 points, two behind league-leading Gujarat Titans.

Speaking after the match, an ealted Rahul said: “Will have to make up for all the over rates and fines I’m getting (with his Player of the Match awards). Trying to play according to the situation, see what’s expected out of me. Enjoying batting, enjoying the responsibility. Fingers crossed I can keep doing the right things. First thought was just get bat on ball, feel good, get that single. When you’ve played in a venue that’s been good to me previously, but not so much in the last two games, just wanted to get that single first. Lucky that I could score as much as I did.”

“I try and assess the pitch and conditions and see what’s best I could do for the team. With this team, we do bat deep. Holder is batting at eight. With the depth, you can play a bit more freely. That’s probably the only reason (for his higher strike rate). Teams that can defend well, or bowl well in the powerplay and finish off well in the death overs are teams that have won the tournament. We were very clear going into the auctions – I’m big on having allrounders in the team. Having them in the team, makes my life easier with the options,” he signed off.