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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.

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 2021: Gayle was not being ‘treated right’, says Pietersen

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen feels that explosive West Indies batter Chris Gayle was “not being treated right in his environment” due to which he left his franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) bubble even before the end of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Earlier, Gayle had left the Punjab bio-bubble citing bubble fatigue and won’t be available for selection for the remainder of Punjab Kings’ games.

“He (Gayle) is not being treated right in his environment. He feels like they are using him and getting rid of him, using him and getting rid of him. Didn’t play him on his birthday, cast him aside. If he is not happy, he is 42, let him do what he wants,” Pietersen told Star Sports.

In the current season, Gayle played 10 matches for PBKS, amassing 193 runs.

Meanwhile, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar also said that the Punjab Kings, who are currently fifth on the table with 10 points from 12 games, will miss Gayle in the remainder of the matches.

“A game-changer like Chris Gayle, if he is not in the team, 100 per cent it’s a big loss. I think he is in and out of the team. I don’t know what the calculations are. Clearly only four overseas players can play but sometimes when you see the player who has picked in his place, knowing what he has delivered in the past. And sure, he is over 40 and he might not be able to do it at a consistent level that he used to do. But he is a game-changer. Three overs of Gayle storm and the game is gone from the opposition,” added Gavaskar.

Issuing a statement on Friday, Punjab Kings had said: “Chris Gayle will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble due to bubble fatigue. Having been a part of the CPL bubble and then the IPL bubble he expressed a desire to mentally refresh himself in Dubai before representing the West Indies in the T20 World Cup.”

Gayle meanwhile, had said he needed to “mentally recharge” himself ahead of the showpiece event.

“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself. I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Gayle was quoted as saying in a Punjab Kings release.

“My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up,” he had added.

Punjab’s team’s Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble said that he respected Gayle’s decision to take a break before the showpiece event.

“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” Kumble said.

Significantly, 42-year-old Gayle has managed just 15 runs from the two games he played in the UAE leg of ongoing IPL season.

Gayle had joined the IPL 2021 bubble right after winning the recently held Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, where he had aggregated 193 runs from 10 games this season.

IPL 2021: Chris Gayle to leave Punjab Kings due to bubble fatigue

Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) explosive batsman Chris Gayle has left the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 bio-bubble after expressing a desire to mentally refresh himself before the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Issuing a statement, Punjab Kings said: “Chris Gayle will be leaving the IPL bio-bubble due to bubble fatigue. Having been a part of the CPL bubble and then the IPL bubble he expressed a desire to mentally refresh himself in Dubai before representing the West Indies in the T20 World Cup.”

Gayle said he needed to “mentally recharge” himself ahead of the showpiece event.

“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself. I want to refocus on helping the West Indies in the T20 World Cup and would like to take a break in Dubai,” Gayle was quoted as saying in a Punjab Kings release.

“My thanks to the Punjab Kings for giving me the time off. My wishes and hopes are with the squad always. All the very best for the games coming up,” he added.

Meanwhile, Punjab’s team’s Director of Cricket Operations, Anil Kumble has said that he respected Gayle’s decision to take a break before the showpiece event.

“I’ve played against Chris and have coached him at Punjab Kings and all through the years I’ve known him he has always been an absolute professional and we as a team respect his decision and desire to prepare himself for the T20 World Cup,” Kumble said.

Significantly, 42-year-old Gayle has managed just 15 runs from the two games he played in the UAE leg of ongoing IPL season.

Gayle had joined the IPL 2021 bubble right after winning the recently held Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 with the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, where he had aggregated 193 runs from 10 games this season.

His personal best was 46 runs in CPL 2021.

Although Punjab Kings currently has just eight points in their kitty from 11 games, the KL Rahul-led side mathematically carry a chance of making to the IPL Playoffs.

Despite leaving the bubble, Gayle will remain in Dubai and will later join his West Indies teammates as they kick-off their prepration for their title defence at the T20 World Cup.

Punjab will next face two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday. The Eoin Morgan-led KKR currently sits at the fourth place in the eight-team standings with 10 points from 11 games.

While three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have already entered the Playoffs after nine wins from 11 games and 18 points in their kitty. The MS Dhoni-led Yellow Brigade are then followed by Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the second and third place respectively.

Everyone is excited to start off well: Rajasthan Royals’ Mustafizur Rahman ahead of Punjab Kings encounter

Ahead of Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) match tonight against Punjab Kings (PBKS), the franchise’s Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman has reiterated on the importance of focusing on the process, and says his team is “really excited to start off well.”

“When you are playing in these conditions, it is important to start off well. I think if we can manage to maintain our process and are able to follow the things we’ve planned and execute them on the field, then we will definitely come out on top,” expressed the 26-year-old ahead of his team’s resumption of the IPL 2021 season.

Having helped his country to a first-ever T20I series win against New Zealand earlier this month, Mustafizur also commented on his team’s approach. “We don’t want to be looking too ahead of ourselves, and want to just go match-by-match. We know what we want to do, and it is to win matches, and have a great IPL season, and I believe today will be the first of those matches. Everyone in the group is really excited to start off well.”

The left-arm pacer currently has eight wickets in seven matches of IPL 2021, and refers to his time with the Royals so far as satisfying. “I think most teams in the IPL are very good, but I have absolutely enjoyed my time with the Royals. We are the first-ever champions of the IPL, and I feel really proud and satisfied to be able to perform for the franchise. I also feel really valued here and just hope to keep performing in the remainder of this season.”

Disclosing what the four key factors to his good bowling form are, Mustafizur said, “For me, bowling doesn’t mean that you need to have several variations. I like to keep things simple, and I think I’ve got four key things that I do really well, which is to bowl – in the right areas, a good slower bowl, a quick yorker and a great bouncer.”

“I believe it is not necessary to have too many things in your armory, but to focus on the things you do well,” he added.

Having played in the UAE before a few times, ‘The Fizz’ also added that the conditions in the gulf nation will be familiar. “I’ve been there in 2014 to play at the U-19 Asia Cup, and I think the conditions there are very similar to what we find across Asia and even back home in Bangladesh. I also know it’ll be hot, but I’m not worried about it and am quite used to it,” he gushed.

“I’m very confident with the boys coming in, they’ve all performed well at the international level and the franchise has chosen them because they have performed well. So, I feel we will have a strong unit.”

In line with his approach of not looking too far ahead, Mustafizur said he only has his eyes set on this IPL season. “I don’t like to think about all those things (IPL retentions and auction). My aim is to perform now and enjoy the moment. We can only control our performances and that is what I’m focused on. I do my best on the field, whether I’m playing for the Royals, for my country or for my local team. I don’t worry about things which are not in my control,” stated a confident looking Mustafizur.

However, signing off, the pacer did agree that the IPL season will serve as good preparation for the T20 World Cup. “Obviously, it will be a really good preparation for me because I can then go back when the World Cup starts and share information with my teammates on how the wickets were. Not all of my teammates are playing in the IPL, so I can pass on the knowledge, and I hope it will be very important for the team,” he expressed.

Rajasthan Royals will take on Punjab Kings later today at the Dubai International Stadium from 1930hrs IST onwards.

IPL 2021: Committed to play for Punjab Kings, says England’s Dawid Malan

The 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway from September 19 in the UAE and amid the uncertainty over the availibility of foreign players, England batsman Dawid Malan has ensured that currently he is committed to feature for Punjab Kings (PBKS) when the season resumes.

Earlier, the lucrative league was forced to be postponed midway in May this year due to the rising number of Covid cases inside the tournament’s bubble.

Later, the BCCI decided to host the remainder of the league in the UAE however, the second leg posed a major challenge before the organisers as various overseas players already had packed international commitments.

After the IPL, the T20 World Cup will get underway in the UAE and with the Ashes also scheduled this year, the England players, who will be a part of all the three tournaments will have to stay in the bio-bubble for a longer period of time.

However, if they pull out of the IPL and do not get selected for either of the two events – the T20 World Cup and the Ashes, it would mean they missed out an opportunity to feature in the world’s most popular T20 league beside suffering financially.

Commenting on it, Malan termed it as a tough situation for the players. He meanwhile, ensured that at this point, he was committed to play for PBKS.

“It’s quite a tough schedule. The only guarantee we have at the moment is IPL – we don’t know if we’re going to the World Cup and we don’t know if we’re going to the Ashes, so it leaves us in quite a tough situation,” Malan said after the end of second day’s play of the ongoing third Test against India.

“Say you give up the IPL and you don’t get picked for either of the England squads, then you’ve given up the IPL. Or if you go to the IPL and then you get selected after you’ve gone to the IPL then you’re sat in the bubble for five and a half months. So it’s a tricky situation. Hopefully, we can get some answers and we can find some time to get a rest out of these bubbles,” he added.

“I think all possibilities are open, at the moment I have committed to the IPL, nothing will change at the moment and if things do change maybe we can reassess but at the moment I have committed to the IPL,” he signed off.

Significantly in the recent times, various franchises have signed replacements for players, who will miss out the second leg of the IPL due to international commitments.

Franchises like the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)have  announced replacements in their respective squads recently.

While the Virat kohli-led RCB have signed Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Hasaranga had bagged a total of seven wickets, including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I, in the recently held T20I series against India.

RCB also roped in Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Meanwhile, RR have acquired Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer while South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi has been signed to replace Andrew Tye.

Malan’s side PBKS have roped in Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis for Riley Meredith and England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for Jhye Richardson.

On the other hand, KKR have snapped New Zealand’s Tim Southee, who will replace Australia’s Pat Cummins.

IPL 2021: Punjab Kings sign Adil Rashid as replacement for Jhye Richardson

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have roped in England leg-spinner Adil Rashid for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season as a replacement for Jhye Richardson.

It will be Rashid’s debut IPL season as being considered as one of the best white-ball spinners, he had gone under hammer in the league auctions on several occasions but failed to attract any buyer.

In T20Is, Rashid, who recently featured for the Northern Superchargers in inaugural edition of The Hundred, has bagged 232 wickets from 201 matches T20s.

Rashid will be joining spinners Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Jalaj Saxena, Harpreet Brar and Fabien Allen in PBKS’ spin department.

PBKS will resume their IPL 2021 UAE-led campaign against Rajasthan Royals on September 21 before taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad (September 25), Mumbai Indians (September 28), Kolkata Knight Riders (October 1), Royal Challengers Bangalore (October 3) and Chennai Super Kings (October 7), respectively.

With just three wins from eight games, PBKS are placed at the sixth place in the points table.

IPL 2021: Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis signed by Punjab Kings

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) have signed Nathan Ellis, the Australian pacer who has been drafted into the national side as a reserve for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE.

Ellis was signed by the franchise as couple of their Australian imports – Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith have been ruled out for the remainder of the IPL 2021, scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19.

“We were not aware of the fitness status of Jhye and Riley until yesterday. We have signed Ellis as a replacement player. We will announce the second replacement in a day or two,” PBKS’ CEO Satish Menon was quoted as saying to Cricbuzz.

“We are in talks with a few players. Anil (Kumble, the head coach) will finalise one soon,” he added.

According to a report in cricket.com.au, 26-year-old Ellis was chased by a total of three franchises for the second leg of the 14th season and on Thursday night however, he ended up signing a deal with the PBKS.

Earlier during the IPL auction, mome of the franchise showed any interest for Ellis.

However, Ellis hogged limelight in the just concluded Bangladesh T20I series after he had bagged a hat-trick on his debut against the Bangla Tigers in Dhaka.

Moreover, the 26-year-old had also earned himself a spot in CA’s 3-man reserve list for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE after the IPL.

Significatly, Ellis is not the only replacement player, who will join an IPL franchise for the remainder of the 14th season as many cricketers are likley to miss the remainder of the tournament.

As per reports, Pat Cummins, Kane Richardson, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith are likely to miss the second leg of the 14th season and so, few other players are set to be roped in by the franchises.

With less than a month from its resumption, the eight franchises are likely to finalise their squad soon as overseas players’ availability will remain an issue before them.

IPL 2021: KKR-RCB game postponed as two players test Covid positive

The 30th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season featuring Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday has been postponed as two Indian players in the KKR team – spinner Varun Chakravarthy and medium pacer Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for Covid-19.

“Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be positive in the third round of testing in the last four days. All other team members have tested negative for COVID -19,” a statement from the IPL.

“Both the players have isolated themselves from the rest of the squad. The Medical Team is in continuous touch with the duo and are monitoring their health. Meanwhile, the Kolkata Knight Riders have now moved towards a daily testing routine to identify any other possible cases and treat them at the earliest,” he added.

Meanwhile, the new date for the contest between KKR and RCB will be announced soon.

Significantly, in the last couple of weeks, KKR had played against Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings and as per reports, players from all these teams have been asked to self-isolate by their respective franchises.

IPL 2021: PBKS vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Playing XI

In the 21st match of the yearly T20 extravaganza — Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 14th season, the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings (PBKS), who are yet to lift the trophy, will take on two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday evening.

While PBKS are placed fifth in the eight-team points-table, KKR lie at the bottom of the standings.

The KL Rahul-led side has managed couple of wins from their five games, KKR, on the other hand, has won just one game after playing the same number of matches.

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar

Pitch Report: Ahmedabad’s wicket has usually been suitable for the batsmen and even the five-match T20I series between India and England recently, turned out to be a high-scoring series.

The average first innings score at this venue would likely be anything around 170-180.

PBKS vs KKR Dream11 Team:

KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Moises Henriques, Andre Russell (VC), Pat Cummins, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Varun Chakravarthy

PBKS vs KKR Probable Playing XIs:

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (C & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

PBKS vs KKR Squads:

Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar

Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (C), Shubman Gill, Dinesh Kartik, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prashidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Ben Cutting, Lockie Ferguson, Sheldon Jackson, Harbhajan Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Venkatesh Iyer, Vaibhav Arora, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Sunil Narine, Pawan Negi, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Shivam Mavi

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