7 Suggestions for IPL management

IPL T20 Cricket tournament

  Indian Premier League (IPL) changed the lives of even unknown cricketers while it turned some cricketers like Paul Valthaty into overnight stars. It has the potential to become the biggest sporting brand in the world in 5-6 years if ICC cooperates with BCCI. These are my suggestions to increase IPL brand value, TV viewership  7 Suggestions for IPL management:  1. Include every player who played at least 1 IPL match in the auction. When ordinary players like Joginder Sharma are in the auction, why not Ambati Rayudu & Paul Valthaty?  2. Increase the number of match avenues to 20. Allot 2-3 games to stadiums in cities likeVisakhapatnam, Cuttack, Guwahati, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Gwalior, Baroda etc. Allot 2 stadiums to each franchisee.  Ex. Chennai Super Kings management should develop another stadium in Tamil Nadu (Madurai / Coimbatore). Deccan Chargers owners should develop another stadium in Vijayawada/Vizag.  Increase in the number of venues will help ticket sales and enhance IPL brand value. Chennai Super Kings should represent Tamil Nadu (not chennai) to get high brand value and fan base.    3. Format: Current format is the best one. No changes are required.  4. Schedule: Conduct every IPL tournament from April 1 – May 31. It is easy for other countries to plan their schedule.  5. Conduct two matches only on weekends and holidays. One match is enough on weekdays.  Conducting two matches on weekends and holidays will help to increase TV ratings and also reduce viewer & player fatigue. To facilitate that, BCCI should increase the number of match days to 60 (April 1 to May 30).  How many people … [Read more...]

Live: IPL 4 auction

  IPL 2011 Auction live updates:   Click here for IPL teams and latest squad composition.  12:28 PM: bought Kumara Sangakkara for $. He played for Punjab Kings Eleveln in the previous IPL.  Now, Sri Lankan star batsman-wicket keeper Kumara Sungakkara will go under the hammer.  12:25 PM: Andrew Symonds was bought by Mumbai Indians for $8.5 lakhs. He played for Deccan Chargers in the earlier editions.  Now, Australian hard hitter Andrew Symonds.  12:20 PM: Rohit Sharma was bought by Mumbai Indians for $20 lakhs . He played for Hyderabad in the previous editions.  Indian batsman Rohit Sharma will go under the hammer.  12:17 PM: South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $ 11 lakhs. He played for Bangalore Royal Challengers in the earlier editions.  It is time for No.1 Test batsman Jacques Kallis.  12:13 PM: Cameroon White was bought by Hyderabad Deccan Chargers for  Now, Australian all-rounder Cameroon White will go under the hammer.   Sensation: What a surprise! No one bid for former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.  Take 15 minutes break.  11:48 AM: South African batsman AB De Villiers was bought by Bangalore Royal Challengers for $11 lakhs.  11:44 AM: Yuvraj Singh was bought by new team Pune IPL for $18 lakhs.  It is time for Indian star Yuvraj Singh who played for Punjab Kings in the earlier editions.  11:40 AM: Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene was bought by new team Kochi for $15 lakh.  11:36 AM: Hyderabad Deccan Chargers bought Kevin Pietersen for $6.5 … [Read more...]

IPL Pune team named as Sahara Pune Warriors

 The name and the logo of the new IPL Pune team owned by the corporate house Sahara India Parivar was unveiled in a grand ceremony held at the S.P.College ground in Pune on Saturday. The team has been christened to be known as the 'Sahara Pune Warriors'. The logo of the team, which is believed to have been taken after the great Maratha warrior Shivaji, is a warrior mounted on a horse along side the shades of the Indian flag. The official website of the Sahara Pune Warriors is declared to be www.saharapunewarriors.com which is expected to in full swing within a couple of month’s time. The team shall make debut at the fourth edition of the IPL tournament in 2011 along with the other new and already controversial franchise team, the Kochi IPL team. The Chairman of the Sahara Group, Mr. Subroto Roy, expressing his fondness for the city of Pune at the event said, “It is a moment of great happiness for us to announce the name of the Pune IPL team for the people of the city and cricket enthusiasts across the world.” He further added, "We have just started journey and in the short span the support and affection received from the people here is very heartening and makes me feel that Pune is my second home". Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar and director Mahesh Manjerakar were the co-host for the event which was marked by the stunning performance by the Shaimak Davar dance group. As a part of its promotional activities in the field of sports, Mr. Roy announced financial assistance of Rs. 5,000 for State level players, Rs.10,000 for National level players and Rs. 20,000 for International level players from the city. He further made declarations regarding the various medical and financial support schemes to be extended by … [Read more...]

IPL: The Injury League

 The third edition of the Indian Premier League is very well getting itself christened as the Injured Players League or the Injury Prone League. With the tournament heading its halfway mark, it is not just the action-packed excitement of the game that is making all the news but also the not-so-welcome trend of injuries to the players that is attracting the headlines. Almost all the teams have faced the same fate as far as the injuries to the players are concerned with Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils being the worst hit teams. Here’s a quick look at the list of injured players in the season three of the IPL so far- Gautam Gambhir: The Delhi Daredevils received a major setback when its skipper Gautam Gambhir managed a reasonably serious hamstring injury while fielding during the match against the Mumbai Indians on March 17 which forced him to stay out of the IPL action. Wayne Parnell: The South African fast bowler Wayne Parnell, representing the Delhi Daredevils, got ruled out of the IPL after having sustained a groin injury during a warm-up session and had to return home without playing a single game. Graeme Smith: It came as a twin blow for the Rajasthan Royals when two of its key players Graeme Smith and Dimitri Mascarenhas got injured during their clash against Delhi Daredevils in Ahmedabad on March 15. The South African captain fractured his right middle finger while diving to take a brilliant catch of Virender Sehwag which brought to an end his IPL campaign. Dimitri Mascarenhas: The English all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas incurred an ankle injury while getting back into the crease in time during the Royals' innings in the Ahemdabad encounter. He is ruled out of the entire IPL action. Yusuf … [Read more...]

IPL Team: Chennai Super Kings

  Chennai Super Kings is the Chennai based franchise of the Indian Premier League. The team is led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming. The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is the Super Kings' home ground. The franchise is currently owned by India Cements, who paid US$91 million to acquire the rights to the franchise for 10 years in 2008. N. Srinivasan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Ltd., is the defacto owner of the Chennai Super Kings, by means of his position within the company. He is also the Secretary of the BCCI. The name Chennai Super Kings draws on the history of rulers emerging from this region. It should also be noted that the ICL named their Chennai franchise Chennai Superstars a year prior to the formation of the Super Kings. Fearless rulers have been an intrinsic part of Tamil History. The reign of the Chera, Chola, Pandya and Pallava dynasties represented the Golden Era of Tamil Culture. The kings from their dynasties, fearless warriors in their own right have fought long and hard to establish the supremacy of Tamil rule and expand the Tamil kingdom within the subcontinent and abroad. It is from this rich heritage that the name "Chennai Super Kings" draws its inspiration. It is only natural that the modern-day warriors in the sporting arena would try and replicate the exploits of their ancestors. The addition of the word "Super" gives the name a young and contemporary feel, which is in keeping with the game format. The Twenty20 as a cricketing format is all about enhanced drama and speed. The format has no scope for half measures, or anything less than a full-spirited war. In a similar fashion, given the mind-space that the word "Super" occupies in the Tamil imagination, it enhances the … [Read more...]

IPL Franchisees

 IPL Franchisees:  Pune is the most expensive franchisee while Rajasthan is the least expensive franchisee.   First auction was held in January 24, 2008. 8 franchisees won bids by paying 2,853 crore (total amount).  Second auction was held in March 21, 2010. 2 franchisees won bids by paying 3,235 crore (total amount).  IPL TeamOwnerPriceMumbai IndiansMukhesh Ambani 441 croreDeccan ChargersT. Venkatram Reddy422 croreChennai Super KingsN Srinivasan359 croreRoyal ChallengersVijay Mallya440 croreDelhi DaredevilsG.M. Rao331 croreKolkata Knight RidersShahrukh Khan296 crorePunjab Kings ElevenPreity Zinta300 croreRajasthan RoyalsManoj Badale264 crorePune IPLSahara Group1702 crore IPL is expected to become the top sporting event in 2-3 years.  … [Read more...]

IPL 2011

 2 new teams (Pune and Kochi) will play in IPL 2011. 10 teams will play 94 matches over 2 months in IPL 2011. Maharashtra is the only state that owns 2 IPL teams. Gujarat is the only major state in entire south and Western India without their own IPL team. … [Read more...]

Mongoose bat: An IPL Cricket revolution?


 The Mongoose has made an awe-inspiring IPL debut thanks to Matthew Hayden, and there may be more volunteers lining up to tame this animal.  Matthew Hayden, post international retirement, clobbering bowlers all around an international stadium with what looked like a baby's brass rattle in those paws of his. Here's introducing Matt the Bat, now with a longer handle, aka the Mongoose bat. The brainchild of Marcus Codrington Fernandez, the Mongoose is not easy to get used to. Chennai Super Kings skipper Suresh Raina, who tried out the bat in the middle in Friday, said: "Hayden has been training with it for long and he felt this was the right time to use it. He used it in the nets for two hours on Thursday. I tried to use it but then felt I should return to my normal bat." For the uninitiated, the Mongoose is a something of a miniature version of a normal cricket bat, but it has two distinguishing features: the handle is as long as the blade and the splice, which normal bats have in the blade, is built into that handle to guarantee a clean hitting surface on the bat. Delhi Daredevils skipper Dinesh Karthik, though, admitted they had been done in by the Mongoose. The bat, with a 5 cm thick base, boasts a handle 43% longer and a blade 33% shorter. With no splice, the sweet spot is enhanced a whopping 120%, making it ideal for T20 power-hitting. Its short, stocky frame - the base is reportedly five centimeters - allows for sweet timing and that was as evident as crystal. The first sign that Hayden, after two poor games, was roaring back in to form came in the second over when he slammed three boundaries in four balls. The first batsman to use it, Australia's Stuart Law, feels it has the potential to "revolutionize cricket", … [Read more...]

IPL Preview: Chennai Super Kings Vs Punjab Kings

 Chennai Super Kings vs King XI Punjab: Suresh Raina's merry band of boys take on the struggling Kings XI Punjab in their second home game of the season and the young captain would be hopeful of a repeat performance from his boys which led to a crucial win in a tight contest with the Daredevils. The left-handed opener’s mangoose-bat demolition of Delhi Daredevils’ bowling made compelling viewing. The Australian opener’s 43-ball 93 was high on octane and low on respite for the opposition. Hayden striking form – with whichever bat – is good news for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He is still influential and can still strike the ball with immense power. With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni out with an elbow injury till CSK’s away game against Mumbai Indians on March 25, CSK needs this Australian’s solidity. Hayden will be a clear and present danger to the struggling Kings XI Punjab in the IPL game here at Chepauk on Sunday night. While the Super Kings have shrugged off their initial lethargy and also managed to bounce back after losing their first-choice captain MS Dhoni, the Kings XI have struggled to get going as a unit failing in all three of their games. While the tournament is still in its early stages, time is fast running out for Kumar Sangakkara's men and they would need to stop relying on individual performances and collectively fire in order to get back to winning ways In Dhoni’s absence, Suresh Raina has skippered the side well and batted with both responsibility and flair. While Raina and Hayden are in good form with the bat, they would definitely look for better support from Badrinath and Justin Kemp. Parthiv Patel too finds his way back into the side with Dhoni out, and it would be a crucial time for … [Read more...]

March 20 matches preview


 Author: Mona Gupta, New Delhi IPL 2010 Matches Preview: 20th March: Saturday’s double header in the IPL-3 T20 comes from Ahmedabad and Mumbai. The Rajasthan Royals will face a big test against the Dada’s Knight Rider while the Royal Challengers take on Mumbai Indians. Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Shane Warne and his Rajasthan Royals have lost all three of their matches so far and things may not get any easier when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday. How the Royals need a change in fortune. They narrowly lost their opening game of IPL 3 but things have gone from bad to worse on and off the field since then. First the news of key players Graeme Smith and Dimitri Mascarenhas being ruled out of the rest of the tournament through injury, a defeat at home to Delhi, and then a real hammering in Bangalore on Thursday. Bottom of the log, the Royals look to set for a struggle and their 92 all out against RCB on what has been a decent batting track was the lowest score of the tournament so far. By contrast, the Knight Riders won their first two matches although they were comfortably beaten by Chennai in their most recent game. Wins over the Deccan Chargers and the Royal Challengers were achieved on merit and despite the loss to the Super Kings the Knight Riders look set to give things a real go this time around. Also in their favour, Chris Gayle could now be available for selection for KKR and his presence alone would give the team even more momentum to build on what has largely been a promising start. Brendon McCullum is still with the Black Caps and will not be available until the test series against Australia finishes. The Verdict: I’m in the Knight Riders camp … [Read more...]