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Hero Honda pays 4.5 mn dollars for being partner in IPL

India's largest two-wheeler maker Hero Honda Motors has paid 4.5 million dollar to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for joining Indian Premier League (IPL) as a partner for the Twenty20 tournament scheduled to start from April 16.
Sources close to the development said the company had to pay a sum of 4.5 million dollar (Rs 18 crore) to become a partner for the tournament. When contacted, Hero Honda officials denied to comment on the financial of the deal.
"Indian cricket, as indeed cricket worldwide, is witnessing historic developments with the highly innovative concept of IPL, and we are happy to be a part of it," Hero Honda Motors (HHML) Managing Director Pawan Munjal had said in a statement on Friday. Commenting on the development, BCCI Vice-President and IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi had said the bike maker's association with IPL would add a lot of value to the entire event.
"Hero Honda brings to the table its immense experience in the field of corporate association with cricket both at national and international level," Modi added. Hero Honda has been closely associated with cricket and Indian cricketers such as Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina are presently its brand ambassadors. Real estate major DLF had won the main sponsorship rights for Rs 200 crore for the next five years.

IPL players auction in Mumbai today

The Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction will be held at Mumbai today. A total of 77 players, both Indian and foreigners, will go under the hammer.
The eight franchises, which spent over 718 million dollars to get the team rights, will be present at the auction. They are Mumbai team (Mukesh Ambani), Bangalore (Vijay Mallya), Kolkata (Shah Rukh Khan), Chandigarh (Preity Zinta), Jaipur (Emerging Media), Hyderabad (Deccan Chronicle), Chennai (India Cements) and Delhi (GMR Group). Five iconic players of India - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag - are not part of the bid process as they have to play for their respective city franchises.
Tendulkar will be part of the Mumbai franchise owned by Ambhani’s REL, Dravid will play for the Bangalore franchise owned by Vijay Mallya’s UB Group, Ganguly for Kolkata owned by Shahrukh’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Yuvraj for Mohali owned by Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia, R Burman and Group and Sehwag will lead the Delhi team, owned by GMR Holdings. The other franchise owners are Deccan Chronicle Group (Hyderabad), India Cements (Chennai), Delhi (GRM Group) and Emerging Media Group (Jaipur).
Other global cricket stars on sale are Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan, Adam Gilchrist, Shoaib Akhtar, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Shaun Pollock.
The IPL Governing Council has decided that not more than five million dollars and not less than 3.3 million dollars can be bid for each lot of international players by each franchise. The contract with the player will be for a fixed term of three years and each franchise can have a maximum of two centrally contracted Australian players.
While each team will be allowed to register a maximum of eight foreign players, only four will be able to play in the XI. In the tournament, based on Twenty20 matches, 59 matches will be played in 44 days starting April 18.

IPL matches to have batsman friendly pitches

The Indian cricket board's multi- billion dollar Indian Premier League matches beginning on April 18 would be a feast for batsmen, with IPL authorities asking the associations to prepare tracks with good carry and pace to ensure high scores.
"The pitches will have good carry and pace. So that there is a good first innings score and the team batting second has a good total to chase," BCCI's ground and pitches committee head Daljit Singh, who is overall in-charge of wicket preparation for the league, told reporters. "We want wickets conducive to the twenty20 format. The centres have been asked to prepare hard wickets with good bounce," Daljit said.
He said the tracks should neither have lateral movement, nor be spinner-friendly, as such wickets were not good for the slam bang variety of cricket. Daljit, who visited the Eden Gardens - the home venue of matches involving the Kolkata team owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment - held discussions with the side's would-be skipper Sourav Ganguly.

DLF wins title sponsorship rights for IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) today announced that DLF has won the title sponsorship rights for the cricket extravaganza that is set to kick off on April 18, 2008.
Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL, Lalit Modi said, "The Title Sponsorship race was tightly contested between three participants, with DLF emerging the final winner through a fair and transparent process. I am truly happy to have India's leading real estate company DLF as our title sponsors as they happen to share a common vision with the BCCI to make the Indian Premier League, one of finest cricketing leagues in the world." "It is exciting to have an eclectic mix of elite Indian businessmen, Bollywood personalities and corporates as our allies, working collectively as one to ensure the success of the IPL. On behalf of the IPL Governing Council, I would like to thank everyone who participated and supported us throughout the bidding process," he added.
The IPL will kick off on April 18, with some high voltage action expected between Sharukh Khan's Kolkata franchise and business baron Vijay Mallya's Bangalore Team at the Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore. The IPL will feature eight franchises who will play each other on a home and away basis with seven matches at home.
The tournament will run for 44 days with the semi-finals and final to be played in Mumbai. The IPL will feature a total of 59 matches which will be telecast during late afternoon and evening to coincide with prime time for television and providing a convenient time for the stadium audience.

Ganguly set to be skipper of Kolkata outfit in IPL

All set to lead the Kolkata team in BCCI's multi-billion dollar Indian Premier League, Sourav Ganguly has turned his attention to roping in four key foreign players for the side which begins its campaign on April 18, the inaugural day of the tournament.
Though a formal announcement on Ganguly's appointment as captain would be made after February 20, sources close to the former Indian skipper said he had a telephonic conversation with Bollywood star and Kolkata team's franchisee owner Shah Rukh Khan on Monday where the matter was settled. Sources claimed that Shah Rukh, the owner of the Kolkata team franchisee Red Chillies Entertainment, requested Ganguly to select a team with players of his choice. As per IPL rules, a team should have four local players and a maximum of four foreign ones.
Meanwhile, players like Shahid Afridi, Adam Gilchrist, Jaques Kallis, Brett Lee, Mathew Hayden are among those on Ganguly's radar as representatives from abroad. "I would always like to have players like Gilly (Adam Gilchrist), Jaques Kallis, Hayden, Shaun Pollock, Lee, Shahid Afridi and Yousuf Youhana in my side," Ganguly said. "Obviously, when one makes the team, he wants to pick the best side. I am no exception," he said.
Excited at the prospect of the league, Ganguly said "I am excited about the IPL. I have played it during my County stint I am looking forward to the new challenge." Among the recruits from other states, Indian captain MS Dhoni tops the priority list of the officials of the Kolkata team.
Meanwhile, Usha Uthup would be approached for singing the team's theme song. With the league aiming to blend entertainment with some serious cricket, Bollywood and local film personalities are likely to be present at the team's home venue Eden Gardens during the matches. Six stages are to be set up beside the ground for song and dance programmes.

Lee keen on Indian Premier League

Pace bowler Brett Lee added his voice to the growing chorus of Australian players keen to play in the inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League in April.
Lee is extremely popular in India and joined Adam Gilchrist and Australian captain Ricky Ponting in recent days in expressing his desire to be part of the IPL.
However, Cricket Australia (CA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India are yet to reach agreement on the tournament, which could clash with Australia's scheduled tour of Pakistan in March-April. CA, which has all its leading players on annual contracts, has expressed reservations about possible sponsorship clashes, but Lee said here Saturday that he hoped the issue would be resolved.
The issue might be causing some angst, but it hasn't affected the form of the Australians, who disposed of Sri Lanka in emphatic fashion in their tri-series clash at the SCG on Friday, winning by 128 runs. The Australians renew their rivalry with India in a day-night clash at the MCG on Sunday and Lee said they were looking to maintain their momentum.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.