Indian Premier League - IPL
Indian Premier League Cricket News March 2008
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar roped in as brand ambassador for IPL Delhi team
Mar 31, 2008Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar signed on as the brand ambassador for Indian Premier League's (IPL) Delhi Daredevils team at New Delhi on Monday.
"I belong to Delhi and this my team. I always like cricket and I am a firm believer in sportsman spirit," said Akhsay. Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag and players Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Asif and Shoaib Malik were present at the glittering ceremony.
IPL will have worldwide impact: Warne
Mar 30, 2008Spin wizard Shane Warne, who will captain Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), feels the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza will be a huge boost for cricket.
"It is not a case of putting the Indian Premier League before my county. Yes, I am excited about coaching and captaining the Rajasthan Royals and I believe that the IPL will give a huge boost to cricket worldwide," Warne wrote in his weekly column in The Times. Warne, who retired from county cricket Friday, said IPL was not the only reason behind his decision to quit playing first-class cricket and he had several other engagements to take care of.
"I am giving it (IPL) my full commitment, but that was only part of the decision. Giving up first-class cricket is a really tough decision. It is something you only do once, so I thought long and hard before ending my Hampshire career.
"The county has been my second home for close to a decade, but the more I looked at my schedule for the rest of this year, the more obvious it seemed to be the way to go."
Charting out his priorities for the next year, Warne said: "The IPL spans more than six weeks even without preparation time. I also have six one-week engagements with World Series Poker and half a dozen sponsors with activities over the year, as well as fund-raising work for the Shane Warne Foundation."
IPL money will give players stability: Pawar
Mar 23, 2008Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar is amused by the raging debate on whether India's cricket stars are being paid too much money under his stewardship, which has seen the launch of Indian Premier League (IPL) in which many cricketers hit the jackpot.
Big money is not going to spoil the country's young cricketers, he argues, saying "the money will provide stability to their lives and help them perform better."
Kingfisher Airlines is Umpire Partner of the DLF Indian Premier League
Mar 21, 2008The DLF Indian Premier League announced that Kingfisher Airlines has bagged the rights to being the Official Umpire Partner for the league and will also sponsor all Third Umpire decisions during the fifty nine action packed games in the DLF Indian Premier League.
The Umpire Partnership deal is worth Rs. 106 crores for a five year period. As per the agreement, Kingfisher Airlines will receive branding on the Umpires' Uniform including their shirts and hats during the DLF IPL, along with several other activation opportunities around the property .
Lalit Modi, Chairman and Commissioner, DLF Indian Premier League said, "I am very pleased to have the country's premier 5-star airline Kingfisher join us as the Umpire Partner in an exclusive five-year deal. Kingfisher Airlines has a long association with a variety of sports at both the domestic and international level including Tennis, Formula 1, Polo and now Cricket. Their decision bears testimony to the fact that the DLF Indian Premier League is here to stay and is set to carve out a distinct niche for itself in the international cricket calendar." Dr. Vijay Mallya, Chairman & CEO, Kingfisher Airlines said, "We are delighted to extend our partnership with the DLF Indian Premier League with Kingfisher Airlines coming in as the official Umpire Partner. Our five-year association with the DLF Indian Premier League is further testimony of our commitment to building the Kingfisher Airlines brand through sports. The DLF Indian Premier League is a highly innovative concept and the Twenty20 format will undoubtedly take cricket's popularity to a new high. Kingfisher Airlines will present the DLF IPL umpires in a completely new and modern style while retaining their critical role in the sport."
Earlier Leading sports broadcaster Sony Max & World Sport Group had bagged DLF Indian Premier League's global media and production rights for USD $ 1.026 billion. The exclusive Franchise rights for the eight city league were won by ShahRukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders, Preity Zinta's & Ness Wadia's (Mohali), the Mumbai Indians, GMR's Delhi Daredevils, UB Group's The Royal Challengers of Bangalore, Indian Cements - Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chronicle's - Hyderabad Chargers and Emerging Media's Jaipur Royals. The DLF Indian Premier League is ready to kick off on April 18, with some high voltage action expected between ShahRukh Khan's Kolkata Knight Riders and Dr. Vijay Mallya's Royal Challengers of Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The DLF Indian Premier League will feature eight Franchises and will run for 44 days. Each Franchise will play others on a home and away basis with 7 matches at home. The top 4 Franchises in the league will contest the semi finals and the victorious semi finalists will meet in the Grand Final all over one weekend, which will be played out in Mumbai.
The inaugural season of the DLF Indian Premier League will showcase a grand total of 59 matches providing broadcasters and in-stadia spectators with 177 hours of live "family entertainment", which will also be viewed by a significant international audience. All matches will be during late afternoon and evening to coincide with prime time for television and providing a convenient time for the stadium audience.
IPL's official beverage partner Pepsi pours in $12.5 million
Mar 13, 2008PepsiCo India has signed a $12.5-million deal with Lalit Modi-promoted Indian Premier League for five years as the event’s official beverage partner. Sources said IPL is expected to sell more slots such as travel and hotel partners, but on a cost basis, the details of which are being worked out.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed PepsiCo’s association with IPL as beverage partner. PepsiCo India EVP marketing Sandeep Singh Arora maintained: “We are in negotiations with IPL towards the beverage sponsorship deal.” But a BCCI official said: “PepsiCo has acquired pouring rights for the IPL for $2.5 million per annum, for a five-year period.”
The money will be split among IPL’s eight franchisee owners of the Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mohali, Jaipur and Hyderabad teams and not the IPL management. This is in contrast to all earlier IPL sponsorships, in which the IPL promoters have been beneficiaries of the deals. The move will strengthen PepsiCo’s association with cricket. PepsiCo has already committed about $60 million to the International Cricket Council (ICC) as one of its global sponsors for an eight-year period (2007-15). Unlike rival Coca-Cola, PepsiCo has associated itself with international and domestic cricket in a big way.
Considering that the title sponsorship for IPL was bought by real estate major DLF for Rs 200 crore for a five-year term, PepsiCo’s pouring rights deal is big money. In addition, two-wheeler company Hero Honda has also signed up as a co-sponsor. IPL is looking at six co-sponsors, including Hero Honda. IPL is currently talking to players in categories such as insurance, telecom, banking, automobile and retail, all of which are expected to be closed next week.
Brett Lee might play in IPL
Mar 13, 2008Brett Lee has admitted he isn't ruling out playing in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition now that Australia's tour of Pakistan has been postponed.
The pace bowler said while the decision is up to Cricket Australia, it's a good opportunity to get back on the field ahead of the tour of West Indies in May. "The most important thing is to play some cricket prior to the West Indies tour coming up," he said. "The hardest thing would be to play the Pura Cup final here, to have an opportunity to have a few weeks off and not play cricket, and then go straight into a test series in the West Indies, (that) would be pretty tough on the body." Lee will line up for New South Wales this weekend in the Pura Cup final against Victoria.
Tatenda Taibu Set to Join Indian Premier League
Mar 12, 2008Former Zimbabwe cricket captain Tatenda Taibu is the only Zimbabwe player expected to play in the Indian Premier League next month.
Taibu yesterday confirmed that he will be leaving for the Asian cricket league next month and added that he is honoured to be playing amongst the world's greatest players. Taibu will join the Kolkata franchise on April 11 having played some matches in Zimbabwe's domestic Twenty20, which gets underway next week.
However, because the Logan Cup, the country's first-class competition, has been rescheduled to start on April 17, Taibu will miss all the matches. It will be Taibu's second flirtation with cricket in the subcontinent as he previously played in Bangladesh when he joined some of the ZC rebels following differences with the local cricket mother body
Taibu's move to India among other things is what the ZC took into consideration as they rescheduled their Logan Cup fixtures which were originally scheduled to start on March 12. This means that the inter-provincial Twenty20 event -- set for Harare next week -- will now be staged first as Zimbabwe prepare for South African Standard Bank Twenty20 tournament.
The inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament was initially pencilled in for the beginning of February, only to be cancelled at the last minute.
Mascarenhas becomes first English player in IPL
Mar 12, 2008England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas on Tuesday became the first player from his country to become eligible to play in the Cricket Board-promoted Indian Premier League when he was bought at the second players' auction by the Jaipur team for USD 100,000.
No England player was available to the eight franchise owners who splurged millions of USD to buy top international players contracted to the IPL at the first players' auction held last month.
"Mascarenhas approached us and we told him to get an NOC from his home board. Since he's not a contracted English player with the ECB, he got permission of the Hampshire county. I also spoke to the ECB chairman and he was cleared for the auction," said IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi. "We will follow the same procedure for other England players too if and when they are available," Modi explained at the end of the second auction in which 14 overseas players went under the hammer.
Australian all rounder James Hopes, who was a member of the squad that lost to India in the best of three triangular series finals and kept the hosts in the hunt till the end in the closely fought second finals at Brisbane on March 4, fetched the highest prize of USD 300,000 and was bought by the Mohali team owned by Preity Zinta and Ness Wadia. Fourteen members of the under 19 World Cup-winning team were also sold to the franchises through a "draft" procedure.
Mohali also bought Western Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach for a base price of USD 50,000. The second-best price at the auction was fetched by South African batsman Ashwell Prince who was bought by the Mumbai team to be led by Sachin Tendulkar.
Modi said that even after the second round of auctions, some teams were left with varying amounts from the USD 5 million cap ranging from Jaipur's 1.4 million to Mohali's 2,500 USD. "The final list of all the eight teams (for the April 18-June 1 first edition) would be announced on March 18," Modi announced.
The BCCI Vice president sounded happy, from IPL's viewpoint, that following the cancellation of the Australian tour to Pakistan the players from these countries would be available for more number of matches. "It's very positive as far as we're concerned that Australian and Pakistan players would be available to play in the IPL", he said.
Modi also clarified that all under 19 players who have played Ranji Trophy would be paid USD 50,000 while those who have not done so would get USD 30,000. Significantly Mohd Yousuf, one of the Pakistan team's middle order mainstays, was ignored for the second successive auction as apparently no franchise wants to get into a legal imbroglio. Yousuf, who is fighting a legal battle with the rival Indian Cricket League, will be paid his contracted amount by the IPL if he remains unsold, Modi clarified.