Indian Premier League - IPL
Indian Premier League Cricket News October 2007
Ponting likely to join Indian Premier League
Oct 29, 2007Australia captain Ricky Ponting said on Monday that he and up to seven other players from Down Under were likely to sign up for the Indian Cricket Board's new Twenty20 competition next year.
"There are a few things from what I saw in the contracts and everything that need to be worked out and smoothed over before all of us sign but I think it will happen," Ponting told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "It's a very lucrative thing at the moment and a very attractive thing for four to six weeks out of your year." Vice-captain Adam Gilchrist on Sunday became the first Australian player to confirm his participation in the league, ABC said.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India is trying to squash a rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) series by setting up its own league, backed by the International Cricket Council and supported by boards around the world. Both set-ups have promised an array of world-class players, with the BCCI's Indian Premier League saying it has signed on Test captains Graeme Smith of South Africa, Daniel Vettori of New Zealand, Shoaib Malik of Pakistan and the entire Indian team. The best the ICL has managed so far are retired international stars, headed by West Indian great Brian Lara and Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq, along with a slew of domestic has-beens.
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik joins Indian Premier League
Oct 20, 2007Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik along with fellow batsman Younus Khan and fast bowler Mohammad Asif have joined the official Indian Premier League (IPL).
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum is also the IPL's latest signing. "Malik, Khan, Asif and McCullum signed up with the IPL, taking the number of international cricketers to 29," BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi was quoted as saying to espnstar.com. South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, New Zealand paceman Jacob Oram and Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar have also agreed to play in the league.
Five South African players sign up for Indian Premier League
Oct 19, 2007Captain Graeme Smith and four other South Africans are among 10 current internationals to have signed up for the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played next year, organisers said on Tuesday.
Building on the national team's Twenty20 World Cup triumph, the Indian cricket board is to launch its own multi-million dollar professional Twenty20 league, the IPL. It will counter a rival Twenty20 league which has attracted a number of big names but has come under pressure after the board refused to give it approval. Batsmen Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Ashwell Prince and rising all-rounder Albie Morkel are the other South African cricketers to sign up along with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori and all-rounder Scott Styris.
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who was linked to the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) earlier, West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sri Lankan paceman Chaminda Vaas and retired Australian batsman Justin Langer have also signed up. The Indian board said last month the league would be played in April next year with $3 million in prize money and eight teams to be bought by franchisees.
Each franchise would have a playing squad of sixteen comprising BCCI registered players drawn from a central pool of Indian players and designated players, who could be contracted players from the Indian national team or the overseas pool. National boards also jointly announced a Champions Twenty20 league from next year offering $5 million in prize money and featuring two finalists each from leagues in India, Australia, South Africa and England.
Eight Sri Lankans, including skipper Mahela Jayawardene and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, had signed up earlier. Retired Australian stalwarts Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne have opted for the official Indian version which will also feature New Zealand's Stephen Fleming and India's Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble.
PCB official visits India to study IPL structure
Oct 19, 2007A Pakistan Cricket Board official will visit India to study the model of BCCI's Indian Premier League (IPL), set to be launched next year.
PCB Director, Marketing and Communications, Ehsan Hameed Malik, will attend a couple of presentations to be made by the IPL organisers in a bid to help the PCB launch its own league.
"We are planning to launch our own league as soon as possible and believe that a lot could be learnt from the IPL project," Malik was quoted as saying by 'The News' on Thursday. Malik, however, declined that Pakistan's Twenty20 league would be a replica of the IPL. "We will certainly incorporate some features already existing in the IPL, but our league will not be an exact copy of it. We will get a chance to make it a different yet successful event by following IPL," he said.
The BCCI will host the IPL in April next year. The league will be a franchise-model where corporates and sponsors will be allowed to buy and run teams. Player buy-outs will be an added feature, something that cricket is not accustomed to. The top four teams will make the semifinals with the winners contesting in the championship match of the event that will have a prize basket of US$ 3 million.
Eleven more top players join Indian Premier league
Oct 10, 2007The Indian Premier League (IPL), the BCCI's ambitious cash-rich venture, today announced the signing of eleven more international cricketers to play in the inaugural Twenty20 championship in April next year. Building on its repertoire of hiring some of the best international cricketing talent to play in the IPL, the League has signed up the likes of current South African Captain Graeme Smith and New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori. South African opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs, Pakistani middle order batsman Mohammed Yousuf, West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Sri Lankan paceman Chaminda Vaas were among those who joined the high-profile league, seen as a counter to Subhash Chandra-owned Essel Group's Indian Cricket League (ICL).
Pollock, Akhtar, Oram sign up for Indian Premier league
Oct 16, 2007South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, his New Zealand counterpart Jacob Oram and Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar have signed up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 series, organisers said on Tuesday.
Their inclusion takes to 25 the number of other foreign players who have committed themselves to the lucrative league due to start next April. The IPL, with $3 million prize money, was launched by the Indian cricket board in September with support from other national boards to counter an unofficial version planned from next month.
The inaugural edition will feature eight teams to be bought by franchisees, with plans to double the field by 2010. Those already signed up include retired Australian bowling stalwarts Shane Warne and Glen McGarth, New Zealand's Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming, Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya, South Africa's Graeme Smith and Pakistan batsman Mohammed Yousuf.
Each IPL franchise would have a squad of sixteen, which would comprise local players, juniors, members of the Indian national squad and overseas professionals.
Shoaib Akhtar to join Indian Premier league
Oct 09, 2007Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar is set to play for a recognised Indian league next year, saying he has sought permission from Pakistan's cricket authorities.
"I have been approached by the Indian Premier League (IPL) and I have applied for permission from the Pakistan Cricket Board to sign the contract," Akhtar told on Saturday. "I always liked the Indian crowd and have always loved to play in India. Hopefully I will be in the Pakistan team for next month's tour there and will also play in the league," he added.
Akhtar faces disciplinary action for hitting teammate Mohammad Asif with a bat a few days before the Twenty20 world championships in South Africa last month. The maverick bowler, who was sent home following the incident, has appeared before a three-man committee, which is likely to announce its decision later Saturday.
The IPL a Twenty20 competition scheduled to be launched next April was set up by Indian authorities to rival the breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), which is being bankrolled by India's largest media group. The IPL sanctioned by the International Cricket Council will offer three million dollars in prize money and feature eight franchises participating in a 56-game season.
The top four teams will then face off in the semi-finals, with the winners contesting the championship match. Akhtar was offered a contract to play for the ICL, which he declined after Pakistan officials warned that any player signing with the rebel league would be ineligible to represent the national team.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has backed the IPL and announced that star batsmen Mohammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq -- who both signed for the ICL last month -- will play for the IPL. Yousuf last week cancelled his contract with the ICL, making himself available to play for Pakistan. He was included in the team for the first Test against South Africa in Karachi, but had to pull out at the last minute due to lack of match fitness. The multi-million dollar rebel ICL, which plans to hold Twenty20 tournaments between city teams for the next three years, has been unable to fix a date for the first event, which was originally supposed to take place in October.