Pakistan should learn from Srilanka

September 26, 2008

Legendary Pakistani Cricketer Inzamam-Ul Haq aka Inzy has told PCB (Pakistan cricket Board) to take some lessons from Srilanka Cricket on ICL (Indian Cricket League) issue.

It is interesting that Srilanka Cricket board has lifted the ban from the rebel Cricketer who has joined Zee promoted Unofficial T20 cricket league as called by BCCI.
This is a major setback to BCCI and ICC as this two monopolistic bodies are trying to suppress the ICL.

BCCI fears that if this ICL has been recognized then they will loose their monopoly over the game and they will no longer rule the game.

But the good news is that slowly the cricket boards of different countries are accepting ICL and recognizing it and they are not going the ICC or BCCI way to suppress the competition in the market. They all think that this is a great initiative by Zee to promote the game and will benefit it game in both the short and long term.

Inzy told PCB that its time for Pakistan Cricket Board to decide what they want to do, they should not do those things which are decided by BCCI or ICC. He further advocated that cricket is the livelihood for all the players and joining ICL is not a crime.

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All new Trading season for IPL T20 cricket tournament

September 24, 2008

THE MARKED MEN

From 15/12/08 to 15/01/09 there will be transfer season for Indian Premier League. Experts are predicting that many players will be kicked out while many other will be welcomed. Here is the list of most favorite player who could command a multiple times better price then what they were bought in the last year of IPL T20 cricket tournament.

Top Draw for IPL this year

SHAUN MARSH
Purchase price: $30,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team: Team Mohali
Expectations: Very little
Performance: Outstanding.
STATS: M: 11, Runs: 616, HS: 115, Avg: 68.44, SR: 139.68, 100:1, 50:5

GAUTAM GAMBHIR
Purchase price: $725,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team: Delhi Daredevils
Expectations: Pretty high
Performance: Absolutely sizzling
STATS: M: 14, Runs: 534, HS: 86, Avg: 41.07, SR: 140.89, 100:0, 50:5

SANATH JAYASURIYA
Purchase price: $975,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Mumbai Indians
Expectations: was the team’s most expensive player.
Performance: Mind-boggling
STATS: M: 14, Runs: 514, HS: 114*, Avg: 42.83, SR: 166.34, 100:1, 50:2

SHANE WATSON
Purchase price: $125,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Jaipur
Expectations: Modest
Performance: Easily the most valuable player of the tournament
STATS: M: 15, Runs: 472, HS: 76*, Avg: 47.20, SR: 151.764, 100:0, 50:4
W: 17, BB: 3-10, Avg: 22.52, Econ: 7.07

GRAEME SMITH
Purchase price: $475,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Jaipur
Expectations: Besides captain-coach Shane Warne and Younis khan, he was the only other star in the team.
Performance: Fabulous
STATS: M: 15, Runs: 472, HS: 76*, Avg: 47.20, SR: 151.764, 100:0, 50:4

SOHAIL TANVIR
Purchase price: $100,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Jaipur
Expectations: Not very many.
Performance: Simply deadly.
STATS: M: 11, W: 22, BB: 6-14, Avg: 12.09, Econ: 6.46

RAHUL DRAVID
Purchase price: An icon player, he was paid $1, 035,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Royal Challengers, Bangalore
Expectations: Strong and strategic leadership and consistent batting.
Achievements: Batted well, but was disappointing as a captain
Performance: Fabulous
STATS: M: 14, Runs: 371, HS: 75*, Avg: 28.53, SR: 124.49, 100:0, 50:2, 4S-35, 6S-11, Balls Faced-298.

THE DUDS

ANIL KUMBLE
Purchase price: $500,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Royal Challengers, Bangalore
Expectations: To bowl his four overs economically and keep a lid on the run rate.
Achievements: Poor
The Road Ahead: Fabulous.
STATS: M: 10, Over: 38.2, Maidens: 0, Runs: 304, Wkts: 7, Best 3/14 Avg: 43.42,ER-7.93, SR: 32.8.


WASIM JAFFER
Purchase price: $150,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Royal Challengers, Bangalore
Expectations: Not many
Achievements: Not many either.
The Road Ahead: Could be traded off
STATS: M: 6, Runs: 115, HS: 50 Avg: 19.16, SR: 110.57, 100:0, 50:0, 4S-12, 6S-3, Balls Faced-104

STEPHEN FLEMING
Purchase price: $350,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Chennai
Expectations: Come up with ideas and strategies to help Dhoni. Bat consistently at the top.
Achievements: Didn’t do either of them and missed the first six games as the Aussies were around..
The Road Ahead: Can be traded
STATS: M: 10, Runs: 196, HS: 45 Avg: 21.77, SR: 118.78, 100:0, 50:0, 4S-27, 6S-3, Balls Faced-165

VVS LAXMAN
Purchase price: $375,000
IPL T20 Cricket Team : Hyderabad
Expectations: A cerebral cricketer.
Achievements: Captained Poorly.
The Road Ahead: Laxman is not fit for T 20 cricket and he could be used as a talent spotter or promotional activities.
STATS: M: 6, Runs: 155, HS: 52 Avg: 31.00, SR: 117.42, 100:0, 50:0, 4S-22, 6S-1, Balls Faced-132

Indian Premier League to be worth $7 million

September 23, 2008

The franchises of famous yet controversial T20 cricket league, the IPL are expected to have enough money to play around with and change the very look and composition of their respective teams.

The IPL’s governing council, which surprised many by offering to raise the $5 million-cap on buying players after a meeting on Tuesday, is planning to increase the stakes quite substantially. According to sources, it might go up by as much as two million dollars.

As per initial indications, the IPL is expected to take the buying limit to $7 million for the coming season. “It could be $1.5 million or even $2 million. Basically, we are looking at taking into account the inflation rate of 15% and more,” a senior cricket board official said.

“It will all, however, depend on the franchisees,” he added. Interestingly, all the IPL teams might not be keen on taking the cap up. IPL T20 cricket’s Team Jaipur, Kolkata and Mohali have given enough hints that they don’t want to expenses to go off the roof.

Also, it must be remembered that the IPL teams have signed up most of the players for three years. That the teams have signed up most of the players for three years. That means to buy additional resources they will need to have more money at their disposal.

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