Friday, 24 June 2016

BCCI announces mini IPL for September

BCCI is going ahead with the mini-IPL in the time window they got after Champions League T20 was scrapped from the calendar.

BCCI has decided to host a shortened version of the IPL overseas every September, starting this year, branding it the "mini IPL" or "IPL overseas". BCCI president Anurag Thakur said the final dates and format will be announced in due course.

"In the month of September, the BCCI is willing to host a mini IPL or IPL overseas with all the eight teams participating," Thakur said at the end of the board's working committee meeting in Dharamsala on Friday. "[It will be] a shorter format, not home and away matches but a lesser number of matches; in a two-week window we will be able to complete it."

“Space can be created on the cricket calendar because the T20 Champions League has been scrapped. We are proposing that all eight teams participate in the mini-IPL. The venue has not been finalised but the US is one of the options,” said the official, on condition of anonymity.

At the meeting, the BCCI also decided to pass the proposal to hold Ranji Trophy games at neutral venues in the coming season, and replace the state-based domestic T20 tournament - the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - with a zonal-based competition. A release issued after the meeting also said the board will have a separate marketing budget in the coming season to "popularise" Test cricket.

Monday, 13 June 2016

IPL 2017 might be played outside India, claims BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur

IPL 2016 started with controversies even before the first ball could be bowled. First, reputed commentator Harsha Bhogle’s IPL contract was terminated. Second, PILs were filed regarding hosting of IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra.

The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had revealed today that the members of the Indian Premier League governing council will deliberate over whether the ipl 2017 edition can be held abroad.

"The IPL governing council will be looking at the venues in India and abroad. We have to check the availability of the venues and prevailing conditions," Thakur told a select gathering of journalists during an interaction at the BCCI's Delhi headquarters today.

The IPL has been held abroad twice till date due to the assembly level elections that were happening at the same time. In 2009, the entire IPL was shifted to South Africa while in 2014, it was shifted to the UAE for the first 15 days.

BCCI treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary had tweeted four days back: "Very soon IPL may be played outside the country, if this goes on. Loss to the GDP would not be insignificant."

There is a school of thought that if there is a drop in revenue and players take a pay-cut, the BCCI will then be compelled to allow them to ply their trade in foreign T20 leagues like the 'Big Bash', Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bangladesh Premier League, to name a few.

In another move, the BCCI is mulling on having a commentators' academy where those who would aspire a career behind the microphone will get to hone their skills.

"We are planning to have a commentators' academy where interested youngsters who want to take up the profession will be able to hone their skills. And it will cater to various regional languages. We have seen how Virender Sehwag's commentary has struck a chord with the cricket lovers during the recently-concluded World T20," said Thakur.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

[PDF] ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Schedule Download

The schedule of upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been announced today via the International Cricket Council (ICC) in london. Eight teams will be playing 15 matches over 18 days at three different venues in England & Wales.

As the groups were announced, India and Pakistan both ended up in the same group. In Group B, India and Pakistan are joined by Sri Lanka and South Africa. In Group A, Australia, England, New Zealand, and Bangladesh are the teams.

Two of cricket's traditional rivalries will be on show in the 2017 Champions Trophy, with hosts England and Australia in Group A, and India and Pakistan in Group B. Group A also contains New Zealand, which means a trans-Tasman clash as well in the first round.

The opening game of the tournament is between England and Bangladesh on June 1. Cardiff, The Oval and Edgbaston are the venues for the event, which comprises 15 matches in 18 days, with the final at The Oval on June 18.

Arch-rivals, India and Pakistan will be locking horns on June 4 at Edgbaston in Birmingham and is set to be a tasty affair.

The 18-day tournament will run from June 1 to 18 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London.

The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals, which will be played at Cardiff and Edgbaston on June 14 and 15 respectively, with The Oval hosting the final.

There will be a reserve day for the final.

Announcing the schedule, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The ICC Champions Trophy is a short and sharp event, which is followed and enjoyed by the spectators and players alike.

“The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is not just an ODI competition, it carries a great deal of value since it is being played just three months before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 qualification cut-off date. As such, every point earned here could be crucial.”

In the 2013 event, India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-reduced match at Edgbaston and then went on to beat England by five runs at the same venue to win their second ICC Champions Trophy title.

[PDF] ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Schedule Download

Champions Trophy 2017 Fixtures 

Group A: Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand 
Group B: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka

Event schedule:

Match timings - Day matches will start at 10.30 AM (UK time) (GMT+1), while day/night matches will start at 1.30 PM (UK time)

June 1 – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (d)
June 2 – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d)
June 3 – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 4 – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (d)
June 5 – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (d/n)
June 6 – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (d)
June 7 – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (d/n)
June 8 – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (d)
June 9 – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (d)
June 10 – England v Australia, Edgbaston (d)
June 11 – India v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 12 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (d)
June 14 – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (d)
June 15 – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (d)
June 18 – Final, The Oval (d)
June 19 – Reserve day (d).

Click here to download ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Schedule PDF Download

ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 30 September 2015, top 8 sides qualified for the Champions Trophy 2017)

(Read as Rank, Team, Points)
  1. Australia - 127 
  2. India - 115 
  3. South Africa - 110 
  4. New Zealand- 109 
  5. Sri Lanka - 103 
  6. England - 100 
  7. Bangladesh - 96 
  8. Pakistan- 90 
  9. West Indies - 88 
  10. Ireland - 49 
  11. Zimbabwe - 45 
  12. Afghanistan- 41
Previous Champions 

1998 - South Africa (Hosts - Bangladesh, Runner-up - West Indies) - 9 teams participated 
2000 - New Zealand (Hosts - Kenya, Runner-up - India) - 11 teams participated 
2002 - India and Sri Lanka joint winners after the final was washed out twice (including reserve day) (Hosts - Sri Lanka) - 12 teams participated 
2004 - West Indies (Hosts - England, Runner-up - England) - 12 teams participated 
2006 - Australia (Hosts - India, Runner-up - West Indies) - 10 teams participated 
2009 - Australia (Hosts - South Africa, Runner-up - New Zealand) - 8 teams participated 
2013 - India (Hosts - England, Runner-up - England) - 8 teams participated

Sunday, 29 May 2016

IPL 2016 Final RCB vs SRH Live Streaming

IPL 2016 final will take place today at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium where Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad to become the champion of IPL 9.

IPL 2016 final will be a repeat of the 2009 final that was played at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers, which is now called Sunrisers Hyderabad. The latter won a close clash as RCB lost the final by six runs.

Royal Challengers defeated Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 1 to seal a berth in the final. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, defeated two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders in the eliminator before knocking out Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 2 to make it to the final.

Virat Kohli and David Warner have been instrumental for their respective sides with the bat. The Australian's unbeaten 93 off 58 helped the Sunrisers make it to the final. It is going to be an exciting clash between these two sides in Bangalore on Sunday.

The match will start at 8:00pm Indian Standard Time.

IPL 2016 Final RCB vs SRH Live Streaming

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad:

V Kohli (Captain), VR Aaron, AN Ahmed, S Aravind, S Badree, STR Binny, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, P Dubey, CH Gayle, TM Head, Iqbal Abdulla, KM Jadhav, AK Karnewar, SN Khan, VS Malik, Mandeep Singh, AF Milne, Parvez Rasool, HV Patel, KL Rahul, KW Richardson, Sachin Baby, MA Starc, V Tokas, SR Watson, D Wiese.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad:

DA Warner (Captain), A Ashish Reddy, RK Bhui, Bipul Sharma, TA Boult, BCJ Cutting, S Dhawan, MC Henriques, DJ Hooda, S Kaul, B Kumar, A Mithun, EJG Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, A Nehra, NV Ojha, V Shankar, KV Sharma, BB Sran, TL Suman, AP Tare, KS Williamson, Yuvraj Singh.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 3:30pm BST/8pm IST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD in the UK. Set Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will telecast it in India.