• In the wake of the dramatic axing of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings’ XI Punjab from the Indian Premier League, various franchises have been vocalizing their anguish, none more openly than industrialist Vijay Mallya.

    Almost immediately after the news broke, the Royal Challengers, Bangalore, boss posted on his Twitter stream the following message:

    “Wonder if the franchisees are serious stakeholders whose investments and participation are respected, or are they slaves who only come and play."

    In this connection, two SMSes sent out by Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary N Srinivasan, who is also co-owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, is startling.

    The first, sent from his cellphone to one particular franchise, reads:

    “As we have been saying. Please align yourself with us. Or everyone will get the same taste of the medicine we have given today to RR and Kxip. Owners should not think they are above the Bcci”

    The follow up message, sent to the same franchise, reads:

    “You

    Read More »from BCCI to Franchise: Shut up or Else!
  • It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment - MS Dhoni

    Indian Premier League champions - the deserving Chennai Super Kings lifted the Champions League Twenty20 trophy in Johannesburg. They clearly saved their best for the semi-finals and the finals to show who the 'King' is. Among the three IPL teams at the Champions League, Chennai with help from seniors like Fleming, Hayden, Muralitharan and Hussey continued their winning spree with Dhoni's luck getting along.

    Youngsters in the company of men grabbed almost all the prizes to be taken. Vijay took the Golden Bat for scoring most number of runs. Ashwin got the Golden Wickets for the most number of scalps and was also adjudged Man of the Series.

    I would also like to congratulate Warriors for making it to the finals and especially their skipper Davy Jacobs for his spirited leadership. The man of few and straight words went

    Read More »from ‘Kings’ Set For Bigger Battle
  • In my own honest personal view, yes, I think age would come into account in these matters - Haroon Lorgat

    The above mentioned quote comes from ICC's CEO Haroon Lorgat - echoing the voice of former England captain Michael Atherton - that the 18-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer was too young to be banned for life, if found guilty in the 'spot-fixing' scam.

    One of the brightest talents to emerge from Pakistan in the last few years, Aamer may have the case for leniency with 'tender' age on his side - but it is not the young pacer that worries cricket lovers but the tragic problem that has hit cricket.

    Cricket has been plagued by another 'fixing' controversy since South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was banned for life 10 years ago and International Cricket Council has done little, almost nothing, actually, to clean the mess.

    The ICC anti-corruption unit is not really working, that's totally to do with the ICC, so they really need to step in and really get to the bottom of it,

    Read More »from Does Aamer Have a Case For Leniency? Nah!

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