January 19, 2010

The IPL Player Auction Round Up

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:51 pm by techtwist

There was a lot of drama today during the player auction and there were many surprises in store for everyone. So many unexpected twists happened and here is a summary of the auction.

Kings XI Punjab : They started the bid with a budget of $675,000 as they had already brought the West Indian batsman Adrian Barath outside the auction. They went hard to get Keiron Pollard and Kemar Roach. But they had to give up once the bids went outside their budget. At the end, they brought Yusuf Abdulla for the base price of $50,000 and then out-bid Bangalore to purchase Mohammad Kaif.

Delhi Daredevils : They started of cautiously and in fact didn’t bid for any player in the first pool. When the second round started, they straight away fought for Wayne Parnell. They competed with Deccan Chargers and out-bid them to buy Parnell for $610,000. Parnell is the third costliest South African player. Delhi Daredevils tried getting Kaif for the remaining amount, but they were out-bid by Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians : They started aggressively and went on to buy Keiron Pollard after the tie-breaker. They brought him for an undisclosed amount which is estimated at about $3 million. They had competition from Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkatta. They later brought the U-19 Indian player Harshal Patel. Nita Ambani admitted that it was a plan to rope in a batting all-rounder and thats why they went all out.

Chennai Super Kings : They went into almost all the top bids but found themselves out played by the other franchises. It was pretty clear that they were searching for a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff. They tried bidding for Shane Bond, Kemar Roach, Keiron Pollard and also Eoin Morgan. But they got none. They finally recalled Justin kemp into the bid and got him for a base price of $100,000 and then also signed up Thissara Perera for $50,000. There were no competitors for these players.

Deccan Chargers : They were very calculative with their bidding. They tried hard to secure players like Shane Bond, Keiron Pollard and Wayne Parnell. But they didn’t succeed. They successfully got Kemar Roach after keeping Chennai and Punjab at bay. They brought hime for $720,000. This left them with $30,000 in the budget and they never took part any further. They finally brought the Indian U-19 player Harmeet Singh who was a part of their team the last time around. He was brought for 800,000 INR.

Kolkatta Knight Riders : They were another team who was playing the waiting game. They had earlier released Ricky Ponting to free up a slot for foreign player. They tried hard to secure Keiron Pollard but lost him in the tie-breaker. They pressed hard and went on to secure Shane Bond by ousting their competitors in the tie-breaker. Since they ran out of budget, they never took part further.

Bangalore Royal Challengers : They played a rather subdued hand. They intially tried hard for Pollard, Bond, Parnell and Roach. But then they slowly gave up before out-bidding Chennai to sign up Eoin Morgan for $220,000. Then they tried to secure Kaif but failed. They got a chance to choose an U-19 player first and they picked up the U-19 skipper Ashok Menaria for 800,000 INR.

Rajasthan Royals : Just like the bidding in the first year, they played very slow. They had bought Rob Quiney which left a spot open. They never went in for any big names on the list. Rather byt he time they placed their first bid, most of them were out of budget. They later went on to sign-up ex-Australian cricketer Damien Martyn for a base price of $100,000 and then also bought Adam Voges for $50,000. They didn’t go for any other options and left $600,000 unused.

THE SHOCKERS!!! – None of the Pakistani players were signed up by the franchises. Even Afridi wasn’t picked up. Doug Bollinger also never got a bid despite some good performances in the recent times. Same thing applies to Phil Hughes. I also expected bids for Graeme Swann who also went unsold.

August 25, 2008

Why Postpone Champions Trophy???

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:59 pm by techtwist

Whats the whole point in rescheduling the Champions Trophy to October 2009? What have they ( ICC, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan ) achieved by it? I don’t see a point in this. Five of the eight participating nations pulled out of the tournament and I’m wondering what else stopped them from shifting the venue. ICC has gone in favour of the Asian nations here which I feel is fairly unfair.

What this has done is that it has opened a new channel for more speculations and all the onus will be on Pakistan to prove that they are safe enough to host the tournament next year. So even a small problem there will be looked at all possible angles which will make many eye brows to raise as there are chances that Sri Lanka might be chosen as the host next year. Whats the whole point waiting?

Instead, ICC should have taken a few more steps to ensure that they convince the teams about the security measures in Pakistan. Pakistan did a good job while hosting the Asia Cup a month ago. There’s no doubt about it. But when the players feel uncomfortable touring the nation, there is no point pushing it any further.

This makes me think about what else Pakistan should do to prove that they are safe enough to host the tournament. Even after this, when the teams aren’t mentally ready to play, a change of venue would have been a better option rather than postponing the tournament for the next year which will again lead to many more changes in the calender for a few nations and also pack the year with Cricket.

August 23, 2008

Marshall Breaks Twelve Year Old Record With Twelve Hits

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , at 9:58 pm by techtwist

Upcoming West Indian batting sensation Xavier Marshall would be a happy man with the way he has crossed a fifty plus score in the ODI’s for the first time in his career. He blazed away to an unbeaten 157 that saw the West Indies beat Canada by 49 runs. In due course, he broke the twelve year old record of 11 sixes in an innings hit by the Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya and after six months equalled by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. Marshall should be a happy man to be among the elite league though this has come against a lesser strong opposition.

August 13, 2008

Champions Trophy 2008 Schedule

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:27 pm by techtwist

Amidst many confusion, Pakistan has been given a green signal to go ahead wih the Champions Trophy though there seems to be a hiccup or two. It has been finalised that Rawalpindi, Shoaib Akthar’s home town will not host any matches due to the recent terrorist activities in the city off late. The opening ceremony has also been postponed by a day to September 12 from the scheduled September 11. Check out below for the Schedule :

Fri 12 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group A – Pakistan v West Indies
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Sat 13 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group A – Australia v India
National Stadium, Karachi
Sun 14 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group B – England v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Sun 14 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group B – South Africa v New Zealand
National Stadium, Karachi
Mon 15 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group A – Pakistan v Australia
National Stadium, Karachi
Tue 16 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group B – South Africa v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Wed 17 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group B – England v New Zealand
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Thu 18 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group A – India v West Indies
National Stadium, Karachi
Fri 19 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group B – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Sat 20 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group A – Pakistan v India
National Stadium, Karachi
Sun 21 Floodlit Match
14:15 local, 09:15 GMT
Group A – Australia v West Indies
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Sun 21 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
Group B – England v South Africa
National Stadium, Karachi
Wed 24 Floodlit Match
14:45 local, 09:45 GMT
1st Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
National Stadium, Karachi
25th Reserve Day
Fri 26 Floodlit Match
14:00 local, 09:00 GMT
2nd Semi-Final – TBC v TBC
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
27th Reserve Day
Sun 28 Floodlit Match
14:00 local, 09:00 GMT
Final – TBC v TBC
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
29th Reserve Day

May 31, 2008

Punter Joins 10,000 League

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:05 pm by techtwist

Ricky Ponting became the seventh batsman to score 10,000+ runs in Test Matches. He is the third Australian after Allan Border and Steve Waugh to join this elite league. He is also the second highest centurion in Test Matches. He achieved this feat in front of a small crowd at Sir Vivian Richards Ground and that was a sort of dampener to this wonderful occasion. Just compare this with the way the crowd celebrated when Rahul Dravid achieved the same feat against South Africa in Chennai.

But Ricky Ponting didn’t make it as memorable and fell after adding four more runs to the tally. He has scored most of his runs batting at No.3 and admitted that this move helped him to achieve whatever he has. He is one marvelous batsman to look at when in full bloom.

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