IPL news December 7, 2010

Rajasthan retain Warne and Watson

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Rajasthan Royals have retained their captain Shane Warne and Australian allrounder Shane Watson ahead of the 2011 season of the IPL, a top franchise official has said. He also said they were in negotiations with a couple of Indian players ahead of the December 8 deadline for teams to nominate players they wish to keep from going into the auction. Each franchise is allowed to retain up to four players, of which no more than three can be Indian.

"We are extremely happy to have signed on Shane Warne and Shane Watson," Raghu Iyer, the Rajasthan spokesman, told ESPNcricinfo. "Both of them have been an important part of the Royals. Watson was the Player of the Tournament in the first season and Warne's leadership skills are what everybody talks about."

Rajasthan will lose $1.8 million per year from the auction pool for the first player retained and $1.3 million per year for the second player.

Warne led Rajasthan to an unlikely title in 2008, the IPL's first season. He was the league's second highest wicket-taker, with 19 wickets at an average of 21.26, while Watson scored 472 runs at an average of 47.20 and a strike-rate of 151.76, and also took 17 wickets at an average of 22.52. Both players had expressed their disappointment after Rajasthan were expelled from the IPL on October 10 by the BCCI.

The franchise responded to its termination by taking the BCCI to court, and the case went to arbitration. Last week the arbitrator, justice BN Srikrishna, issued a stay on the franchise's expulsion. He also restored all of Rajasthan's rights under the franchise agreement, including the right to take part in the player auction. While the board appealed against Srikrishna's ruling to the Bombay High Court, legal opinion suggested it will be difficult to overturn his order.

Tuesday's development would also appear to underline Srikrishna's assertion that there was "no merit" in the BCCI's counsel's contention that, even if Rajasthan was allowed to participate in the auction, there was no guarantee the players they picked would be willing to enter into contracts with it.

The original deadline for player nominations was December 6 but the Bombay High Court ruled that the BCCI should extend it to December 8 after Kings XI Punjab, the other terminated franchise, accused the board of deliberately delaying the arbitration hearings over their expulsion so the original deadline could expire. The retained players must have been part of the franchise's registered squads for the 2010 season.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • raza1234 on December 9, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    @ indianwc2011 . im an Indian too and i think IPL can never be interesting without Paksitani Players. See their T20 record, you should accept the fact that they are number one. Finalist of the first T20 World Cup, Champion of the second and Semi Finalist of the third, What more do you expect??????? Grow up man, be rational!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    @indianwc2011 i agree with u man

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Yusuf to follow i think maybe lumb or smith ??

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    @indianwc2011 why do u harbor so much hatred against KKR and SRK?Both SRK and KKr has huge fan following despite their poor run in IPL. I am an Indian and I understand the delicate relationship between us and Pakistan. But u should not bring hatred into cricket. When KKR targeted Pak players for IPL,it was a part of their game plan, nothing else. don't make foolish comments like"he could make KASAB as the coach of KKR too. "

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    @ india wc : bal thakrey also have welocmed javed mindad

  • on December 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    @khalidzia2009 There will be no pakistani players in the auction this time also

  • Raj_pandian on December 8, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    each franchise can retain one foreign player i think , but how come 2 here?????

  • rko_rules on December 8, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    I personally feels that Rajasthan should play in IPL4. they r so xciting to watch, a low rated team led by Great Shane Warne and the way they enjoy their every match is wonderful 2 watch. IPL4 without them will be like meal without salt.

  • indianwc2011 on December 8, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    @ khalidzia2009 "its better for Dada not to play match fixers, spot fixers and terrorists in the coming IPL-4. There are lots of good players all across across the globe who play righteously and are much better than IMRAN NAZIR,SHOIB AKTER AND ABDULRAZACK. but yes since its a SRK team he would definitely prefer them. If he is given powers, he could make KASAB as the coach of KKR too.

  • on December 8, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    It was mentioned earlier that Rajastan royals and Kings XI punjab will be terminated from the league. What happened to that?

  • raza1234 on December 9, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    @ indianwc2011 . im an Indian too and i think IPL can never be interesting without Paksitani Players. See their T20 record, you should accept the fact that they are number one. Finalist of the first T20 World Cup, Champion of the second and Semi Finalist of the third, What more do you expect??????? Grow up man, be rational!!!

  • on December 9, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    @indianwc2011 i agree with u man

  • on December 8, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Yusuf to follow i think maybe lumb or smith ??

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    @indianwc2011 why do u harbor so much hatred against KKR and SRK?Both SRK and KKr has huge fan following despite their poor run in IPL. I am an Indian and I understand the delicate relationship between us and Pakistan. But u should not bring hatred into cricket. When KKR targeted Pak players for IPL,it was a part of their game plan, nothing else. don't make foolish comments like"he could make KASAB as the coach of KKR too. "

  • on December 8, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    @ india wc : bal thakrey also have welocmed javed mindad

  • on December 8, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    @khalidzia2009 There will be no pakistani players in the auction this time also

  • Raj_pandian on December 8, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    each franchise can retain one foreign player i think , but how come 2 here?????

  • rko_rules on December 8, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    I personally feels that Rajasthan should play in IPL4. they r so xciting to watch, a low rated team led by Great Shane Warne and the way they enjoy their every match is wonderful 2 watch. IPL4 without them will be like meal without salt.

  • indianwc2011 on December 8, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    @ khalidzia2009 "its better for Dada not to play match fixers, spot fixers and terrorists in the coming IPL-4. There are lots of good players all across across the globe who play righteously and are much better than IMRAN NAZIR,SHOIB AKTER AND ABDULRAZACK. but yes since its a SRK team he would definitely prefer them. If he is given powers, he could make KASAB as the coach of KKR too.

  • on December 8, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    It was mentioned earlier that Rajastan royals and Kings XI punjab will be terminated from the league. What happened to that?

  • on December 8, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    similarly KKR should retain Dada and David Hussey

  • joyiscricket on December 8, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    ipl auctions should have happened after worldcup. that way indian team would have got encouragement to perform for ipl auctions at the right time. looks like kohli and pathan might be firing ahead of time.

  • on December 8, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Why no pathan??????????????????????

  • on December 8, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    and now time for both pathans......really ..watson,warne,pathan bros....waooooooo that will be an interesting.....

  • khalidzia2009 on December 8, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    wish best of luck to KKR AND DADA for IPL4 I WISH THIS TIME THEY SELECT A BETTER TEAM AND GO FOR PLAYERS LIKE IMRAN NAZIR,SHOIB AKTER AND ABDULRAZACK.

  • timohyj on December 8, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    retaining players is silly. Rajasthan payed 1.8M for Warne when they could have got him for 750K in the auction. Better to but in the auction than retain players.

  • on December 8, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Each franchise is allowed to retain up to four players, of which no more than three can be Indian. this doesn't mean that not more than one foreign players can be retained I suppose.

  • on December 8, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @ amrut "Each franchise is allowed to retain up to four players, of which no more than three can be Indian."

  • on December 8, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    "Each franchise is allowed to retain up to four players, of which no more than three can be Indian. "

    hope this answers ur question amrut

  • on December 8, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    how can they retain to overseas player wen therz a rule of retaining 1 oversea player and 3 Indian..... or the rules are changed??? can any plz temme???

  • BDHUNTER on December 8, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    I m very Happay to hear the news that warne and watson is in Royals 2011, I have a req to management of royals to pick some extra ordinary player from all over the world unlike season 2009,2010. It will be best if they can pick gilchrist ,Aron Frinch,Both pathan,Klusener who is the finisher...,and bowler like Tanvir,Ajmal,Allrounder like Shakib also...........so wait for good Auction for Royals ,I think Rajasthan Royals will rock again..............

  • on December 8, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    How can RR retain two foreigne players?? Where there is chance for retaining only one foreign player!!!!!!!!! something went wrong with it.....

  • satanswish on December 8, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    I thought Rajasthan was suspended from playing in IPL4.

  • on December 8, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    @Fareen ironically that was the last time Bangladesh has beaten India. Remember India tour of Bangladesh after that? Anyways I think atleast Shakib should be picked. He has the makings of a great alrounder. Tamim can wait for a while.

  • on December 7, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Who cares what's gonna happen with IPL. All the overseas players are here because of huge money they are getting. Otherwise, no one will bother about IPL. Folks just think about World Cup 2011 which is much bigger prize.

  • Fareen on December 7, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @moulud: mate,please don't forget the WC 2007 & what over-confidence did to India! If tamim & shakib doesn't play Ipl,then its a shame for IPL...these two can destroy anybody(remember tamims 53 vs INDIA)...

  • Fareen on December 7, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    That's cool from Rajasthan..Warne will be there in IPL 4 which is a fantastic news! Hope to see ganguly gilchrist hayden gibbs symonds and if possible..klusener too!

  • Rohan0309 on December 7, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    That's a huge amount wiped out from RR's purse of $9mn!! But then RR is known for miserly spending! I'm sure it'll be able to form a squad of 30 with whatever balance they have! :D

  • on December 7, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    @Pak_Green: Tanvir took 6 wkts agnst CSK but not in the finals..and who can forget his statement about Hinduyon ki Zehneeyat aftr being ignored for IPL3

  • on December 7, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Regarding participation of Pak players, nobody can predict what is going to happen. KKR has signed Mohd Irfan, so we can see some Pak players in IPL IV provided they get clearance from both govts. I wish the IPL-IV to take place without any glitches.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    I think that unfortunately Pak cricketers will not be a part of IPL-4 because of the recent controversies. As far as the Rajasthan is concerned, they must also retain YUSUF and maybe TAIT.YUSUF just blasted unbeaten 123 against NZ showing his good form ahead of IPL.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    They would be super fool if they don't retain pathan....their most consistant match winner

  • dinster77 on December 7, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    @Pak_green

    They would pay Sohail big money too if he's guaranteed to participate every game (barring injuries ofcourse). This is business - it's obviously not a personal decision against Sohail Tanvir or that matter for any pakistani player. Sohail Tanvir is a tremendous bowler - but if there are other issues that are stopping him from participating in the tournament - if I were the royals owner, I cannot commit a large sum of money in his favor. It's common sense.

  • moulud on December 7, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    No Paki or Bengali in IPL mate. I am an Indian and I approve this message. lol

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @Pak_Green:- They could only retain 2 foreign players. So they have to choose

  • on December 7, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Does it mean that RR can be part of IPL-IV?

  • itduzz on December 7, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Who cares??? People still watch this IPL circus.....

  • Pak_Green on December 7, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    what about Sohail Tanveer, who took record 6 for ?? in the final to win the title for Rajasthan single handedly?

  • on December 7, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    yusuf too shub be in contention

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  • on December 7, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    yusuf too shub be in contention

  • Pak_Green on December 7, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    what about Sohail Tanveer, who took record 6 for ?? in the final to win the title for Rajasthan single handedly?

  • itduzz on December 7, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Who cares??? People still watch this IPL circus.....

  • on December 7, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Does it mean that RR can be part of IPL-IV?

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    @Pak_Green:- They could only retain 2 foreign players. So they have to choose

  • moulud on December 7, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    No Paki or Bengali in IPL mate. I am an Indian and I approve this message. lol

  • dinster77 on December 7, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    @Pak_green

    They would pay Sohail big money too if he's guaranteed to participate every game (barring injuries ofcourse). This is business - it's obviously not a personal decision against Sohail Tanvir or that matter for any pakistani player. Sohail Tanvir is a tremendous bowler - but if there are other issues that are stopping him from participating in the tournament - if I were the royals owner, I cannot commit a large sum of money in his favor. It's common sense.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    They would be super fool if they don't retain pathan....their most consistant match winner

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    I think that unfortunately Pak cricketers will not be a part of IPL-4 because of the recent controversies. As far as the Rajasthan is concerned, they must also retain YUSUF and maybe TAIT.YUSUF just blasted unbeaten 123 against NZ showing his good form ahead of IPL.

  • on December 7, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Regarding participation of Pak players, nobody can predict what is going to happen. KKR has signed Mohd Irfan, so we can see some Pak players in IPL IV provided they get clearance from both govts. I wish the IPL-IV to take place without any glitches.