Indian Premier League 2011 September 5, 2010

Next three IPL seasons to comprise 74 matches each

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Two fundamental issues concerning the 2011 IPL season - the tournament format and player retention - have finally been resolved by the league's governing council, after months of uncertainty following the addition of two new franchises. The next three seasons of the IPL will have 74 matches each, the format designed to reward the most consistent teams during the league phase of the tournament. The 2011 season will begin five days after the World Cup, which ends on April 2.

The governing council also decided to allow franchises to retain four players in their squads, the rest going into the auction scheduled for November. The franchises' spending power for a squad of 30 players has been capped at $9 million.

Format

In each of the next three seasons, the IPL will comprise 70 league matches and four playoff games. The ten teams will be split into two groups of five, but will be ranked together in one composite league table. The change was necessary due to the inclusion of two new teams, Pune and Kochi, from the next season. An extension of the current home-and-away format would have stretched the season to 94 matches, which had prompted concerns of player burn-out. Franchise owners were also reluctant to reduce the minimum number of matches their team would play each season. These constraints have led to a convoluted format.

League phase
Every team will play the same number of league games (14, seven home and seven away) as in previous seasons with the following break-up: each team will play the other four in its group both home and away (eight matches), four of the teams in the other group once (four matches, either home or away) and the remaining team in the other group twice, both home and away. A random draw will decide the composition of the groups as well as who plays whom across the groups once and twice.

Playoffs
The teams that finish first and second in the league table will contest the first playoff, which is effectively a semi-final (Game A). The teams that finish third and fourth will play each other in a knockout that is effectively a quarter-final (Game B). The loser of Game A will play the winner of Game B in a match (Game C) that will decide the second finalist that will play the winner of Game A in the grand final. This playoff format was previously used in New Zealand's domestic one-day tournament last season.

Player retention

Each of the eight franchises that participated in 2010 can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. The retained players must have been part of the franchise's registered squads for the 2010 season, and will not be part of November's auction.

The franchise, and the player it wishes to retain must come to a mutual agreement regarding the retention and the fee for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. However, irrespective of the actual fee agreed upon by the franchise and the player, the franchise's salary cap will be reduced by fixed amounts.

If a franchise decides to retain four players, it will be charged $4.5 million per year and will have only $4.5 million to spend on other players, compared to the $9 million available to a franchise that retains no one. Also, the size of the squad is capped at 30 players.

Ahead of the auction in November, the two new franchises, Pune and Kochi, will also be allowed to sign up to four players from a list of players who were not part of any of the other eight franchises in the first three IPL seasons. However, if either Pune or Kochi sign players ahead of the auction, their salary cap will also be reduced by the same amount as the salary cap for existing franchises retaining players.

All the other international capped players, as well as other players who have played 75% of their side's IPL matches in 2010, will be part of the auction.

Player regulation

A franchise can have up to ten overseas players in their squad but only four can be on the field during a game. The player contracts that will be signed ahead of the 2011 season will be valid for two years, with a right of extension for the third year. All players who are part of a franchise's squad will come under the salary cap.

Player contracts

Another change is that the BCCI has decided to take more control of players' IPL contracts, though a new policy has not yet been decided on. "All player contracts will now be managed by BCCI and signed by BCCI along with the franchise and the player," the board said. "No player contracts can be signed until [the new policy is in place]."

Revised catchment areas

The IPL has changed the catchment areas for the existing franchises because of the addition of two new teams from the 2011 season. Teams have to include four players from their catchment area in the squad of 30.

  • Mumbai Indians: Mumbai, Baroda
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: Karnataka, Goa
  • Deccan Chargers: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa
  • Chennai Super Kings: Tamil Nadu, Railways
  • Delhi Daredevils: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal
  • Kings XI Punjab: Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: West Bengal, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur
  • Rajasthan Royals: Rajasthan, Gujarat, Saurashtra
  • Pune Warriors: Maharashtra, Vidarbha
  • Kochi: Kerala, Services, Madhya Pradesh

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  • nair_ottappalam on September 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @KAIRAVA Slight disagreement with your selection. I would prefer Morgan for Uttappa in Bangalore and Shaun Marsh for Brett Lee in Punjab.

  • on September 9, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    the format is too messed up its so damn confusing they shud hve made 2 groups of 5 the top 2 teams from both groups qualified into semis and so on

  • on September 8, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Being a great cricket fan, i am dissapointed with new IPL rules.. THis rule is biased..few franchise owners wants in favour of 4 retaining players... Sachin and gavaskar suggested 7. How this could benifit two new teams... BCCI secretary Srinivasan is owning a team, obiously he would fix matchs..he outsted Modi and fixed umpires last time.... THis IPL is dancing for BCCi top guns... this big tournament should be fair and should be handled by professionals, rather than politicians and business men...

    Definately it will loose its repetion this time with issues.. Players will not play gud in worldcup thinking about next IPL.. Get rid of bloddy corrupt politicans and bring some gud old cricketers to manage...

  • Sanks555 on September 8, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    The cap on domestic player salaries will ensure that more money will go to foreign players and less to Indian ones. I don't think that this a good idea. Why is there cap on team spend on players and domestic player wages but minimum limit on new franchisees?

    Indian domestic players have been robbed in broad daylight. The ICL attracted good talent by paying good money. To counter that, BCCI had to raise the per dime payment for Ranji players. With the ICL gone, the BCCI is again squeezing the domestic players to maximize profits.,

  • MUJAHID.KAZI on September 8, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    With this kind of rules the most loss is for kkr coz they have players like sourav, tiwary, agarkar and many more almost useless and costly

  • sweetspot on September 8, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    The clause is "CAN RETAIN" 4 players, not "MUST RETAIN" 4 players. The most worthy players get retained if their franchises feel their worth is great. The more players a team retains, the less money it has for the auctions. If a team doesn't retain anybody it has the money power to buy new players! This is fantastic!

  • enigma77543 on September 8, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Great,now Tendulkar & other Indians can opt out of WC to keep themselves fresh for IPL rofl

    How does the IPL benefit world cricket or Indian cricket for that matter? NO,IT DOESN'T, it only benefits the franchise owners & even though players earn more,Indian Cricket is losing as it's most talented players are satisifed by the money they earn in IPL & don't care about performing for the country anymore. The sooner the Indian public realizes that IPL is only going to harm Indian Cricket in the long run,the better for them.Some've already realized it while some still don't get it but hopefully they will pretty soon. I think T20 fans should switch to Baseball since that's perfect for people who just want to a couple of hours worth frenzy of ball-smacking & they should leave Cricket alone to REAL Cricket-fans.Cricket USP is a contest between bat & ball which is non-existent in T20 so even if it becomes popular in other countries,in the long run,they'll switch to Baseball anyway.

  • on September 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Ganguly also loses matches all by himself, like he used to, for india, 50 off 100 balls: self defeating!

  • KAIRAVA on September 8, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @nair_ottappalam: Since very few are discussing about the composition of teams other than KKR ,MI, CSK, I would present my choices for player retention in these teams. 1. KINGS XI PUNJAB - Sangakkara, Brett Lee, Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan. 2. DELHI DAREDEVILS - Warner, AB de Villiers, Sehwag, Gambhir. 3. RAJASTHAN ROYALS - Warne, Tait, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha. 4. DECCAN CHARGERS - Gilchrist, Symonds, Rohit, Pragyan Ojha. 5. BANGALORE ROYAL CHALLEGERS - Kallis, Ross Taylor, Kumble, Uthappa. To complete the set, I also feel the 3 most discussed teams will retain the following set of players. KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS - Gayle, McCullum, Ganguly, Murali Karthik. MUMBAI INDIANS - Pollard, Malinga, Tendulkar, Harbhajan. CHENNAI SUPER KINGS - Hayden, Bollinger, Dhoni, Raina

  • KAIRAVA on September 8, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Being a Kochi fan and assuming, the existing IPL teams retain their 2 best overseas players, I would like to have Thissara Perara, Eoin Morgan, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Graham Napier, Andy Blignaut & AB McDonald as my overseas players in Kochi team. They would be a great buy.

  • nair_ottappalam on September 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @KAIRAVA Slight disagreement with your selection. I would prefer Morgan for Uttappa in Bangalore and Shaun Marsh for Brett Lee in Punjab.

  • on September 9, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    the format is too messed up its so damn confusing they shud hve made 2 groups of 5 the top 2 teams from both groups qualified into semis and so on

  • on September 8, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Being a great cricket fan, i am dissapointed with new IPL rules.. THis rule is biased..few franchise owners wants in favour of 4 retaining players... Sachin and gavaskar suggested 7. How this could benifit two new teams... BCCI secretary Srinivasan is owning a team, obiously he would fix matchs..he outsted Modi and fixed umpires last time.... THis IPL is dancing for BCCi top guns... this big tournament should be fair and should be handled by professionals, rather than politicians and business men...

    Definately it will loose its repetion this time with issues.. Players will not play gud in worldcup thinking about next IPL.. Get rid of bloddy corrupt politicans and bring some gud old cricketers to manage...

  • Sanks555 on September 8, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    The cap on domestic player salaries will ensure that more money will go to foreign players and less to Indian ones. I don't think that this a good idea. Why is there cap on team spend on players and domestic player wages but minimum limit on new franchisees?

    Indian domestic players have been robbed in broad daylight. The ICL attracted good talent by paying good money. To counter that, BCCI had to raise the per dime payment for Ranji players. With the ICL gone, the BCCI is again squeezing the domestic players to maximize profits.,

  • MUJAHID.KAZI on September 8, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    With this kind of rules the most loss is for kkr coz they have players like sourav, tiwary, agarkar and many more almost useless and costly

  • sweetspot on September 8, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    The clause is "CAN RETAIN" 4 players, not "MUST RETAIN" 4 players. The most worthy players get retained if their franchises feel their worth is great. The more players a team retains, the less money it has for the auctions. If a team doesn't retain anybody it has the money power to buy new players! This is fantastic!

  • enigma77543 on September 8, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Great,now Tendulkar & other Indians can opt out of WC to keep themselves fresh for IPL rofl

    How does the IPL benefit world cricket or Indian cricket for that matter? NO,IT DOESN'T, it only benefits the franchise owners & even though players earn more,Indian Cricket is losing as it's most talented players are satisifed by the money they earn in IPL & don't care about performing for the country anymore. The sooner the Indian public realizes that IPL is only going to harm Indian Cricket in the long run,the better for them.Some've already realized it while some still don't get it but hopefully they will pretty soon. I think T20 fans should switch to Baseball since that's perfect for people who just want to a couple of hours worth frenzy of ball-smacking & they should leave Cricket alone to REAL Cricket-fans.Cricket USP is a contest between bat & ball which is non-existent in T20 so even if it becomes popular in other countries,in the long run,they'll switch to Baseball anyway.

  • on September 8, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Ganguly also loses matches all by himself, like he used to, for india, 50 off 100 balls: self defeating!

  • KAIRAVA on September 8, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    @nair_ottappalam: Since very few are discussing about the composition of teams other than KKR ,MI, CSK, I would present my choices for player retention in these teams. 1. KINGS XI PUNJAB - Sangakkara, Brett Lee, Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan. 2. DELHI DAREDEVILS - Warner, AB de Villiers, Sehwag, Gambhir. 3. RAJASTHAN ROYALS - Warne, Tait, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha. 4. DECCAN CHARGERS - Gilchrist, Symonds, Rohit, Pragyan Ojha. 5. BANGALORE ROYAL CHALLEGERS - Kallis, Ross Taylor, Kumble, Uthappa. To complete the set, I also feel the 3 most discussed teams will retain the following set of players. KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS - Gayle, McCullum, Ganguly, Murali Karthik. MUMBAI INDIANS - Pollard, Malinga, Tendulkar, Harbhajan. CHENNAI SUPER KINGS - Hayden, Bollinger, Dhoni, Raina

  • KAIRAVA on September 8, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Being a Kochi fan and assuming, the existing IPL teams retain their 2 best overseas players, I would like to have Thissara Perara, Eoin Morgan, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Graham Napier, Andy Blignaut & AB McDonald as my overseas players in Kochi team. They would be a great buy.

  • KAIRAVA on September 8, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    @Joydeep_Gupta: You mean to say, it was only because of full house at Eden gardens that KKR got maximum profits in the 3 seasons of IPL...!!!!! What about full houses at other stadiums of Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mohali..????. KKR is in profits mainly due to SRK marketing skills and charismatic persona off the field.

  • Lahori_Munde on September 8, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    @Wajahat Mehdi. What is so ridiculous? Can you explain abit? Look around the world and you will find almost all private league have team divided in groups. This helps in developing rivalory between the teams and attract more fans. This helps in popularizing the teams and sports in general.. Example is NY Yankee vs Boston Redsox. Also, the group system helps IPL control the numbers of game as they are given limted time by ICC to wrap up the tournament..

  • CricFan78 on September 7, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    The retention is a farce driven by Srinivasan to retain Dhoni for Chennai. How can BCCI secretary own a team and drive rules at same point.

  • JoydeepGupta on September 7, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    If KKR does not retain Ganguly, they will loose all the support. It will be a big mistake by them, as full house Eden Gardens is the only reason they have maximum profits in last three years despite being the worst team...!! @JyothKohli : 100% agreed with you...Ganguly still rocks, and at the end of the IPL-3 league stage Ganguly was actually in 3rd place just after Sachin and Kallis. Raina went pass him only in the final..!

  • maddy20 on September 7, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    The snubbing of player retention is a joke! There will be no more teamwork or bonding. Player will just play as mercenaries! What is the point of playing if Tendulkar plays for Kolkota , Kumble plays for Delhi? Players will have no pride of playing for their homeside. IPL will drown in a couple of years. Modi's snubbing is like BCCI pressing the IPL's self-destruct button!

  • MrCrane on September 7, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    With the budget cap of $9 Million Dollars and the retention rules in place, i don't see any of the teams barring Chennai and Mumbai or may be Delhi retaining any of their players. Also, franchises has enough experience to pay the correct amount to a player, unlike the first auction where players were over valuated. The new auction is a great chance for all the teams to chuck off their Non performing Assets and pick the right squad. Especially for KKR and KXIP (Arguebly the two worst squads in IPL having big names and winning none of their games). CSK,RCB and MI stand to lose the most as they had built a great squad and they have start from the scratch. Delhi might be unaffected as their cachement area is Delhi/UP which have very good set of domestic players. Deccan needs to buy big stars or even retain Symonds as they don't have good first class players(It was quite evident in all three ipl's). Lastly, RR will remain miser and will get the leftovers.

  • nair_ottappalam on September 7, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Max comments are on the composition of CSK. There are 9 more teams to speak of (7 of them had been there earlier also). no one seems to be bothered about kolkata, delhi, punjab and jaipur. it is worthwhile to talk about the composition of all the teams. there are really talented and exciting players (T20 specialists) in all the teams. For example Ross Taylor from Bangalore

  • addiemanav on September 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    do u really think likes of tendulkar and dhoni will be able to last the season,and play for india in the WC.our ambitions are all attached with sachin..imagine he gets fatigued out in this season..it is ok for us to cheer for our ipl teams,like csk or mi or rcb,but if u see in totality it is one of the least important tournaments of the season..it makes money,but what it costs in terms of player burn-out is really high!!

  • DolphinBay on September 7, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    @sunny1307 & @iamyourharry - Can't believe u guys actually said that no other teams will pick Ganguly. Check out his latest performances. He still has enough and is good enough to win matches all by himself, like he did in this IPL. He scored 4 fifties, all of which were match winning. He scored 42 in the last match, which KKR won as well. He scored 493runs @ an average of 38 & took some splendid catches which even the youngsters failed to get hold of. His captaincy is something everyone looks up to. He is an Indian player & thus no restrictions on local players. He is a great asset & every team would love to have him. Kochi & Pune are the new teams and would love having Ganguly as their leader. So if at all KKR doesn't retain Ganguly, he might end up playing for 1 of the 2 new IPL teams. Sunny1307 & Iamyourharry, I would like to know why u both think Ganguly isn't worth being retained. He is constantly criticized but he always hits back & comes back with a bang! He is still the best!!

  • Runster1 on September 7, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @daalman How is that bias and unfair? So your saying that in a semi final between the 2 best teams from the league phase, the loser should not get a second chance? And 3rd can vs an easier opponent and then sudden access to the IPL final? It will be too easy and unfair for 3rd and 4th then. You could call play off A to be the advantage for coming in the top 2 of the league phase. @DRNANDAN I completely agree with you.

  • sunny1307 on September 7, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Best option is don't retain anyone just sell them and save money and buy them again at cheaper rates.....ur saving 4.5 m dollars.i feel only dhoni,sachin,bollinger and maybe sehwag will be retained. i mean its useless to reduce salary cap by 1.4m for someone like ganguly....no one will buy him anyway so kkr can easily get him back in $200,000 profit of $1.2m....in which they can buy other great players....so its common sense...and no one will take pakistanis anyway....kkr should only retain gayle..... and im 100% the costliest player in the auction in november will be shane watson if the royals let him go in the auction.......

  • raj_che on September 7, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Being a CSK fan, it will be really tough for CSK to retain their best players. Some serious thought needs to be done on who they whould retain of the four available slots. My pick would be Dhoni, Raina, Bollinger, Murali. But they would certainly like to win bids for Haydos, morkel bcos they are certainly a main entity. I am not sure on how the players in their catchment areas woud work. Because Vijay, Ashwin badri are all integral part of CSK and they would not want them to move to other clubs. They give the team the much needed local flavour. Finally i woudl love to see Dinesh Karthik in CSK colors, he is much better pick than Parthiv and if at all DD decides not to retain him he should be picked up by CSK. However i am not sure how he will fit in with Dhoni already donning the keepers gloves. Looking forward to the IPl Auction. This format seems to be new and different and i am looking forwad and how the teams are slotted.

  • on September 7, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    cool, but still exoecting IPL should play in INDIA only,

  • DRNANDAN on September 7, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    to those who r comparing the international schedule with ipl let me remind you guys "IPL IS A DOMESTIC TOURNAMENT TO PROVIDE PURE ENTERTAINEMNT TO INDIAN CRICKET LOVING PUBLIC" IF BCCI GETS MPNEY FROMT HAT WHO R U TO QUESTION IT?REGDING PLAYERS BURN OUT THAT IS THERE IN ALL THE FEILDS IN THE MODERN ERA!A DR ON CALL WORKS SOME TIMES 36 HRS AT A STRETCH..

  • Realhotshady on September 7, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    I hope we can see the likes of Afridi, Razzaq, Umar Akmal this season in IPL. If the teams repeat the same mistake this year as well, its a loss for the team and the cricket.

  • sajjodaalman on September 6, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    the playoffs are stupid because it is giving the loser of the 1st playoff another chance in the 2nd match to win and reach the final.. it will be biased and unfair

  • itsmunishk on September 6, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Well, it's cricketainment. one who loves cricket will enjoy it. regarding burn-out...it's upto players to decide...imagine we guys work for 10-12 hours a day for 5 days in a week to earn 1-2 lakh a month....it makes absolute sense to play for 14 days in 2 months and go away with a heavy pocket....why would any player complain? if not performing well...they will be out of team sooner or later....bookies/corruption etc will be a part of the parcel....so just sit back and cheer for your favorite team.....just enjoy it....

  • iamyourharry on September 6, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    why S.Ganguly in KKR... he need not be retained... becoz no other team wants him...so donot waste a spot SRK... use ur brains

  • addiemanav on September 6, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    i wud request the indian fans to plz see the schedule of the indian team in coming months on cricinfo..if there is a commitee in bcci that decides on schedules then that commitee is either dead,or sleeping or maybe they only love money..here it starts- 1)cl-20 will feature 3 ipl teams..biggest indian stars,sachin and dhoni will also play..starts on 9th sept,final on 26thsept..5days later 2)ind VS aus 1st test-1oct,2nd-9oct ..followed by 3 ODIs on 17,20 and24.. 3)ind VS nz start dates for tests-4,12 &24,followed by ODIs which end on dec 10th.. now this is my fav part 4)ind VS sa,1st test starts on 16th in centurion(the ODI series against nz finished on 10th in chennai),2nd 26th& final game on 2nd of jan next year..the odi series finish by 23rd jan.. 5)19th feb WC starts,most important tnmt,finishes on 2nd april .. 6)5days later 74match ipl-4 kicks off.. fortunately india will then have almost a month's break before they land up in eng for test & odi series!!

  • karthikfromchennai on September 6, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    no pakistanins in ipl...no fixing in ipl

  • Sarlana on September 6, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Great Schedule.... With in The 3 months time Bookies can earn crores of rupees, Betting people may gain or loose money////// What ever will be decided very soon.

    Am i correct? Ofcourse nobody have a dare to say no.

  • Aseem9211 on September 6, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Listen Up ... PLZ Grow Up

    .. IF players are worried about heath issue they must not ... play IPL ... itz up to them like Pointing .... and now grow up coz Ipl and CLT20 = future of cricket .... no more bilateral series .... people are more interested in T20 and that it ..... ITZ the end ,.... slowly but surely ... only T20 will flourish bcoz game survive only when there are spectators and sponsors .....

    Test in next 5yrs will enter history book and .... ODI will last some 10-15 more years ....the upcoming generation wants T20I

    RIP TESTS N ODIS

  • ramesh.k on September 6, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    its clear shows BCCI's money minded.. commence IPL after 5 days from wrold cup ends. IPL fan's should realise, IPL killing indian cricket. Please GOD, do something.....

  • Kazzamers on September 6, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    @lankan_nuetral all others pointing to fixing : Yes, Even I have grave concerns about T20 Format itself not being good or the surfeit on money in IPL. But please consider this regarding Fixing : At the time of Salim Malik, Azhar, Jadeja, Hansie Cronjie all that match fixing storm, where was T20 ? Integrity, has got more to do with character of the players , not the format.

  • DolphinBay on September 6, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    My take on the players that should be retained for IPL 4-

    1.KKR- S Ganguly M Kartik A Mathews C Gayle. Tough call between B McCullum D Hussey & C Gayle.

    2.DC- A Gilchrist A Symonds R Sharma P Ojha. No problem in picking their best 4.

    3.MI- S Tendulkar H Singh K Pollard L Malinga. Again, an easy pick of their best.

    4.RCB- A Kumble R Uthappa J Kallis D Steyn. RCB, along with CSK will be the biggest losers.

    5.CSK- MS Dhoni S Raina D Bollinger M Hayden. A tough call between M Hayden & A Morkel. They will be at a huge loss.

    6.KXIP- K Sangakara M Jayawardene I Pathan Y Singh (if willing to be retained). They desperately need better bowlers. KXIP, along with KKR will be the mos benefited by this auction.

    7.RR- S Warne S Watson Y Pathan N Ojha. They will have to fore-go a few good local boys.

    8.DD- V Sehwag G Gambhir D Warner A Nehra. It'll be a very tough pick for DD. They will be losing out T Dilshan P Collingwood AB De Villiers D Nannes D Kartik A Mishra & A McDonald.

  • Runster1 on September 6, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    @lankan_neutral Stop the IPL? There are over 250 million IPL viewers and the fan base is pretty big with the league brand valued over 4 billion dollars. That would be a very radical illogical move cos some pakistanis cheat! How can you assume that IPL cricketers are the same? IPL in a pro rata basis is the second highest paid league in the world! Why would IPL players resort to such disgraceful cheap activities? IPL players get paid ten times more than poor pakistani and bangaldesh players... @Wajahat Mehdi Keep on laughing mate...U dont understand...IPL has to be done in under 2 months. What other format would you propose that would give teams more than 10 games to play consequently producing an exciting league stage?

  • CricIsCrazy on September 6, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    All of you who complain, will any company complain of excessive projects/work. It is a matter of revenue. BCCI has told the players that playing in any of the series including IPL is not mandatory. It is upto the players to manage their work load. They can talk to their boards, fanchises etc and work out a reasonable schedule. What BCCI is doing is making money. Nothing wrong with that. If they do not do it the Chinese will. UNDERSTAND!

  • prudhvi25 on September 6, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @ vijay srinivas: why the hell do the other two teams will remain in IPL if they have no revenue coming their way as the league is actually for the commercial purpose of the franchises.....and the play offs concept is quite good as the most consistent team is rewarded in this format

  • ashishkumar36 on September 6, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    What a SHAME.... IPL-4 after 6 days from World Cup....Continuous Cricket from October - First Australia (2 Tests, 3 ODI's), then New Zealand (3 Tests, 5 ODI's, 1 T20), then South Africa (3 Tests, 5 ODI's, 1 T20), then World Cup till IPL and then India have to tour to West Indies (3 Tests, 3 ODI's) in May-June and then Englnd in July-September (4 Tests, 5 ODI's, 2 T20's). Why BCCI is not thinking that these players are not machines, they are just Human beings. Take an example of Mr. Sharad Pawar. When he was elected as ICC chairman then he asked Government of India that he can't handle two responsibilities at one time. So what....He is SHARAD PAWAR....but our Team India...Sorry Guys :-) These people are treating u like animals. Now this is our players' responsibility whether they oppose this tired schedule or play for BCCI. IPL could be scheduled in October-November...

  • cricket_for_all on September 6, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Please, Please, Stop this IPL for the sake of world cricket. IPL is going to be the heaven to bookies for match fixing. They will simply approach all world players.

  • on September 6, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    I can't help myself stop laughing. This is the most ridiculous format I've ever seen being followed in any tournament, any sport...hahaha

  • Kazzamers on September 6, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Regarding retention, players like Sachin, Kumble, Dravid, Viru, VVS, even Yuvi though he is reportedly unhappy with KXIP, are ICONIC and they should get automatically retained. Can we imagine Sachin playing for Delhi, Viru for Bengaluru and Kumble for mumbai, playing against their home teams ?

  • Kazzamers on September 6, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I am still not happy with the play offs format.

    According to me, "Game A" is not needed; it is there only business purposes.

    Its UNFAIR to the team WINNING the actual league, ie team finishing FIRST at the end of the league.

    So, I mean, the playoffs as suggested now, MINUS Game A.

    ie Team ending up FIRST, gains Direct entry into final : Just reward, one playoff reduced. Team ending up Third and Fourth play Game A, winner plays against team finishing Second ie Game B( like Semi-Final )...and then FINAL.

  • on September 6, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    I think the new rules are good. We are going to see some good competition between the franchises next year.

  • Navin84 on September 6, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    WOW! Five days after the World Cup. The world cup is 6 weeks, then probably another 4 weeks minimum for the IPL 4. That is a lot of work load for teams like India, Sri Lanka, Australia & South Africa who all have alot of players in the IPL. This world cup is different with all teams playing a minimum of 6 games then the quarter finals...well you expect these 4 teams to qualify for that so that is 7 games and the IPL is 14 games minimum for a team. This would be non-stop action for almost 3 months. I guess most International players would be burnt out half way throuh the IPL.

  • prash8809 on September 6, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    bring on 4 more teams..... play each other once...... for god sake change the rules....... it may be a case of same 2 teams playing semis and finals.......

  • on September 6, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    the new teams name is not good at all. they should have give as Pune Pshycos. And Kochi Karates and shakib-al-hasan should join IPL...

  • Runster1 on September 6, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    @ pacemaker What r u talking about? What cricket league do you follow? Some mediocre bland T20 tournament with 600 games...? U have no evidence to support your comment on IPL.

  • on September 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I suggest that they have an IPL4 qualifying matches in which 4 teams will vie i.e. Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab (the bottom two finishers of the last IPL), Pune Team and Kochi Team. The top 2 teams from this qualifying matches will then qualify to play in the main draw along with the other six teams, and then, it would be the usual routine (i.e. 56 matches in home-away basis, semi finals, 3-4 place playoff and final). This would make it 60 matches + 6 matches i.e. 66 matches total. The same routine should be repeated next year as well.

  • Alexk400 on September 6, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Without Modi IPL is finished. There will be infighting and ugly and bad product will be displayed!.

  • sonofchennai on September 6, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    As some franchise official said this is a business model and they cant afford to lose money on this...So there is no point in debating for and against IPL in cricketing terms...Probably we should debate in business terms...every true cricket and indian cricket fan would rue this..but this is where money comes...hope the star players don turn out citing the wc reasons

  • pacemaker on September 6, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    its a fixed league. it should be called FPL (fixed premier league)

  • on September 6, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @siddhartha57 : every tom dick and harry cant play test cricket like its the case with IPL and CL. you need to have talent plus temperament of the highest order to be able to play test cricket. so thats why test cricket has not expanded beyond 8 countries. not like T20 where every one can make merry.

  • yash1004 on September 6, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    wow this new rules r superb .deccan team becomes more power full by this rules as they retain gilly,rohit,symmo,gibbs

  • on September 6, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    deccan has more oppertunity to take good players as already they will be retaining gilly,rohit sharma. they hav this time to take more good indian players.and if retaining players more than one international then symmo and gibbs also will be retained

  • on September 6, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I think playoff format is very fair. Situation like in IPL2, where delhi dominated the league stage and just 1 bad game in semis and they were out, would b avoided. Now top 2 teams will have two games in their hands. This means that the league standing would be of considerable importance..

  • atthipatti on September 6, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    @ sachin_vvsfan....you are right and your comments are true and sensible.........But in the context of my below counter comments, what of those few ppl who find solace in adding insult to injury?....hope you understand what i mean......

  • on September 6, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    if 4.5m$ is spent in retaining the team, u have another 4.5m$ to pick atleast 15 mroe players..u ll then get a weak team..this is really smart way of auctioning players, best place to be is Kochi or Pune..I think icon players will be loyal to their respective franchisee and will nt go for money, therefore not retaining SRT,Kumble, Dhoni, Ganguly even Hayden will make perfect sense..MI shud go for S. Tiwary etc. btw if I am not wrong Pollard was bought for a 2 yr contract by MI, so is he also in auction?? I hope not!!

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on September 6, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Wonder how those 2 groups will be decided? They could go with a Northern v Southern conference. CSK,RCB,Kochi,Deccan and probably Pune in the South. KKR,Delhi,Mumbai,Rajasthan and Punjab in the North. based on current form, the northern group looks a bit lightweight though.

  • knowledge_eater on September 6, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    This is great to be honest, I knew it only way it can happen is to divide number of teams in two. and players retaining is not easy now as well, because it will not be like flood of good players in one team. Also, like the idea of domestic players get more pay as well, which will prompt ppl. to play and perform well in domestic tourny as well. Also, the best thing I liked was the coverage of local players as well. This is going to help lot of local talent coming out and play for their team. Also, I liked that only 4 international players are allowed to play. That will shut up few haters. India is moving towards Golden Era of Cricket. Now let's see how do they maintain this. I am sure they will. And for human sack stop playing meaning less trilateral series and mini world cup and all that. Peace.

  • on September 6, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    What doesn't make sense is that the same 2 teams could be playing in both the semi and the final...

  • siddhartha57 on September 6, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    IPL will rock............ its good for cricket....... test cricket has been there for more than a century but it could not expand beyond 8 countries.... Its leagues like this that will attract more people...........if there is no money in the sport no one will be attracted to it............. it is also helping many youngsters make some money....... now some might come out arguing that the players should not play for money but should play for the love of the game and playing test cricket must be the ultimate thing .............. I just want to ask them if they would loose a million dollar opportunity if they had one only because they love their current job............ there are millions who like IPL thats the reason more and more companies are investing in it.......... like it or not it is the future of cricket.......... to all those IPL haters you you dont have to watch it, you guys kept saying that the IPL will end very soon but season after season it is growing exponentially......

  • Runster1 on September 5, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    This is a great format...its better than having like 90 plus matches. And the IPL will only last 7 weeks at the most cos of thier timetabling . Its gonna be great to see how this is gonna affect the teams and game play. I reckon IPL is like the only professional T20 league in the world. All the other leagues are so mediocre. Big Bash is like so boring: only 20 000 go and watch. the new english tournament has been a failure: some games played in front of 2000 people. And then people make romours about the IPL and insult it all the time: its cos they are jealous. If you enjoy it, watch it. If you dont, then watch some other amateur T20 league. IPL is the most watched and most worth cricket league in the world.

  • CricFan78 on September 5, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Bring on IPL-4 .... new teams new format. To those who dont like it can change their channels rather than moaning and complaining everyday on internet

  • on September 5, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    I Like To Say Thanks To One Who Design This Format,Really It's Good One.It is a good decision . I like This Format , I think we can follow the same principles in WC. This format definitely going to develope the cricket and This format will produce the quality teams to final. Definitely, It's Going To Be Fun On The Selection Of Retain Players.I think the each franchise will now confused to determine which players should be retained. I like to say onething to all franchises : Don't Retain Any Player By Performance Because No One Is Good In All IPLs Except Raina & RP Singh. Choose Players By Quality,Worth & Playing Role. Let Us See Whats Fun Going To Happen In IPL 4.

  • on September 5, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    watz happening with the ICON PLAYERS??????????????? :( :( I want Rahul to be part of RCB!!!

  • on September 5, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    Bangalore should retain ross taylor,rahul dravid,kumble,robin uthappa these are key players for team

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 5, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    @ atthipatti .Theres really no need to be harsh on others who just echoed their frustration about the IPL. Really what good has it done to the indian cricket? Younger Players are pretty content with their IPL contracts and there is no desire to play for the national team. Besides we have become an overrated team because of the IPL stars jadeja, R sharma, vijay. Your comments indicate you are an emotional guy. Just GET A IPL TICKET.

  • on September 5, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    Yes, bring Lalit Modi back. He made money like every one else, but he is being made the scape-goat because of the label, IPL Commisioner, that he wore. The man had class. All the jokers in the BCCI are probably more involved, and are looking to him as an escape route. No one is innocent.

  • Ashok_893 on September 5, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    This format is not looking balanced. Lot of confusion to get the 14 matches per team. By this format some teams will get a Home match and some will get Away matches. Nothing going to fixed. Probably luck will decide the champion.

  • masumaman on September 5, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    man what they were thinking before making this format? it is so complicated. many people who does not watch cricket wont understand this. it wont be entertainment for all people now. i believe that the most questioned part is - why do you have to play 4 from the other group once and one team twice? it just could have been playing all of the five teams once. now the question comes whose venue to use? now if that is done by lottery what if all the ten teams played each other once and the venue of that would be decided by a lottery. in this case to be fare with all the teams. the next year would be the other venue automatically. why do we have to have a salary cap? can't it be like big football leagues? without any cap? this does not make any sense? again i have to say what they were thinking?

  • SwanandM on September 5, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Good move... Best for MI... Can retain Sachin, Bhajji, Zak, and most important Pollard

  • howizzat on September 5, 2010, 18:24 GMT

    Its nice to see that players burn out is taken care of and at the same time there is no cut down on the number of matches that each franchisee is playing. But still it would have been nice if the franchisee is restricted to play the contracted batsmen by the national boards, not more than 10 games. Strictures on player retentions definitely provides a level playing field. But the original franchisees appear to have lost the early bird advantage. They should have been allowed at least two players to retain without any penalties.

  • Thunee_man_Naidoo on September 5, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    New format is confusing and more players should be retained

  • arjun19dev on September 5, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    Wow....gr8 planning - to keep ever h the reducticky witrty1 happy.. player retention - a bition of 4.5 m... hmmm lot of planning to do on the franchisees part...gonna be fun

  • vikas_raik on September 5, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    Ya its a new concept.i like it on paper.the change was mandatory due to the 2 new teams.ppl wil find it difficult to decide whose in and whose out during play offs.but its good concept

  • on September 5, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Poor Format.. Would have liked 94 matches .. Expand IPL window.. Why is India so obsessed with 50 over world cup. No one gonna watch WI vs Holland ... Bring Lalit Modi back!!!!

  • on September 5, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    IPL is now copying NBA's schedule... nothing "innovative" as such...

  • JackoLivesOn on September 5, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    This format and rules must have been dreamt up by those who organised the Commenwealth Games. Most followers will struggle to know what's happening and what the rules are, poor old Ramjit Fernado, he's just mastered the current rules. For an expert commentator next time they may need to hire Stephen Hawkins.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on September 5, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Dylan, they changed the format after the initial report. I guess they must've goofed up.

  • on September 5, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Rubbish format- it will still lead to issues of player burnout. Agreed that franchisees are hell bent upon making money-but this is preposterous.If you are going to have groups,then let the teams play in a group round robin with the best two from each battling it out for the semi-final.Why play the teams in the other group once ? And the rules regarding playing one team from the other group on a home and away basis does not make any sense at all. I also do not like the idea of a playoff. This means that the losing semi-finalist has another chance at glory,which kind of defeats the purpose of a semi-final

  • on September 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Great innovation! Fine balance on promoting excellence and encouraging entry- level indian IPL players, good oppurtunity for foreign stars too.

    Nice twist on knock out format too, thanks NZ :)

    Keep away from the current non-sense going on in Pak team, Tharoor-Modiesque brushes midway. If so, IPL is here to stay and rock big time!

  • on September 5, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    first issue, With Current Cap of 30lacs for non international Indian Cricketer is bullish as money is concern; They should look to fix matches than sweating all around for whole session !!! who would like to see restrictions on their earning as goes.. This is crap to put any Cap. why to put cap for any one? second, Honestly, this formats looks completely fragmented. third, retaining of 3-4 Indian players and max is 4.5 million and for rest 26 is 4.5 million. This would be tough task for franchise to deal with. morever, it would be interesting to watch this session having such complications... lets see!!!

  • atthipatti on September 5, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    @ eomer17, you nincompoop....What did you just say about that Sunder guy? "like a practical guy like many of you who would know whats going to happen?".....Is fortune telling your occupation? There is a word for you that I want to use.....but i dont think this is the right place....and yes, I better be ignorant than to predict the fate of a cricket team in a tournament which is well over 6 to 7 months away.....

  • don_corleone840 on September 5, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    they should have allowed 6-7 foreign instead of 4 to increase the level of cricket.

  • Nipun on September 5, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Woefully complicated,gross,unfair,& clueless format.This disaster of a tournament just keeps on getting worse.

  • sonjjay on September 5, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan ur spot on about it !! More ipl matches and even flatter pitches so that guys like R Sharma, Vijay and others can slam more runs stake a claim in the national team and embarrass us before teams like a Zimbabwe, jeez sounds like the IPL was plotted by those who hate Indian cricket and want to destroy it!! The BCCI bosses are like the Italian Mafia of Indian cricket.

  • samirhajarnis on September 5, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    For the naysayers ... your average football season or baseball season has more games than this in a comparable time. besides a 20 20 is much less physically taxing than a football game. So do not oppose for the sake of opposing. You dont like .... you dont watch, go watch golf or formula1 or better still, go watch paint dry.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 5, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    IPL is always entertaining and any new schedule and format is wellcome. As long as matches are not fixed and players are playing well. IPL is the best cricket in the world. Keep the tournament going , either fixed or not fixed, its entertaining.

  • siddhartha57 on September 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    The groups would be Goup A : Deccan, Banglore, Chennai, Kochi and Pune Group B : Mumbai, Punjab, Delhi, Kolkotta, Rajasthan. Group A is a bit unpredictable , Group B Mumbai and Delhi will make it through. I think Deccan will play Rajasthan twice and the other 4 teams once from group B. Banglore will play Punjab twice. Kochi will play Mumbai twice. Pune will play Delhi twice and Chennai will play Kolkotta twice. I think Delhi will win it this they looked strong all the 3 times but were unlucky.

  • sidzy on September 5, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    lol if modi would hav been their it would hav solved in a more understanding way BCCI has again done what they do best copy league matches from eng venues for other group team matches from aus & as they say playoffs fron NZ

  • on September 5, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    One of the reason for the loss of T20 world cup 2009and2010 is IPL. The playeres were tired after playing lot of matches,with the increase of matches in IPL season 2011 , It was easy for the Indian Team to tell the reason for the losses.

  • Rake1 on September 5, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I think the IPL council have done a good job, given that there were so many stakeholders to please. As far it being 5 days after the World cup arguement. The world cup format is ridiculous with it taking a month to decide who the 8 Quarter Finalist are going to be. Public would have lost interest in the world cup by then.

  • on September 5, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    too much if IPL would take away the fun... i dnt think so its a good option having it so soon after the worldcup... it should b 1s every 2 years...

  • on September 5, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Entirely new concept. Can comment only after experimenting it.

  • on September 5, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Why don't they have weekend games and international break just like football? This way people look forward to it way more, it removes the "circus" feel and it gives advert revenues through the year as opposed to a proliferation of sickening IPL / IPL related advertisements for a month and a half...It will soon be time to switch to a football model as opposed to the american sport model, simply because there's too much other cricket.

  • on September 5, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    SUPER PLANNING OF SCHEDULE

  • on September 5, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    complicated and imbalanced format..and bout player retention ..its a bit tricky.. retain 4 players at 4.5 million and have just 4.5 for rest 26 players..soo i think its better not to retain anyone and hire the same players in the auction at a cheaper rate..but someone like sachin,viru and dhoni r worth retaining at such a chep rate(for them)

  • on September 5, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    these players should be retained by teams- mi-srt,zaheer,malinga,pollard;rcb kp,taylor,uthappa,praveen;dc-gilchrist,symonds,rohit,dwayne smith;csk-dhoni,raina,murli,bollinger; dd-sehwag,gambhir,warner,nannes; kxp- mahela,sanga,pathan,marsh;kkr- ganguly,mathews,gayle,karthik; rr-watson,yusuf,warne,tait.

  • on September 5, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    LOL. This format looks so retarded.

  • IndiaGoats on September 5, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Can we make Pakistan the catchment area for Kochi? Younis Khan should be brought back. My Kochi team: Sreesanth (c) Tinu Yohanan Kanakkatharaparambu Sreejith (name has a nice ring to it) Ananthapadmanabhan (coach-cum-player) Robin Uthapa (has a malayali mother) Abhishek Nair (has a malayali name) Mohd Asif (was getting ready to act in a malayalam movie) Mohd Amir Kamran Akmal Umar Akmal Naman Ojha (madhya pradesh) Harpreet Singh (MP) Hrishikesh Kanitkar (MP)

  • vivekviswanathan on September 5, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    its totally different format.i just love it..but abt retention personally im not convinced by the 4.5 million spending on 4 players...

  • eomer17 on September 5, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    @atthipatti I think u didn't really understand what he wrote.Sunder Ram is not hoping for India's 1st round exit but like a practical guy like many of us just knows its going to happen.unlike u too ignorant to see whats coming.

  • on September 5, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Everyone is worried about gap of 5days between WC & IPL. Don't worry abt it as 1. India won't advance to next round in WC and 2. with so much money in IPL, who(indian star players) cares about WC?

    We dump fans expecting too much from indian cricketers :)

  • Riderstorm on September 5, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    with the number of capped players increased to 30, may be another rule addition to tackle the issue of player fatigue can be taken care of such as limiting the number of matches over the league stage (can be only for international players). It adds another facet to the strategies of the franchises.

    any thoughts?????

  • on September 5, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    I don't see apart from Chennai, Mumbai & Banglore any other team would be interested in retaining 4 players for 4.5 Million. Instead they would go to auction with full purse to get a good team. Also I can see the above mention 3 teams would like to spoil the auction for others by intentionally increasing the bids for other players. For Mumbai I see Tendulkar, Bhajji, Pollard, Malinga, while Chennai would like to retain Dhoni, Raina, Hayden, & Banglore will retain most of its foreign players like Kallis, Taylor, White & possibly Utthapa. Delhi would have liked to retain 4 players but I think with Sehwag not so keen on extending his association other Player don't command such a high price tag.Aging captain would make it difficult for hyderabad to retain its player. As for Rajhasthan, Kolkata & Punjab they would definitely like to have new combination for next season. I believe Pune stands the Best Chance to gain some good players & possibly Sehwag before Auction. But it looks exciting...

  • on September 5, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    mi's 4 retained players should b

    sachin pollard malinga harbajan

  • XooX on September 5, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    @tones765 Retaining players is optional..RCB can choose not to retain anyone if they want to save up $4.5 million

    Anyway, this format is so confusing - play your own group twice, play 4 from the other once, another one twice..then in playoffs - one semifinal, then one quarterfinal, then yet another semifinal..what the...

  • on September 5, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    CSK will retain dhoni and raina ... both will go for 1.8 and 1.3 in auctions .. can take bollinger for 900 .. this time CSK should go for 3 good fast bowlers and sign murali again .. DK should be brought back to home soil

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    what about Pakistani Players??

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Yes, more IPL. Really excited. The schedule does seem rather imbalanced, though. One team having to play another team twice in the other group but only playing the other teams once. But they had to keep the owners happy somehow, who obviously, didnt want any less home games.

  • j_kaushik23 on September 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    csk should retain dhoni ,raina , murali and bollinger and try to get dk . the format is something similar to nba format and lets see what happens .....

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    the format is quite complicated which in itself make another 2 yrs for d fans r rather d players to get used to..n again after 3 yrs. another set of rules wil make its way wich s ridiculous.but it cant b blamed coz of two new teams.as far playr retention is concerned its very fair..so overall gud job..

    for me the players to be retained:

    csk: msd. raina, hayden n murali dd : viru, gauti, nannes, nehra dc : gilly, symmo, rohit, rp mi : st, bhaj, zak. pollard r malinga kxi: sanga, mahela, irfan, yuvi rcb: uthappa, kp,steyn, praveen rr : warne, watson, yusuf, jadeja kkr: ganguly, gayle, mccullum, ishant

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    How about Pakistani Cricketers in this tournament

  • montys_muse on September 5, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    yawwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!

  • atthipatti on September 5, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    @ Mr. Sunder Ram, Great thought!!! May be , next you would wish your son to fail in his 12th board exams so that he may be fresh all year long to help his mom buy groceries.....

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Very nice format. It is really different from the usual 'league' formats in any sport. Also it gives better chances for teams in top 2 positions on table.

    @ HundredPercentBarceloniista : You got the format wrong. Teams don't have to play each other again. They have to play the other group-teams

  • preetc on September 5, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    no doubt ipl's going to exhaust the international players and it is t20 overkill, but having said that isn't it really for the players alone to decide if they want to play in ipl at all and risk their fitness and energy levels for odis and tests? so at the end of the day if any player cites ipl for his poor form/fatigue in the longer formats of the game, he's pretty much got to blame himself.

  • on September 5, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    its totally for the benefit of the franchises .....more no of matches will make players exhausted and fans bored.....during event we cant remember how many matches has been played and how many matches has to be completed ....In all last 3 IPL matches become interest only after every team played 7 or 8 matches.....so less no of matches surely will make game more intresting .....

  • bvnathan on September 5, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    IPL-2011 Schedule sucks, BCCI has absolutely no brains while charting out the schedules. IPL season starting immediately after the world cup will Killl the interest in the games, as it will be an overdose of CRICKET

    Other suggestions are: 1. Let the Winner/Runner-up of the previous edition head the proposed two groups. Then draw lots to identify otherr teams to the respective groups 2. The top 4 teams from the composite group standings will play SF knock-out - similar to FIFA world cup format. Why the top two team should have the benefit of an extra match to reach finals, if they are good enough they will move on and play the FINAL. 3. Make compulsory 5 players from the catchment area - this will help player motivation to perform well at the local level matches

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    5 days after World Cup?! What a joke?! India have a big international season coming up, doesnt BCCI care about it? ideally IPL shouldnt have been there. It should have been shifted to Oct/Nov & pointless Champions League shouldnt be played anyway. (at least for world cup year they could have adjusted) But mammon is devouring cricket. God save us!!

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I really really hope that SRT gets out of IPL. He was bound by a 3-year contract at the start of the "novel" IPL-1. Now will be the best time to get out. He doesnt need IPL money. After WC, he can also retire from ODIs. He has nothing left to prove in ODIs (insurmountable records) or IPL (having done so well last year). Neither has India much to gain from him in ODIs post WC - dont think he will be around in 2015. He can play hopefully for a few more season in tests. How much I am waiting for out batsmen to face swinging English conditions next year.

  • sunny1307 on September 5, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Since retaining a max of 4 players is an option but it isn't necessary that they have to retain 4 coz that will have a nega tive effect on their money cap for future so here's what i think: Chennai- Dhoni,Raina and Bollinger Mumbai-Tendulkar,Harbhajan,Zaheer and Pollard Bangalore-Kumble,Taylor and Uthappa Hyderabad-Gilchrist,Symonds and Rohit Kolkata-Ganguly and Gayle Delhi-Sehwag,Gambhir and Nannes Punjab-Marsh and Jayawardene Rajasthan-Warne,Watson and Yusuf.

    Since only a maximum of 4 can be retained i feel only high utility players should be retained and others should be let off....kolkata has the maximum advantage coz they don't have many good players.....even dada is not worth retaining but kkr will retain him coz else no one will buy him...... but teams should be aware tere will be lot of great new players in the auction for the first time like.....broad,anderson,swann,mitchell johnson,haddin,nathan mccullam,haddin,kieswetter and much talent will come from champions league....

  • King_Anish on September 5, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    No major League (in any sport) around the World got semi-finals, Final etc. IPL also should be like that with all teams playing against each other, home and away, and the team having most points in the League should be crowned the champions.

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    nice can Pakistan players play plz

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    IPL had been a good theory of money making by few selected individuals. And rest are just wasting time & resources.

  • Nahid_Hasan on September 5, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Utter madness! The format is one of the craziest format that I have ever seen as the looser of the semi final still get the chance of playing final!!! On top of that what's the point of calling it two groups when somehow teams will face each other in the league stage???!!! What is more important? WC or IPL??? This is shame for cricket where club cricket gets more priority than the main event!!!! The retention of players are crazy ideas. Why the clubs have spent so much money if they cant retain more than 4 players? Player regulation for Indian players are seems somewhat fulfil the madness. Coz the old players like Kife, Banger, M Karthik might remain out of the tournament as the club have to pay them more money. ONLY ONE THING IS POSITIVE in my concern is the catchment areas otherwise these does not work. This tournament may kill this game or help this game but this schedule and format only going to harm cricket. I HOPE ICC SHOULD INTERVENE HERE.

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    more matches more mazaa(or sazaa depends on way u look at it)..league phase extremely complicated but playoffs is a nice addition..

  • on September 5, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Playing teams from other groups??? Why can't they be satisfied playing 8 games. 8 games are enough for a team and a players health. GAME A GAME B AND GAME C idea sucks A normal semi-final and final with a 3rd play-off is a much better way.

  • UFO7400 on September 5, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Money has ruined a beautiful game ... As a kid I always wanted to be a crickter . Now I just hate the game .

  • aryaman1994 on September 5, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Everything else is great, but cant we wait longer than 5 days after the world cup?

  • nikhildevdesai on September 5, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    IPL is killing genuine cricket, it is by far the biggest match fixing event for bookies, and viewers just watch the games thinking anything can happen, when everything is already decided. Modi is gone, but the corruption will still be there.

  • aavi242 on September 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    thats good...the catchment players system is good....perhaps they might get some exposure...even dressing room might do goods to these newcomers

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Five days after the worldcup? So BCCI want to continue their domination over ICC? Five days after the big Worldcup!! ??

    Public is watching. There will be a case where BCCI will face what happened to PCB. Atleast, there in pakistan they are still trying to back their board & players. If tht case comes up here, with all the nonsense you are creating BCCI, you will not get an inch of support. Remember that! We are watching!

  • Procter on September 5, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Given that there has to be 4 players in the playiing XI from the catchment area, clearly the two new teams viz Pune and Kochi will suffer big. Maharshtra and Vidarbha Cricket Associations play in Plate Division of Ranji and have no BCCI contracted players. Kerala has only Sreesanth and its catchment3 associations also play Ranji plate divsion. On the other hand Delhi catchment has 12 BCCI contracted players and Mumbai 9. Baroda should have been with Pune and Gujarat and Saurashtra will Kochi. UP and MP should have been with Delhi. The non India players salary fix should have been based on number of Ranji matches played, not from when Ranji was played.

  • ssenthil on September 5, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    With the new Rule I don't think many Team going to retain many players and I believe only Dhoni and Sachin will be retained for 1.8 mn Each. I wouldn't spent 1.3 mn for S Raina or H Singh, rather I would send them to Auction and then buy him for some 600 to 800 thousand USD.

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    csk retention (3 indians and 1 overseas) msd , s raina, a morkel....... no idea abt the 3rd indianhttp://i.imgci.com/espncricinfo/postComnt.gif

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    chennai should retain dhoni,raina,ashwin n perera

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    absolutely..players need rest

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    I am worried, just 5 Days after WC... oh oh oh BCCI!!!

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    chennai to retain dhoni,raina,ashwin n perera.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 5, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Its not 5 days for us we will have plenty of time for IPL after our first round exit in world cup. Besides we have more matches in the first round (not just 3 like in 2007) so players get enough practice against international teams. After that the 'real cricket' starts. Our Yousuf/jadeja will win the matches for their home teams and their captains say that is the best performance they have seen in their life. Bajji, zaheer produce scintillating knocks with the bat and abuse the local ranji players of opposition when they get out and they go to all extent to please their franchise. My only worry is about the intn'l players who play in world cup finals but who are unavailable for the practice/training sessions for IPL. The franchise coaches say all players have to be available for the teams atleast 1 week prior2 the tournaments so that it will give them the time to build. SO IPL boards must make a new rule that they get first pref over intn'l players what ever format they play. LOLZZZ

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    *yawn*

    It's sad to see skillful players turned into nothing more than cash cows and performing monkeys for advertising and fat money men. Still who knows, 20/20 is so boring and predictable with little of the real skills and nuances of the traditional longer form of the game that eventually people will turn their back on it in favour of the real game.

  • shrastogi on September 5, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    To reduce no of matches something had to be done. Two matches with a team in other groups is like a lottery and brings in luck factor which was absent in the full league format. Same goes with these games played either home & away.

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    *yawn*

    It's sad to see skillful players turned into nothing more than cash cows and performing monkeys for advertising and fat money men. Still who knows, 20/20 is so boring and predictable with little of the real skills and nuances of the traditional longer form of the game that eventually people will turn their back on it in favour of the real game.

  • Iftekharul_Hasan_Siam on September 5, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    ohhhh! plz I think we had enough of IPL. now itz tym to look for something else. IPL already prooved dat, its overall output in indian cricket is ZERO!

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    *yawn*

    It's sad to see skillful players turned into nothing more than cash cows and performing monkeys for advertising and fat money men. Still who knows, 20/20 is so boring and predictable with little of the real skills and nuances of the traditional longer form of the game that eventually people will turn their back on it in favour of the real game.

  • radnus4u on September 5, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings should retain only MSD. Guys for Raina, Bollinger& Hussey spending 1.3 M i.e, 6 Crore is too much. We can get much better players at that price.

  • on September 5, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    .not good.....they have messed it up which can lead to confusions and ultimately losing its popularity...

    also on what basis they have kept Madhya Pradesh in kochi's catchment area /??

  • chaithan on September 5, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    I hope nobody rests during the WC so that they are fit for IPL. Also, I hope the batsmen don't practice for IPL during the WC matches.

  • They.Ra.S on September 5, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Why the loser of the first semifinalist to play one more semi final. otherwise they to select two more teams i.e 5th and 6th place wil meet in quarters and there would have to be semis between winner of game B and C to decide the other grand finalist. then it will be good. If the loser of the game is playing semi again then wil not a semi final what is it?

  • AMD. on September 5, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    The current Fixture is too lengthy.As a result the matches become a boring one towards the end of the tournament. My suggestion-As we have 10 teams,each team will play the other 9 teams once. So a team plays just (?) 9 games in the group stage.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on September 5, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    this time it will be failure.

  • thelatecut on September 5, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    I think CSK will retain MS Dhoni, S Raina, D Bollinger and M Vijay / R Ashwin

  • Arthaurian on September 5, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Oh and sorry I left something out ahem. 74 FRIGGIN MATCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????????? WTF?????? The irony is... well its palpable. Absolutely ridiculous. I wish I could watch my national team play that many matches in 5 years.

  • Arthaurian on September 5, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    WOW, you know this is just ridiculous. People keep on complaining about workload this and workload that. FTP this and FTP that. But nobody says anything about the IPL, coz they're all greedy, even the players themselves. They scream and shout like little children when it comes to the FTP, but then pacify themselves in the cash splurging glamor of the IPL. Ridiculous, I'm sorry but if there is no protest about this schedule, I will be convinced that the players aren't who they make out be. T20 is over-cooking itself, and if they continue with this blithering ignorance, they are in for a culture shock. *WARNING*

  • ad-infinitum on September 5, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    They learn nothing.....do they? Just 5 days after the World Cup ? I think they are assuming India will exit the tournament early and the Indian players (who are the major chunk of the IPL) will have loads of time to rest...........Opening up the IPL for criticism yet again.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on September 5, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Thanks for the info. If possible please bring MATCH0-FIXING Information too so that we can know in advance when Team IPL (is Team India ?) will exit the World Cup. Please don't waste time about putting up IPL Match-Fixing Information. We know it is a betting event and has been fixed years ago.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    OMG..........!!! ouch itz damn hell 2 c da matches just afta da Mega WC......i supoz IPL is takin the biggest risk ...if at all India failz in da wc den IPL wud b a very bitter pill 2 swallow 4 da fanzz....sooo itz really a big gamble.....does it worth it???? hmmmmm god knowzz...

  • SRINIVAS_CHALLAGALI on September 5, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Thanks to BCCI for atleast reducing the number of games.. else as per the format that was announced last year ..players would certainly have been flogged by the schedule.... BCCI should have moved the dates as well ...5 days to recuperate after such a Challenging tournament like the World Cup would be draining for the players as well as the viewers ;)

  • gannyboy on September 5, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    I dont think the BCCI cares that the Indian players will be playing non stop cricket till the world cup so they would need some rest after that but all the board cares for is the money and it is also not good for the IPL to happen just after the World cup. Two big tournaments in such short notice is too much.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    An unduly and unnecessarily confusing format... how can you gain an accurate picture of relative strength of each team unless they play each iother the same amount of times? The timing is awful... everyone - fans and players - will want a break after the World Cup. I ask the same question I had last year - if I do bother to watch, which team should I support?

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    To play IPL after 5 days of long format World-cup is a bothering issue!! Players are also humans and they also need rest both mentally and physically. BCCI is acting like a War commandant just asking player to play (fight) in the field endlessly until they get tired and spoil their physical and mental health! Gone the days, where cricket is played for "Glory" and "Pride". Now-a-days its looking like its only played for "Money" and "Publicity"! This is a serious issue. Cricket is being over killed by playing such unnecessary tournaments. Only players can take decision whether to participate or not in such over-killing formats! Yes...People will argue cricketers are also human beings and they also want to earn money for their bread! But the extent of earning money depends on individual's wish - whether you are earning money to get satisfaction or to get over-satisfaction!! Players need to think about this and decide!

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    The players to be retain by KKR are: S Ganguly, I Sharma, A Mathews, S Bond

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    now Indian cricketers can practise for the IPL during the worldcup tournament. They will be fresh and daring to go after the first round exit.All the best.

  • rajesh9pl on September 5, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    I just hate IPL for having so many meaning less match. IPL can never have matches more that T20 WC or ODI WC. I would like to see more matches among test playing nations in T20 or ODI WC. Players are skipping national matches, Test matches, ODIs for playing in IPL. I hate this IPL.

  • kingkarthik on September 5, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    74 matches of insanity. 74 matches of commentators lining up to lick the corporate boot. 74 matches of dumb celebrities who do not know how to spell cricket. 74 matches of hearing things which make IPL special. 74 matches of team owners lining up to tell the role thet played in motivating the players. 74 matches of sub standard cricket. 14 matches of watching Kolkota getting thrashed.

  • s.bijoy1 on September 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I think this figure is fine compared to the 94 matches plan but the only point i disagree with them is like 5 days after world cup that is too much for the players they are not machines plz remeber dat.The retaining of 4 players ummm i think this gives disadvantage to the new teams as thay have a disadvantage at the beginning itself otherwise these teams should be given chance to opt the players first before the other teams.I believe this IPL 4 will be given more preference to cricket rather than entertaintment.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    IPL(5 days after WC2011) = Burnout Paradise :D

  • kes... on September 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    just 5 days after the world cup is very disgusting.... are the players humans or machines?? they need rest, dont they?? when will the authorities wake up ??? i am sure IPL 4 will not be a big success...

  • C.W.Beer on September 5, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    this is jst ridiculous ............ how could u think of IPL(indian Paisa League) jst after 5 days of WC... wt do u think players will be at their peak after World Cup....But who cares of players.... These administrators are here Just To Earn More n More Money...

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    I can only PRAY & WISH that IPL is scrapped. Out of 8 teams currently and @ 60 Indian players put national side doesn't even get 1 good bowler, We cant even figure down on 11 players who are all match winners. IPL has given money and players have lost national interest. 20-20 cant give long term players, Ranji , Duleep trpohies shall be pin pointed to find true talent who can serve the nation. Once selected in national 16 /18 these players shall be restricted to play more than 3 matches in IPL. IPL is for retired cricketers and not a stage for young talent. Please scrap IPL and stop all the money minded market and allow such people to make money by other means BUT national cricket. I dont see a single player chosen on IPL merits and one who has a long term plan. GOD save our young crickets from this IPL.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    this is unjust u know having continuous cricket tires not only the players but also the fans.Anything must hav a gap of atleast 1 month.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    this format seems to be taken from NBA, Still 74 matches are too much..and that also just 5 days after 45 day long mega event like world-cup..

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Will there would be Pakistani's this time?

  • Partyman on September 5, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    The schedule shows how confident are the Indians about the chances of their team in the World Cup. Now they have a perfect excuse to come out at the first round - to attend their respective IPL team training sessions. Way to go India.......... In a way, is this not a form of match fixing!!?

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I am glad to see that out of the last eight comments five are against this God forbidden ipl and I hope that sooner the people realize the better it is for the Game of Cricket

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Good planning by BCCI, Assuming India exits out of WC sooner, there wouldn't be much time left for the public or media to start the blame game. If they can hold the auction in those 5 days it will become far more exciting.

  • on September 5, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    The format is OBVIOUSLY too long. 74 matches?!!! OMG! After the duration of world cup I doubt viewers around the cricket playing nation would want to watch most of the matches. Only viewers from India would be tuning in the most. All I gotta say, they chose a wrong timing to schedule the matches.

  • maddy20 on September 5, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    74 matches means fewer games per team which is a welcome change. But right after the world-cup? That too just 5 days break? Come on BCCI!

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    4 player retain that means main 32 player are not available in auction.bad news for the two new teams.....

  • tones765 on September 5, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    These are my nominations for the retentions for every team..Based on player calibre,worth and team requirements!

    Chennai Super Kings - MS Dhoni, S Raina, M Hayden, A Morkel

    Mumbai Indians - S Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, L Malinga, K Pollard

    Royal Challengers Bangalore - A Kumble, R Uthappa, D Steyn, J Kallis

    Deccan Chargers - A Gilchrist, A Symonds, Rohit Sharma, P Ojha

    Delhi Daredevils - G Gambhir, V Sehwag, T Dilshan, D Warner

    Rajasthan Royals - S Warne, S Watson, N Ojha, Yusuf Pathan

    Kolkata Knight Riders - S Ganguly, C Gayle, B Mccullum, Ishant Sharma

    Punjab Kings XI - K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan.

    One thing is for sure and that is this auction is goin to be a frenzy! I feel the teams that will benefit the most with this retention is chennai,mumbai and deccan! and the teams that will suffer the most would be bangalore & punjab!

    Becasue i wouldnt retain kumble when u can get a star player for free! and yuvi has issues with the team! Go IPL!!

  • dineshdutt on September 5, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    nooooooooooooooo............ We need more time to celebrate WC victory........ We 'll celebrate for at least 2 weeks........

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    now Indian cricketers can practise for the IPL during the worldcup tournament.

    They will be fresh and daring to go after the first round exit.All the best.

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    What a cricket overkill!I would not be even bothered to know the results of these IPL matches let alone watch it.It's viewership will be decided by not so serious cricket fans after the end of world cup which is itself a big tournament.Though fans have a option one could feel for the cricketers to exhaust themselves in the Indian summer even though they are handsomely paid.Phew!Again the success of the IPL4 comes with a huge rider i.e India's performance at the world cup.It took me three years to understand that India does not benefit anything in terms of performance on the field.

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    thnx for IPL team 74 Matches wow Rock

  • springonion on September 5, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    The format is ridiculous, it's far too long and the league is sucking the life out of cricket. Other that that, the IPL is alright.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Why on earth do teams from the same group have to play each other again??? Points from games between those teams can just carry forward. The things these guys do to please broadcasters and sponsors!!!

  • ksaba on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    CSK

    I'd definitely retain Dhoni, Raina, Hussey and Bollinger

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Shame on BCCI , just five days after world cup , players do need rest and i hope players like MSD , SRT , Viru take rest as then we have big cricket season coming up

  • ManHOOS on September 5, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    this tournament is boring plz save cricket from money its a gentleman game someone is spoling this game

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  • ManHOOS on September 5, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    this tournament is boring plz save cricket from money its a gentleman game someone is spoling this game

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Shame on BCCI , just five days after world cup , players do need rest and i hope players like MSD , SRT , Viru take rest as then we have big cricket season coming up

  • ksaba on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    CSK

    I'd definitely retain Dhoni, Raina, Hussey and Bollinger

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on September 5, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Why on earth do teams from the same group have to play each other again??? Points from games between those teams can just carry forward. The things these guys do to please broadcasters and sponsors!!!

  • springonion on September 5, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    The format is ridiculous, it's far too long and the league is sucking the life out of cricket. Other that that, the IPL is alright.

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    thnx for IPL team 74 Matches wow Rock

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    What a cricket overkill!I would not be even bothered to know the results of these IPL matches let alone watch it.It's viewership will be decided by not so serious cricket fans after the end of world cup which is itself a big tournament.Though fans have a option one could feel for the cricketers to exhaust themselves in the Indian summer even though they are handsomely paid.Phew!Again the success of the IPL4 comes with a huge rider i.e India's performance at the world cup.It took me three years to understand that India does not benefit anything in terms of performance on the field.

  • on September 5, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    now Indian cricketers can practise for the IPL during the worldcup tournament.

    They will be fresh and daring to go after the first round exit.All the best.

  • dineshdutt on September 5, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    nooooooooooooooo............ We need more time to celebrate WC victory........ We 'll celebrate for at least 2 weeks........

  • tones765 on September 5, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    These are my nominations for the retentions for every team..Based on player calibre,worth and team requirements!

    Chennai Super Kings - MS Dhoni, S Raina, M Hayden, A Morkel

    Mumbai Indians - S Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, L Malinga, K Pollard

    Royal Challengers Bangalore - A Kumble, R Uthappa, D Steyn, J Kallis

    Deccan Chargers - A Gilchrist, A Symonds, Rohit Sharma, P Ojha

    Delhi Daredevils - G Gambhir, V Sehwag, T Dilshan, D Warner

    Rajasthan Royals - S Warne, S Watson, N Ojha, Yusuf Pathan

    Kolkata Knight Riders - S Ganguly, C Gayle, B Mccullum, Ishant Sharma

    Punjab Kings XI - K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan.

    One thing is for sure and that is this auction is goin to be a frenzy! I feel the teams that will benefit the most with this retention is chennai,mumbai and deccan! and the teams that will suffer the most would be bangalore & punjab!

    Becasue i wouldnt retain kumble when u can get a star player for free! and yuvi has issues with the team! Go IPL!!