IPL news February 9, 2012

BCCI, Sahara to meet on weekend

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BCCI and Sahara India Parivar are scheduled to meet this weekend, probably on February 12, to discuss the issues that led to Sahara withdrawing its sponsorship of the Indian team and ownership of the Pune Warriors IPL franchise.

Officials privy to the dialogue between the parties told ESPNcricinfo that the venue and time would be finalised on February 11. Chennai is the likely choice because of the BCCI working committee meeting there on February 13; Mumbai is the alternative.

"Yes, the discussions are on. We don't have a date [as] people are busy," a BCCI official said. Asked if Sahara would be happy to reverse their decision, the official said: "Don't worry about it, these issues will get sorted ... They will be back, no one is going anywhere"

The IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, who is also one of the BCCI vice-presidents, has been in frequent contact with Subrata Roy, Sahara's chairman. On February 4, Roy had said he was forced to end the relationship with the BCCI because of a "chain of displeasure" between the sponsors and the board. However, the BCCI president N Srinivasan expressed a desire to resolve the dispute, and Roy reciprocated saying he would be open to talks.

It is understood that on Thursday, the Sahara management asked the coaching staff to shortlist names of players the Warriors would like to buy from the other franchises during the ongoing trading window, which closes on March 4.

"The coaches have been asked to see what the options left to get the team balance correct are," a Sahara official told ESPNcricinfo.

According to a Sahara source, they are happy with the strength of the present Warriors squad, but they missed out on bolstering the middle-order void caused by Yuvraj Singh's unavailability due to illness.

If the IPL had allowed Sahara's request to add Yuvraj's cost ($1.8 million) to the auction purse ($2 million), the source said they could have gone all out for the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Vinay Kumar and may be even a wicketkeeper. The Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine is injured and will not be available for the fifth season. Robin Uthappa, a part time keeper, is expected to keep wicket this season but Pune are on a lookout for a domestic glovesman.

"Now we will have to re-think our strategy, considering we did not participate in the auction," a Sahara source said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I am not seeing Afghan player here, I am preferring Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan and for Pune Warriors a good wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad averaging more than 40 in ODI and more than 70 in test, and Karim Sadiq for this IPL.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    IPL is a drama filled bollywood film BCCI is drama filled biased company, money is the driving force. Because of them Indian cricket team has become only the 7th best team. They should clean up the BCCI for the sake of Indian cricket.

  • LillianThomson on February 11, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Cricket in the big countries is headed where it deserves to. India and Australia have prioritised T20, and have their worst Test batting fortunes for decades. England too is increasingly prioritising domestic T20 over First Class cricket, and now has the least depth to its Test batting line-up for 90 years, with no real alternative to the misfiring Bell and Pietersen. But New Zealand has old-fashioned grafters like John Wright and Brendon Bracewell who are creating gems like Doug Bracewell, while South Africa has the similar Gary Kirsten/ Graeme Smith combo and Pakistan has Misbah/Mohsin. Just compare: Mohsin+Misbah = Smith+Kirsten = Taylor+Wright. But each pair is worth any two combinations of Srinivasan+Dhoni+Fletcher or Sutherland+Clarke+Arthur or Clarke+Strauss+Flower.

  • Spokes007 on February 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Bollywood style IPL+ BCCI = disaster for the gentlemans' game.

  • Spokes007 on February 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    somebody93....you need to help me with your facts...what I know is: 44.2% of Indian household have access to a TV. 80% of the IPL games are acrried over payperview . Pakistan love for India can't be that good that they all tune in to IPL when their players are not in it. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh TV penetration is about 25%, and they cannot afford the Payperview rate to watch IPL. So I am not sure where the billions come from. Indian having billions does not mean everyone watches the game. As for the W.I the population is ~6million.

  • LillianThomson on February 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Somebody93 espouses the value of IPL over Test cricket. But consider the case of Vinay Kumar. He played on a fast bowlers' dream wicket at Perth last month, on which India was bowled out for 161 and 171, at fewer than 3 runs per over in each innings. Yet his figures were 13-0-73-1, which accurately reflect just how out of his depth he was. The "poor" guy would not be in the best 5000 fast bowlers in Australia - or even the best 1000 in New Zealand - yet he has just scored a $1 million IPL contract. I live very close to an Australian top division soccer side, and I like soccer, but I wouldn't watch my local team because the quality is garbage. But the great triumph and tragedy of IPL is that Indian fans passionately follow garbage cricket by highly-paid mediocrities like Vinay Kumar - and don't recognise that it is trash. It's a triumph for mediocrity, but it has turned India's previously strong cricket team into a laughing stock around the world as they lose every away Test they play.

  • somebody93 on February 10, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @LillianThomson : Yes, Test Match cricket is precisely for a few million people like you, whereas, in the Indian sub continent, IPL is being watched by a few Billion people...

    It is purely a matter of demand and supply and anything to do with IPL is a smashing hit in this part of the world and no one really cares about a few million 'puritans' who do not watch IPL from Australia, England or New Zealand...

  • on February 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The arrogance with which BCCI conduct itself needs to be addressed.

  • LillianThomson on February 10, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: I'm not English, I'm from New Zealand, you know, home of the second rate team which drew the first two of its three Tests in India last year? As for @somebody93, writing that in this busy world people don't follow Test cricket....Wrong. Millions of us watch every ball of the two days which fall on a weekend, and on the other 2-3 days we listen on the radio during breaks at work or keep our work computer ticking over with the score from Cricinfo. The irony of the empty stands when England played Pakistan in Dubai was that from New Zealand in the east to West Indies in the west to South Africa in the south there were large numbers of people watching on TV and following on the internet. Whereas I split my time between Australia, NZ and England and have never met a single cricket fan who has ever watched even one IPL match on TV. Never. Ever. Domestic English soccer or SA or NZ rugby, yes. IPL? Never.

  • bigben_bigben on February 10, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @LillianThomson: "England team which improved significantly away to Pakistan - got itself into match-winning positions in the last two Tests". LOL, Really?! They got their clocks cleaned by a young, inexperienced Pakistan team. English fans sure are delusional. Don't worry after SA/NZ series you will no longer be No. 1. It will be back to doormat status soon.

  • on February 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I am not seeing Afghan player here, I am preferring Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan and for Pune Warriors a good wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad averaging more than 40 in ODI and more than 70 in test, and Karim Sadiq for this IPL.

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    IPL is a drama filled bollywood film BCCI is drama filled biased company, money is the driving force. Because of them Indian cricket team has become only the 7th best team. They should clean up the BCCI for the sake of Indian cricket.

  • LillianThomson on February 11, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Cricket in the big countries is headed where it deserves to. India and Australia have prioritised T20, and have their worst Test batting fortunes for decades. England too is increasingly prioritising domestic T20 over First Class cricket, and now has the least depth to its Test batting line-up for 90 years, with no real alternative to the misfiring Bell and Pietersen. But New Zealand has old-fashioned grafters like John Wright and Brendon Bracewell who are creating gems like Doug Bracewell, while South Africa has the similar Gary Kirsten/ Graeme Smith combo and Pakistan has Misbah/Mohsin. Just compare: Mohsin+Misbah = Smith+Kirsten = Taylor+Wright. But each pair is worth any two combinations of Srinivasan+Dhoni+Fletcher or Sutherland+Clarke+Arthur or Clarke+Strauss+Flower.

  • Spokes007 on February 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Bollywood style IPL+ BCCI = disaster for the gentlemans' game.

  • Spokes007 on February 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    somebody93....you need to help me with your facts...what I know is: 44.2% of Indian household have access to a TV. 80% of the IPL games are acrried over payperview . Pakistan love for India can't be that good that they all tune in to IPL when their players are not in it. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh TV penetration is about 25%, and they cannot afford the Payperview rate to watch IPL. So I am not sure where the billions come from. Indian having billions does not mean everyone watches the game. As for the W.I the population is ~6million.

  • LillianThomson on February 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @Somebody93 espouses the value of IPL over Test cricket. But consider the case of Vinay Kumar. He played on a fast bowlers' dream wicket at Perth last month, on which India was bowled out for 161 and 171, at fewer than 3 runs per over in each innings. Yet his figures were 13-0-73-1, which accurately reflect just how out of his depth he was. The "poor" guy would not be in the best 5000 fast bowlers in Australia - or even the best 1000 in New Zealand - yet he has just scored a $1 million IPL contract. I live very close to an Australian top division soccer side, and I like soccer, but I wouldn't watch my local team because the quality is garbage. But the great triumph and tragedy of IPL is that Indian fans passionately follow garbage cricket by highly-paid mediocrities like Vinay Kumar - and don't recognise that it is trash. It's a triumph for mediocrity, but it has turned India's previously strong cricket team into a laughing stock around the world as they lose every away Test they play.

  • somebody93 on February 10, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @LillianThomson : Yes, Test Match cricket is precisely for a few million people like you, whereas, in the Indian sub continent, IPL is being watched by a few Billion people...

    It is purely a matter of demand and supply and anything to do with IPL is a smashing hit in this part of the world and no one really cares about a few million 'puritans' who do not watch IPL from Australia, England or New Zealand...

  • on February 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    The arrogance with which BCCI conduct itself needs to be addressed.

  • LillianThomson on February 10, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: I'm not English, I'm from New Zealand, you know, home of the second rate team which drew the first two of its three Tests in India last year? As for @somebody93, writing that in this busy world people don't follow Test cricket....Wrong. Millions of us watch every ball of the two days which fall on a weekend, and on the other 2-3 days we listen on the radio during breaks at work or keep our work computer ticking over with the score from Cricinfo. The irony of the empty stands when England played Pakistan in Dubai was that from New Zealand in the east to West Indies in the west to South Africa in the south there were large numbers of people watching on TV and following on the internet. Whereas I split my time between Australia, NZ and England and have never met a single cricket fan who has ever watched even one IPL match on TV. Never. Ever. Domestic English soccer or SA or NZ rugby, yes. IPL? Never.

  • bigben_bigben on February 10, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    @LillianThomson: "England team which improved significantly away to Pakistan - got itself into match-winning positions in the last two Tests". LOL, Really?! They got their clocks cleaned by a young, inexperienced Pakistan team. English fans sure are delusional. Don't worry after SA/NZ series you will no longer be No. 1. It will be back to doormat status soon.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @LillianThomson funny to see you are posting excuses before the start of English tour...lol..do not expect anything different than the ODI results when u last visited here...your ability to survive in a turning track is visible!

  • wc1992 on February 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    this is just Pathatic .......i thought ipl was domestic comptetion

  • muralivasudevan on February 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    wish uv 2 recover soon the spw has 2 work hard this season ignoring these confusions and has 2 reach atleast the berth 2 the play offs expecting dada will lead the team to glory and spw will emerge as one of the strongest teams in the league with the likes of guys such as mathews, uthappa, m.marsh, m.karthick and ofcourse dada in it. all the best pune wariors.

  • somebody93 on February 10, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    In this fast paced world , no sane person would be willing to waste 5 percious days of his life watching Test match Cricket.

    Except,of course, those former test cricketers turned commentators, who can afford to spend all the time in the world to watch it and get paid for it as well in the process...

    IPL is here to stay. It is ideally suited for today's fast paced world - a 3 hour package which can be enjoyed like an action packed movie.

    Those who wish to watch award-winning films can go ahead and watch test match cricket...

  • chapathishot on February 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    LillianThomson we are waiting for thr greats to come to India ,they will be eating more humble pie than in UAE for a record India lost one test since 2003-04 at home and no series loss.

  • LillianThomson on February 9, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @correctcall wrote "Does Mr Srinivasan do humble pie? If so he might save a slice for the ICC and agree to India accepting DRS given that they are playing at home on slow, low, turners for the next 20 months. Self interest would dictate that to be the smart move." The thing is, I don't think that there is even that much vision left in Indian cricket administration these days. DRS is probably India's only chance of beating an England team which improved significantly away to Pakistan - and got itself into match-winning positions in the last two Tests. But the poor cricket connoisseurs in India are left orphaned in this horrible IPL landscape. They get one month of meaningless Bollywood bling called the IPL, in which their rockstar cricketers play has-beens from overseas and a bunch of West Indians who are equally spoiled. But then their Test team disgraces them because it has forgotten the old-fashioned virtues. Kohli has interesting tattoos, but Azhar and Ross Taylor can bat!

  • on February 9, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I would like to see Saurav Ganguly roaring like a tiger again and really everybody is hoping that Yuvraj might play a game or two and wish to see Uthappa hitting hard to axe Dhoni from blues as dhoni is nothing better than him in wicket keeping as well as batting

  • on February 9, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Pune can go for two WK one teenage kerala star Sanju Samson or Karnataka WK batsman Lokesh Rahul or even Ibrahim Khaleel his in good form.

  • on February 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    i would be happy if pune is playing in ipl 2012......and hope uv will play atleast one game for team N fans.....as he is recovering fast...

  • correctcall on February 9, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Does Mr Srinivasan do humble pie? If so he might save a slice for the ICC and agree to India accepting DRS given that they are playing at home on slow, low, turners for the next 20 months. Self interest would dictate that to be the smart move.

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  • correctcall on February 9, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Does Mr Srinivasan do humble pie? If so he might save a slice for the ICC and agree to India accepting DRS given that they are playing at home on slow, low, turners for the next 20 months. Self interest would dictate that to be the smart move.

  • on February 9, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    i would be happy if pune is playing in ipl 2012......and hope uv will play atleast one game for team N fans.....as he is recovering fast...

  • on February 9, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Pune can go for two WK one teenage kerala star Sanju Samson or Karnataka WK batsman Lokesh Rahul or even Ibrahim Khaleel his in good form.

  • on February 9, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    I would like to see Saurav Ganguly roaring like a tiger again and really everybody is hoping that Yuvraj might play a game or two and wish to see Uthappa hitting hard to axe Dhoni from blues as dhoni is nothing better than him in wicket keeping as well as batting

  • LillianThomson on February 9, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @correctcall wrote "Does Mr Srinivasan do humble pie? If so he might save a slice for the ICC and agree to India accepting DRS given that they are playing at home on slow, low, turners for the next 20 months. Self interest would dictate that to be the smart move." The thing is, I don't think that there is even that much vision left in Indian cricket administration these days. DRS is probably India's only chance of beating an England team which improved significantly away to Pakistan - and got itself into match-winning positions in the last two Tests. But the poor cricket connoisseurs in India are left orphaned in this horrible IPL landscape. They get one month of meaningless Bollywood bling called the IPL, in which their rockstar cricketers play has-beens from overseas and a bunch of West Indians who are equally spoiled. But then their Test team disgraces them because it has forgotten the old-fashioned virtues. Kohli has interesting tattoos, but Azhar and Ross Taylor can bat!

  • chapathishot on February 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    LillianThomson we are waiting for thr greats to come to India ,they will be eating more humble pie than in UAE for a record India lost one test since 2003-04 at home and no series loss.

  • somebody93 on February 10, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    In this fast paced world , no sane person would be willing to waste 5 percious days of his life watching Test match Cricket.

    Except,of course, those former test cricketers turned commentators, who can afford to spend all the time in the world to watch it and get paid for it as well in the process...

    IPL is here to stay. It is ideally suited for today's fast paced world - a 3 hour package which can be enjoyed like an action packed movie.

    Those who wish to watch award-winning films can go ahead and watch test match cricket...

  • muralivasudevan on February 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    wish uv 2 recover soon the spw has 2 work hard this season ignoring these confusions and has 2 reach atleast the berth 2 the play offs expecting dada will lead the team to glory and spw will emerge as one of the strongest teams in the league with the likes of guys such as mathews, uthappa, m.marsh, m.karthick and ofcourse dada in it. all the best pune wariors.

  • wc1992 on February 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    this is just Pathatic .......i thought ipl was domestic comptetion

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @LillianThomson funny to see you are posting excuses before the start of English tour...lol..do not expect anything different than the ODI results when u last visited here...your ability to survive in a turning track is visible!