IPL 2012 news February 23, 2012

Levi, Kevin O'Brien on Pune radar

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A wicketkeeper, a middle-order batsman and an allrounder top the buying list of the Pune Warriors, who have started knocking on the doors of rival franchises to explore any possible trading opportunities. At the moment the Warriors have to fill three slots for international players having released Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine (injured) and bought out West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor's contract. But they have only a week left before the trading window - opened specially for them in the aftermath of the truce signed by the BCCI and Sahara, who own the franchise - ends on February 29.

It is understood that names such as young South Africa batsman Richard Levi and Ireland allrounder Kevin O'Brien are among the players the Warriors might consider. Levi catapulted himself into contention after he blasted the fastest T20I hundred against New Zealand on February 19. As for O'Brien, who went unsold in the IPL's supplementary auction on February 4, insiders reveal he could still be a prospect.

Tim Southee, the New Zealand fast bowler, who played last year as a replacement player for the Chennai Super Kings, could get a look-in, too, especially if Allan Donald, the Warriors' bowling coach, backs him. Donald spent a few months as bowling consultant with New Zealand till the World Cup last year and was impressed by Southee's aggression.

The Warriors also require a wicketkeeper. Robin Uthappa did the job for them in IPL 2011 with Paine playing only two matches, one of them as a specialist batsman.

Sourav Ganguly, the Warriors' mentor and a favourite to take over the leadership reins in the absence of Yuvraj Singh, is expected to take the final call on the shortlist of players when he meets the franchise officials later this week.

With a purse of $3.4 million available to them, the Warriors have no shortage of funds. If anything there are no big international players left in the market who would be available for the entire IPL season, which starts on April 4 and ends on May 27.

According to a BCCI official, the Warriors could face competition from some other franchises who are on the lookout for temporary replacements. "Mumbai Indians might look for a replacement for Andrew Symonds, who retired recently," the board official said. "It is not going to be easy for Warriors. It is not like they want someone so [they] go get him."

Meanwhile Sahara have sent a letter to the owners of the other franchises, asking them to consider their request of fielding five foreign players this season to offset the absence of Yuvraj. The BCCI had originally refused to entertain the Warriors' request, but after negotiations, allowed Sahara to seek "consent" from the other eight franchises on the issue. Most franchises ESPNcricinfo spoke to recently were not in favour of such a move.

Their stand has still not changed. "If it is five for them, then it should be five for everybody. I have spoken to five to six other franchises and they are of the same opinion," a franchise official said.

The Warriors officials have conceded that it would be hard to get a consensus among the remaining eight franchises. But the Warriors have decided to stay positive and are also interested in some players from other teams. They would be writing to the IPL to express their interest. The IPL would then contact the concerned franchises and get back to the Warriors.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 25, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Richard Levi is the guy..He has hit 15 sixes in 3 t20s..nothing can be said more about him

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Good luck to them for the 2012 season, but allowing them to field 5 overseas players just wouldn't be fair to the other franchises, Yuvraj-less or not. I don't see the other franchises agreeing to such a proposal, especially since they've already intimated that they're not supportive. Here's hoping they can pick up exciting players such as Levi and O'Brien - imagine those two at the crease at the same time!

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I would concentrate on local talent. If you remember how the first IPL was won by RR, find some good cheap players with something to prove. Would go for players based on Averages and stats, Play Players who have good averages. Have a look at these guys: batsmen KULDEEP RAVAL (Saurashtra) - young guy has only played 4 matches but already scored 2 fifties - average 62 - strike rate - 203!!! Selvam Suresh Kumar (signed for chennai SK But not played) - Average - 36 strike rate - 182!!! Sushant Hemant Marathe (was signed to kochi tuskers) - has healthy average and good strike rate,, also could fill wicketkeeper role. good bet - average - 50 strike rate - 150 Bowlers Now I would love to go local but it has to be said WHY HAS NO ONE BOUGHT RAVI RAMPAUL!!???! Just sign him also samuel badree again of west indies is a good bet. Would try to trade in Joginder Sharma, might be a wild card player. Has experience and has shown some good form, in domestic. Hope Pune Warriors reading this

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    nasir hossain and tamim iqbal would very good choice from bangladesh

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    i wonder y peter siddle has not been taken by any of the teams...he bowls good yorker and has good pace..

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Owais Shah is a quality middle order batsmen. The mordern Mark Ramprakash of English Cricket has been quite influential in T20 leagues in the fortunes of teams like Hobart Hurricanes, CapeCobras etc. He should be picked. In domestic players, they can pick Harshal Patel from MP.

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Brendan Taylor would fill two of those choices - wicket-keeper/middle-order batsman. He's an excellent finisher too!

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Tatenda Taibu or BJ Watling maybe even Luke Ronchi.

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    i think pune should consider brendan taylor

  • AABIRSABEEL on February 24, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Pune should go for PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN and VVS Laxman along with Ibrahim KHALEEL of Cochi tuskers kerala and Hyderabad. P Parameswaran took 9 wicket in 2 matches in V Hazare trophy and in good form

  • on February 25, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Richard Levi is the guy..He has hit 15 sixes in 3 t20s..nothing can be said more about him

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Good luck to them for the 2012 season, but allowing them to field 5 overseas players just wouldn't be fair to the other franchises, Yuvraj-less or not. I don't see the other franchises agreeing to such a proposal, especially since they've already intimated that they're not supportive. Here's hoping they can pick up exciting players such as Levi and O'Brien - imagine those two at the crease at the same time!

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I would concentrate on local talent. If you remember how the first IPL was won by RR, find some good cheap players with something to prove. Would go for players based on Averages and stats, Play Players who have good averages. Have a look at these guys: batsmen KULDEEP RAVAL (Saurashtra) - young guy has only played 4 matches but already scored 2 fifties - average 62 - strike rate - 203!!! Selvam Suresh Kumar (signed for chennai SK But not played) - Average - 36 strike rate - 182!!! Sushant Hemant Marathe (was signed to kochi tuskers) - has healthy average and good strike rate,, also could fill wicketkeeper role. good bet - average - 50 strike rate - 150 Bowlers Now I would love to go local but it has to be said WHY HAS NO ONE BOUGHT RAVI RAMPAUL!!???! Just sign him also samuel badree again of west indies is a good bet. Would try to trade in Joginder Sharma, might be a wild card player. Has experience and has shown some good form, in domestic. Hope Pune Warriors reading this

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    nasir hossain and tamim iqbal would very good choice from bangladesh

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    i wonder y peter siddle has not been taken by any of the teams...he bowls good yorker and has good pace..

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Owais Shah is a quality middle order batsmen. The mordern Mark Ramprakash of English Cricket has been quite influential in T20 leagues in the fortunes of teams like Hobart Hurricanes, CapeCobras etc. He should be picked. In domestic players, they can pick Harshal Patel from MP.

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Brendan Taylor would fill two of those choices - wicket-keeper/middle-order batsman. He's an excellent finisher too!

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Tatenda Taibu or BJ Watling maybe even Luke Ronchi.

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    i think pune should consider brendan taylor

  • AABIRSABEEL on February 24, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Pune should go for PRASHANTH PARAMESWARAN and VVS Laxman along with Ibrahim KHALEEL of Cochi tuskers kerala and Hyderabad. P Parameswaran took 9 wicket in 2 matches in V Hazare trophy and in good form

  • on February 24, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    please give a chance to kevin .......................

  • Saikat_Chakraborty on February 24, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    hmm. b.taylor would be best choice. Russel(WI) is very effective...they must consider many other zimbabwian.

  • 7477 on February 24, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    its the previous IPL experience which counts a lot along with new IPL Blood. so Pune can choose from Moises Henriques/Owais Shah/Tim Southee/Morne Wan Wyk/Dwayne Smith & Farveez Maharoof while considering new faces such as Graame Swaan/Martin Guptil/Richard Levi/Marlon Samuels/Elton Chigumbura/ Brendon Taylor/Kevin O'Brien/Paul Stirling & perhaps Luke Wright or maybe Lunowo Tsotsobe. @ least 5-6 faces from the above lists would do a world of good for depleted Pune side. Gangully should captain if not anyone for Uthappa?

  • Sachit1979 on February 24, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    If any of the PUNE WARRIORS think tank reading this post, analyze about JEEWANTH KULATUNGA from Sri Lanka. He is real blaster in this format and yesterday only he scored quickfire century for Tamil Union in Sri Lankan domestic competition. He could be purchased with very low cost and yield very high results.

  • on February 24, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    i think as a wicket keeper and batsman craig keiswetter...nd as allrounder....they can go for tim bresnan.....nd richard levi too......

  • Sreesanthkb on February 24, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Pune Warriors signed West Indies batting all-rounder Marlon Samuels and Krishna Kant Upadhyay a right arm medium bowler from railways....

  • on February 24, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Mathew wade is also a very good option.

  • on February 24, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    they must go for Brendon taylor

  • 512fm on February 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Not quite sure that Levi and Southee on the same team will go down that well going by the current series...

  • on February 23, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    I want Kevin to get the contract, its going to be a great boost for associates.

  • on February 23, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Guptill,richard levi,tim southee, marlon samuels, dwayne smith, are some options ..

  • gowthammokshagundam on February 23, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I would like Owais Shah, Brendon Taylor, Luke Wright ,Tim Southee and Richard Levi to be in the pune squad .They have all the right now to go for any number of players

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Morne Van Wyke will be good keeper / opening batsmen for the Warriors.

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Uthapa is not the best choise. A man like Paine would work. Since he is injured Haddin could work if he isn't taken. Southee is a good buy yet he didn't work with Chennai because we have Albie and Doug. Kevin would definatly work but Sourav is to old for captaincy.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 23, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    If Sir Ravindra of Jadeja is worth $2 million then I wonder what these two batsmen real woryh would be.

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Robin Uthappa, Richard Levi, Graeme smith, Jesse ryder, kevin o brein.. will form a very strong top order.. i am not sure if there are any other good local players..

  • LynadThike on February 23, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    BRENDAN TAYLOR from Zimbabwe!!! Top Batsmen and wicketkeeper!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    i would rather suggest that martin guptill would to a good choice for the pune team if he is available... he is in good touch and with his international experience he can blast any opposition on his given day....

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    i think pune bought marlon samuels and kevin o brian...

  • on February 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Pune could opt for Maharashtra skipper, Rohit Motwani, as keeper ! Motwani is a competent keeper and batsman

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  • on February 23, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Pune could opt for Maharashtra skipper, Rohit Motwani, as keeper ! Motwani is a competent keeper and batsman

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    i think pune bought marlon samuels and kevin o brian...

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    i would rather suggest that martin guptill would to a good choice for the pune team if he is available... he is in good touch and with his international experience he can blast any opposition on his given day....

  • LynadThike on February 23, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    BRENDAN TAYLOR from Zimbabwe!!! Top Batsmen and wicketkeeper!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Robin Uthappa, Richard Levi, Graeme smith, Jesse ryder, kevin o brein.. will form a very strong top order.. i am not sure if there are any other good local players..

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on February 23, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    If Sir Ravindra of Jadeja is worth $2 million then I wonder what these two batsmen real woryh would be.

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Uthapa is not the best choise. A man like Paine would work. Since he is injured Haddin could work if he isn't taken. Southee is a good buy yet he didn't work with Chennai because we have Albie and Doug. Kevin would definatly work but Sourav is to old for captaincy.

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Morne Van Wyke will be good keeper / opening batsmen for the Warriors.

  • gowthammokshagundam on February 23, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    I would like Owais Shah, Brendon Taylor, Luke Wright ,Tim Southee and Richard Levi to be in the pune squad .They have all the right now to go for any number of players

  • on February 23, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Guptill,richard levi,tim southee, marlon samuels, dwayne smith, are some options ..