BCCI remains firm with S. Sreesanth lifetime ban

Citing that the Kerela High Court’s decision was contrary to the present rules of the organisation, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has filed an appeal against the lifting the lifetime the ban on former-bowler S Sreesanth. According to ANI, this came after Kerala High Court’s judgment on August 7 as the board was unhappy with the HC’s motion and seeks to reprimand the judgment.

In an affidavit in the beginning of 2017, the BCCI had stated that the standard proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. This implies that the accused may be free of the criminal charges (following the evidence)  however, but can be apprehended if the internal disciplinary rules of an organisation are violated.

The court’s response to the affidavit was stated in the current motion which lifts the ban. It said that BCCI failed to acknowledge the evidence as a whole. It pointed that only empty allegations that were made by the plaintiff could only submit confessions of the accused, which the defended said were forced out of him.

Sreesanth was accused of spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) along with two other teammates of the same club. Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan still face a permanent career ban whereas Sreesanth was acquitted in 2015.

Sources: Indian Express & Times of India

 

SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tender process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

Links: NDTV, Economic Times

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SC rejects Subramanian Swamy’s plea for e-auction of IPL telecast rights

A three-judge bench of Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the petition by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member (MP) Subramanian Swamy for e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the next five years. The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud refused to direct the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the tender process.

In his petition, as sourced by NDTV Sports, Swamy claimed, “Huge money is involved amounting to Rs. 25000-30000 crore in the valuable rights associated with the game of cricket in India which makes it mandatory to have the auction process robust, completely transparent, in order to maximise revenue and prevent vested interests from making undue gains”.

The Vinod Rai led Committee of Administrators (as appointed by the SC) had supported physical tender process over e-auction. Appearing on behalf of the COA, senior advocate Parag Tripathi called the current tendor process of BCCI a “better option” as all the bidders’ best quotes to get the telecast rights are kept in a sealed envelope.

The IPL 2018 tournament would start in April.

News Sources- The Economic Times, NDTV Sports

Vivo retains IPL title sponsorship rights for the next five seasons

Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Vivo will continue to be the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League for the next five seasons, i.e., from 2018 to 2022. Vivo retained the title sponsorship rights after a whopping bid of Rs 2,199 crore. The bid was won by Vivo Mobile India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian arm of China-based mobile communications firm Vivo Electronics Corp.

Vivo had acquired the title sponsorship rights of the cash-rich T20 league in 2015 after PepsiCo had pulled out, mid-way, from a five-year deal which was to expire in 2017. In 2015, Vivo had bagged the title sponsorship rights for Rs 200 crore for two years. This time around Vivo’s bid is a mammoth 554% more than their bid two years ago. The annual break-up of the deal comes around to be Rs 440 crore. Oppo Mobiles India, another Chinese smartphone manufacturer’s bid came a distant second with a price of Rs 1,430 crore. The BCCI had invited bids for the title sponsorship of the IPL for the next five years on May 31, 2017.

“We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor for IPL for next five years. The association with Vivo has been great for the past two seasons and I am sure they will continue to make it bigger and better”, said IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.

Vivo Electronics has also the acquired the title sponsorship rights of the Pro-Kabaddi League for five years, starting 2017 for Rs 300 crore.

Sources: Times of India, Indian Express

Stokes highest paid, Ishant goes unsold in IPL ’17

In the midst of India vs Australia Test series, the auction for the 10th season of the IPL ended with quite a few talking points. With English all-rounder Ben stokes drawing the highest bid of 14.5 crores and top ranked T20 bowler Imran Tahir and Indian pacer Ishant Sharma attracting no bidders; the auction house like IPL had quite an amount of drama to it.

With quite an amount of cash in their pocket and 75 places to fill, the franchises opened with a shocker when Madley’s Hammer could get Martin Guptil sold in the morning session.

In a strategic bidding process, a big number of players were sold at their base prices including the likes of Eoin Morgan who went to Kings XI Punjab for the price of Rs 2 Crore.

While explosive players like Jason Roy and former T20 rank one batsman Alex Hales went unsold, last year’s most expensive buy Pawan Negi went to RCB for Rs 1 Crore; 1/8th the price of last year.

In a huge surprise promising English fast bowler Tymal Mills went to RCB for 12 Crores attracting bidders nationwide from the base price of Rs 50 Lacs only.

While the big guns faced trouble getting a bidder, young Indian guns K Gowtham, Aniket Choudhary attracted bidders to fetch them a price tag of Rs 2 Crore each.

Mohammad Nabi today became the first Afgan player to be bought by an IPL franchise, while his 18 year old fellow teammate Rashid Khan Arman, a young leggie made Sun Risers Hyderabad shell rs 4 Crore from their pockets.

The afternoon recall session saw quite a few players getting into teams at their base prices. Unexpected bidding, safe plays, and economic spending; this auction will certainly be a talking point in this season.  With teams trying to go for stability more than stars, this year’s IPL has to be a must watch for the cricket fans across the globe.

News Sources- NDTV, Economic Times 

Raina to captain Rajkot team ‘Gujarat Lions’

New Delhi: Suresh Raina has been named the captain of the Rajkot-based IPL team, ‘Gujarat Lions’ as announced by owner of the team, Keshav Bansal, in New Delhi today.

Australian batsman Brad Hodge has been selected as the coach for the team. He has been part of three IPL editions and has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Rajasthan Royals. Other players who have been selected for the team include Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja and James Faulkner. These players were members of the suspended teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and were picked in the players draft in December.
Raina has never missed an IPL match and was the star player for CSK till last year. “We already have some of the best cricketing talent in the team and I look forward to the challenges, the opportunity, the excitement, the energy and will lead from the front to ensure we have a great debut,” said an enthused Raina.

They will be picking the rest of the players for the team in the IPL auction to be held on February 6. Nine foreign players and 18 Indian players are to be chosen by every team according to the rules for the IPL franchise.

Sources: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/968051.html

http://www.firstpost.com/sports/suresh-raina-named-captain-of-rajkot-based-ipl-franchise-gujarat-lions-2608024.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/ipl/news/Suresh-Raina-unveils-Rajkot-based-IPL-franchise-Gujarat-Lions/articleshow/50821217.cms

Stephen Fleming to coach pune IPL team

The Dhoni-Fleming duo to continue this IPL season, as the Former New Zealand skipper, Stephen Fleming was chosen as the chief coach of the new Pune Indian Premier League team headed by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Sanjeev Goenka, head of New Rising group which owns the Pune IPL franchise confirmed the naming of Fleming as the coach in a media release. “I warmly welcome Stephen Fleming as the chief coach,” Goenka said in the release.

“He has been remarkably successful as a player in the international arena and I firmly believe that his technical knowhow, perseverance and organisation skills will work wonders for our team. I have tremendous faith in his leadership ability and believe that it would have a positive impact on our team members,” Goenka added.

The Dhoni-Fleming combination is not new to IPL as they have had a long and successful IPL journey with the most successful IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. Together the two have lifted the IPL and the Champions League T20 trophies twice respectively.

 

Source: ESPNCricInfo