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Afridi pleads for IPL inclusion

Afridi pleads for IPL inclusion

LAHORE – Shahid Afridi has pleaded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India to include cricketers from Pakistan in the Indian Premier League.
“It is high time that Pakistani cricketers should also get a place in IPL. For three seasons including the current one, we haven’t been a part of the IPL. We have no problems playing in India as we have just played a World Cup semi-final there. We are deeply hurt that they are treating us like untouchables,” Afridi was quoted as

Chennai win opening IPL match

NEW DELHI – Fine all-round show by Chennai Super Kings players guided them to a thrilling two-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2011 IPL opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.
Manoj Tiwary took Kolkata towards victory, after few quick setbacks in the middle, as he scored a flashy 15-ball 27 that included four boundaries and two sixes. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave Chennai Super Kings crucial breakthrough as he got rid of Kolkata Knight

Preity denies selling her IPL team

Mumbai – Brushing aside rumours of selling her IPL cricket team Kings XI Punjab, Bollywood actress Preity Zinta said she will never go out of it completely. “We were going to do a stake offload, a bit of it. But there was this random rumour (of selling it). I don’t think I will ever go out of it completely because to me its my baby. I have worked very hard for it. I have given my life to it. I can’t just wash my hands off it. But I think now it is settled and is in its own zone,”

Aleem among IPL umpires

LAHORE – Pakistan’s Aleem Dar, who officiated in the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka last week, and Australian Simon Taufel were on Thursday named among the 17 on-field umpires for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League commencing on Friday at Chennai. Taufel, a winner of five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards, and Dar, winner of two consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year Awards, will share the responsibility with some of cricket’s most respected international

Troubled IPL hopes for WC stardust

NEW DELHI – The Indian Premier League cricket bandwagon rolls into action on Friday with organisers hoping India’s World Cup victory last weekend will help the competition regain some of its lost sparkle. This year’s edition — spread over 51 days and comprising 74 matches across 13 venues — will be the first after the ousting of its outspoken founder Lalit Modi, who was forced out last year under a cloud of corruption allegations.
The tournament’s future had looked in doubt

Devastated Pietersen out of World Cup and IPL

CHENNAI – England star Kevin Pietersen said he was “absolutely devastated” that his long-standing hernia problem had ended his World Cup and shattered his lucrative Indian Premier League plans. “Sad to leave India.. Love the people & the ospitality. Alvida doston (Goodbye friends),” he wrote on his Twitter account on Monday. “I fly home tonight. Out of the WC & IPL.. Absolutely devastated.” The 30-year-old will undergo a hernia operation which he had hoped to postpone until after the

Razzaq not happy with IPL exclusion

LAHORE – Pakistan star all-rounder Abdul RAzzaq, who is yet to make an appearance in the Indian Premier League, feels disappointed over the exclusion of the Pakistan players from the tournament.
The IPL auction for the IV edition is to take place today without the inclusion of the Pakistan players. Although many Pakistan players played in the inaugural edition but Razzaq is yet to try his luck in the cash-rich tournament as he was associated with the unofficial Indian Cricket

Wasim disappointed with Pakistan’s IPL exclusion

LAHORE: Former captain and bowling great Wasim Akram has expressed disappointment that Pakistan cricketers are again likely to be left out of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League. “From what we are hearing Pakistani players will again not be in the IPL and this is so disappointing because frankly speaking I personally feel without our players the IPL loses much of its charm and competitive edge,” Wasim was quoted by PTI as saying. Wasim pointed out that if top players like

Yet another IPL snub for Pakistan cricketers

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s cricketers will continue to miss out on the Indian Premier League bonanza after none of them were included in the auction for next year’s money-spinning event, organisers said Tuesday.
No Pakistani featured in a list of 416 players whose services will be auctioned in Bangalore on January 8-9 for the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament, which is to be held in April and May.
Pakistani cricketers took part in the inaugural IPL in 2008, but were

New team Kochi gets IPL go-ahead

MUMBAI: The Indian Premier League on Sunday cleared the new Kochi franchise to take part in the lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament from next year, ending a long dispute over the team’s ownership structure.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns the IPL, had delayed its decision on Kochi’s fate three times after demanding its owners resolve a shareholding disagreement. “The Kochi Franchisee has satisfactorily responded to the notice issued to them by the

Former IPL boss Modi breaks silence

NEW DELHI: The former head of the Indian Premier League has said he is the victim of a “witch hunt”, in his first major interview since being forced from office, amid a barrage of corruption allegations.
Lalit Modi, the brash driving force behind the money-spinning IPL, was removed as the chairman of the hugely popular cricket tournament and other senior positions in the national game in September.
Last month India’s cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India

IPL fights for its future amid scandals, confusion

NEW DELHI: The Indian Premier League revolutionised cricket when it burst onto the scene in 2008 with a high-octane blend of international star players, Twenty20 matches and Bollywood glamour.
But the money-spinning tournament faces an uncertain future with some observers predicting its fourth season, due to start in April, hangs in the balance.
The event has been hit by allegations of massive corruption, money-laundering and tax evasion, as well as secret deals to hide