Mumbai: May 2, 2014
The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will meet in Mumbai tomorrow to take stock of the first leg of the Twenty20 league that was held from April 16-30 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“We are meeting tomorrow to take stock of the tournament’s matches which were held in the UAE. We also have some other things to be tied up,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI from Vadodara. Patel hinted that the eliminator scheduled in Chennai on May 28 could be shifted to Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.
“That decision would also be taken, about whether the eliminator is to be shifted to the CCI,” Patel said without divulging the reasons. The M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is scheduled to hold the first Qualifier on May 27 followed by the eliminator the next day.
The second qualifier is scheduled at the Wankhede Stadium on May 30 followed by the final match at the same ground on June 1 to bring down curtains on the Indian cricket season.
New Delhi: May 2, 2014
Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Dinesh Karthik feels playing their next four games at home gives the struggling unit a chance to bounce back in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.
Things have not gone according to plan for Daredevils, who built a fresh squad at the auction thinking the strategy would work for them in the IPL 7 after getting the wooden spoon last season. They are placed seventh out of eight teams after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg of the IPL 2014.
Karthik said the team is eager to put up a good show at the Ferozeshah Kotla where it plays Rajasthan Royals first up.
“At the moment I don’t know what the expectations are of the team. We are looking forward to play good cricket for our home fans,” Karthik said after a practice session at the Palam Ground in Delhi on Friday.
“It is a very crucial phase of the tournament. If we can win a few games from here on and get some momentum going, that will be really good,” said the wicket-keeper batsman.
Asked about the significance of playing at home, Karthik replied: “You try and win as many matches on your home ground. You even pick your team at the auction thinking your best chance will be winning at home. Having said that, I think you need to pick up teams which are capable of doing well home and away.”
Though Daredevils can do better in all departments, the bowling looks their weakest link with not much variety in the spin department and injured pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile ruled out of the tournament. South African leggie Imran Tahir is expected to be Coulter-Nile’s replacement but he is reportedly having issues in getting the Indian visa.
“Definitely we are considering getting an extra spinner. We will sit down and finalise on that soon,” said Karthik when asked about the Australian’s replacement.
May 2, 2014 The first match of the India leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 has been delayed due to rain. Chennai Super Kings are taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders at the JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi. Interestingly, it is a home game for the Chennai Super Kings, although it was the home venue for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2013. Click here for the live scorecard of the IPL 2014 game between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders The rain started coming down after the toss was done. MS Dhoni had won the toss and chose to bat first. Traditionally, the pitch at Ranchi has helped spinners and both sides would bank on those players to deliver the punch for them in this game.
Currently, Chennai are second on the points table with four wins out of five games in the UAE leg. On the other hand, Kolkata are placed fourth and that is because of the net run rates. There are three other teams with two wins, but Kolkata have a superior net run rate and that places them on the fourth spot.
Bangalore: May 1, 2014
Senior Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh said though Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings are sitting at top of the table, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 is still wide open and there is chance for every team to stage a comeback.
“This is the time when teams leading would like to consolidate, teams like ours’ would like to recover the lost ground and sides like Mumbai Indians would like to change their fortunes. As far as my experience says, everything is possible in this game,” he said in an article on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) website.
The Punjab southpaw said the Bangalore outfit believe they can be return back to winning ways if they play to their potential and use home conditions to their advantage.
“We know this for a fact, that if we play to our full potential, we can be back to winning ways. Everyone in the group believes this very strongly and are aspiring to make things better. And that’s what we aim to do when we get back to Bangalore,” he said.
“Before getting back to Bangalore, we have two days to recharge our batteries and channelise our energies. Hopefully, the familiar surroundings of our home ground can make this recovery a little easier,” he added.
Chennai Super Kings are regulars in the end of the season playoffs in this competition but they have lost their leading run scorer from last season in Michael Hussey and his opening partner Murali Vijay has also gone for the Super Kings will be looking for a new opening pair. Dwayne Smith has come in from Mumbai and is set to open the batting. Chennai look to lack a bit of depth in their seam bowling department.
IPL 7 CSK vs KXIP Match 3
Date : 18 April 2014 Time : 10:30 GMT – 02:30 Local – 16:00 IST
Venue : Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Kings XI Punjab have undergone some big changes in the close season. Regulars in Mohali like David Hussey and Adam Gilchrist are no more but there is still an Australian feel to their side with Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell among their overseas players. Virender Sehwag has been prized away from Delhi to open the batting while the likes of Parvinder Awana and Mandeep Singh will bolster the bowling options.
Abu Dhabi: Keeping Pakistan players away from Indian Premier League is a huge blow for cricket-lovers, legendary former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram insists.
Pakistani players have been barred from participating in the IPL since 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks.
Yet Akram feels the time is right for them to be reinstated, for the benefit of subcontinental sports fans.
“Whenever India and Pakistan players have played either against each other or together, they have attracted lot of crowds and you get plenty of support, especially in this part of the world. I hope in near future Pakistani players will be able to participate because we have great talent,” said Akram, who is the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Akram went on to highlight what Pakistani players would bring to the Twenty20 league.
“Imagine Saeed Ajmal playing. It would have been perfect in these conditions. Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi playing would have been huge. This was their home ground, but let’s see it’s a decision of the cricket boards of both countries has to take. Mixing sports and politics was going to do no good,” he said.
Akram went on to praise the facilities at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.