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IPL bio-bubble bursts, several Covid+ results force postponement

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was on Tuesday postponed indefinitely after at least four of the eight franchises reported positive Covid-19 cases of players/officials and “weren’t that keen on continuing”, leaving the Indian cricket board with no option but to stop it amid rapidly escalating pandemic in the country.

At least half of the eight franchises — Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Chennai Super Kings (CSK), and Delhi Capitals (DC) – had confirmed that players/officials have tested positive by Tuesday night.

A red-faced Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has been staunchly defending the IPL’s continuation as the country reeled under the Covid-19 massive onslaught, was left with no option but to postponed it when the teams got impacted.

The postponement of the IPL at the halfway stage – 29 of the 60 matches were played — may have a big impact on the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in India in October-November. The United Arab Emirates is the alternate venue for the T20 World Cup.

The BCCI is now facing the pressure of looking for a window after a few of the franchises on Tuesday expressed their unwillingness to continue playing the tournament.

The BCCI had to call off the IPL on Tuesday after it emerged SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha in Delhi and DC’s Amit Mishra in Ahmedabad tested positive. Michael Hussey, a member of the CSK coaching staff, also reportedly tested positive twice on Tuesday in Delhi.

On Monday, CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a member of the “travel support staff” and KKR bowlers Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier had tested positive along with a few members of the ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

That forced three teams — KKR, CSK and DC — to go into isolation. However, more positive cases on Tuesday and SRH also getting affected made it impossible for the league to continue.

“The IPL Governing Council and BCCI in an emergency meeting has unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect,” said a BCCI statement on Tuesday.

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla said that some franchises were not keen on playing after the deadly virus penetrated the supposedly secure IPL bio-bubble.

“Some of the franchises weren’t that keen on continuing and left the decision to us,” Shukla told IANS on Tuesday.

While the IPL teams unaffected by the Covid-19 have already started leaving or, in some cases, are prepared to leave the bio-bubble in a day or two, the affected teams have to be cautious.

RCB, Rajasthan Royals (RR), Punjab Kings, and Mumbai Indians (MI) are the teams that haven’t been affected by Covid-19.

Shukla though said that the BCCI has given the green signal to all the unaffected players to leave. “Those players who have not tested positive can leave. There is no bar on them even if they come from unaffected teams,” he said.

A massive question, however, rests on the status of foreign players, especially the Australians. While the New Zealand players will most likely fly to England and South African players return to their country and undergo quarantine at home, the Aussies are in a soup.

The Australian government has banned flights from India to the country till May 15. It means that the Aussie players will either have to go to a third country, like Maldives, where Aussie commentator Michael Slater as chosen to go, or England and serve quarantine before they proceed to their home country.

The IPL won’t be able to resume anytime soon, as a window for it is likely to be an issue.

There is speculation over the September window, between India’s Tests in England and the T20 World Cup in October-November, being available. However, Shukla said it is too early to decide on the dates and venue of the remainder of the IPL.

Another option is holding it immediately after the T20 World Cup. All that would, however, depend on the Covid-19 situation not only in India but also in countries whose players are part of the IPL franchises.

The BCCI in its Tuesday’s statement said that it would help players leave India through a secure passage. “The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL,” it said.

“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.”

The BCCI finally admitted that these are indeed “difficult times”.

“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times,” it said in the statement.

With the cancellation of IPL, the action now shifts to international cricket. England and New Zealand play a Test series from June 2-14. The early end of IPL will mean that England’s IPL players like Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes will be available for that series. And so would be New Zealand’s Trent Boult, Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner.

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Here’s some good news for IPL Lovers

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IPL 2020 has been stalled due to the coronavirus scare. Though the tournament was planned to take place in closed stadiums, the foreign players could not reach out to the country after all the international flights got canceled. When it is almost impossible for the IPL to happen this year, the postponement of T20 Cricket World Cup brought new hopes on IPL 2020. The T20 World Cup was planned to commence in Australia this year. As per the ongoing speculations, the T20 World Cup that was planned in Australia this year is pushed to 2022. ICC staged a high profile meeting through a video conference that will take place tomorrow and the final call on T20 World Cup will be made.

If the T20 World Cup gets pushed, IPL 2020 may happen in October or November. An official announcement about the IPL 2020 schedule will be planned and announced in July. This would be a great news for cricket lovers who are waiting to watch the sport live. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is expected to support the move in his tomorrow’s meeting. India will also host the T20 World Cup 2021 and hence the T20 World Cup of the current year is scheduled to 2022. BCCI will closely monitor the situations of coronavirus for the next two months after which the final call on IPL 2020 will be taken.

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Uncertainty over IPL thickens after govt issues fresh visa guidelines

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In what could be a huge blow to organising the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), a second meeting of the Group of Ministers on Wednesday cancelled all visas, except for a few official categories, till April 15 in the wake of the growing coronavirus scare.

In the meeting held at Nirman Bhavan here, it was decided that all existing visas, except diplomatic, official, UN/international organisations, employment and project visas, stand suspended till April 15 as the coronavirus outbreak has already seen over 60 positive cases in India.

The coronavirus outbreak was on Wednesday declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose chief expressed his “deep concern” over the “alarming levels of inaction” in combating the virus spread.

But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still keeping their fingers crossed and have said that they will keep working closely with the concerned departments to ensure that all possible precautions are taken.

“The present scenario is a huge challenge for the BCCI-IPL and it is one where the circumstances are changing every few hours, and the BCCI has no control over these circumstances. As is usually the case in such situations, the BCCI would be in regular touch with the concerned departments to take the best possible course of action in the interest of the game, the players, the fans and the league,” a BCCI official told IANS.

The advisory from the Government of India does speak of exception for official visas and IPL franchises believe that could help as the ban would be for tourists looking to visit the country.

“See, there is an exception being made for those coming to India for official reasons. So we are still hoping that there shouldn’t be a problem in having our foreign recruits over for the tournament. Rest obviously depends on what the government feels is best, as public health is of utmost importance,” the official of an IPL franchise told IANS.

In fact, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had recently made it clear that there was no reason to worry about the fate of the tournament as the board was taking all necessary precautions.

Ministers in Maharashtra and Karnataka have already written to the Centre to put the cash-rich league on hold and the new advisory from the government could see a new twist as far as the fate of the IPL is concerned.

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IPL 2020: Three new cities likely?

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The move to add new teams to the Indian Premier League family might have to wait till the 2021 season, but there is likely to be new venues in place for the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league. The eight franchise owners met the new BCCI office-bearers in Mumbai on Tuesday and the three cities that are in fray are Lucknow, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram.

Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that while Kings XI Punjab are keen to make Lucknow their second home, Rajasthan Royals wants to shift from Ahmedabad to Guwahati. While the home team of Thiruvananthapuram is yet to be decided, it is being said that it could move in as the third new venue thanks to the facilities on offer and the cricket crazy fans in the city.

“Rajasthan have requested for a change of their second home from Ahmedabad to Guwahati and while the GC is okay with the move, IMG will now conduct inspection at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium before giving the green signal.

“As for Lucknow, KXIP have been looking to move to the city since the last edition and had even sent in a request. But polls had played a major role in causing a delay in the shift. But thanks to the great review of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium after the India-West Indies game, the venue is now almost certain to become Punjab’s second home. They earlier played their games at the I.S. Bindra Stadium in Mohali and also used the Holkar Stadium in Indore as their second home,” the official said.

“Too early to comment on Thiruvananthapuram, but again, the reviews of the Greenfield International Stadium is brilliant and the people of Kerala are crazy about the game.”

Coming back to Rajasthan’s decision to request for a change of venue, the official said that as per RR the demand for share in profits was one of the reasons cited for the move. “RR believe that the share in profit being asked for is on the higher side. Also, Guwahati is keen to come onboard and be a part of the IPL carnival,” the official pointed.

It has been also learnt that apart from Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals, even Rajasthan is interested to ensure that the idea of IPL teams playing international friendlies sees the light of the day.

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IPL rules can hurt Kings XI after Ness Wadia fiasco: BCCI

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Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia being sentenced for drugs possession while on a skiing holiday to Japan could mean trouble for the Indian Premier League team. As per the Operational Rules of the cash-rich league, no team official involved with the league can act in a manner which brings disrepute to the team, the league, the BCCI or the game on or off the field. If guilty, the persons action can even lead to suspension of the team.

While the matter is required to be first sent to the commission for investigation, the commission will then forward its finding to the ombudsman.

Citing the manner in which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had to bear the brunt for the acts of the team principal, a senior BCCI functionary said that KXIP could be in deep trouble.

“The KXIP are unfortunately looking at suspension as a best case scenario and termination as a worst case scenario due to the conviction of an owner in a criminal case of drug possession.

“No less than the Lodha panel had suspended the CSK for two years because their team official was accused of betting. In this case we have an owner convicted of drug possession by a criminal court. If he was a state cricket official he would have stood disqualified from holding office automatically.

“This also exposes the discriminatory provisions of the new BCCI constitution which is draconian for a state association but doesn’t put any restriction on a franchise official even though IPL performances clearly matter more for selection to the Indian team than Ranji performances,” the functionary told IANS.

As per the IPL Operational Rules accessed by IANS, clause 14 of section 2 of the IPL Operational Rules state that each person subject to the operational rules shall not, whether during a match or otherwise, act or omit to act in any way which would or might reasonably be anticipated to have an adverse effect on the image and/or reputation of any Team, any Franchisee, any Player, any Team Official, the BCCI, the League and/or the Game or which would otherwise bring any of the foregoing into disrepute.

It further state that the ombudsman and the commission may suspend a team or franchisee from the league if any person representing the team/franchise breaches clause 14 of section 2.

While adjudicating in the IPL betting matter against CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the Lodha panel had taken into consideration section 4, rule 1.1 of the Operational Rules, which puts strict obligations on each franchisee that its team officials complies with the regulations.

This was to ensure that cricket should be played not only within the laws, but also within the spirit of game and nothing was done by its representatives (Team Officials), players and etc on the field or off the field which is contrary to the spirit of the game or which adversely affects the reputation of the game.

This saw the Lodha panel not just ban CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra for life from any matches conducted by BCCI, but also suspended CSK and RR for two years.

It is this precedent that is set to haunt the KXIP since CSK had been suspended for two years despite there being no adverse finding of misconduct against any player or the team.

In fact, even as per the Lodha report, RR was suspended for Kundra’s act of bringing the game into disrepute by betting and the three players’ case wasn’t the focal point in deciding the quantum of punishment.

Whereas, in this particular case, a team owner has actually been convicted of a criminal offence.

A BCCI executive said that it was strange that no statement had been made on such a matter by CEO Rahul Johri.

“It has been 24 hours and one has not heard a peep out of the BCCI CEO on a matter of this magnitude. Are we looking at a scenario where every transgression is becoming an opportunity for someone to try and build friendships at the cost of BCCI’s image and the purity of the game and its administration?” the executive questioned.

Sadly, even the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have not issued a statement on the matter even though the reputation of the league and the board is clearly at stake.

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No better sports event than IPL to perform for: Tamannaah

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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia has said there is no better sports event than Indian Premier League (IPL) to perform for and she is excited about performing in the opening ceremony of the glamorous Twenty20 cricket tournament.

Tamannaah said this on Friday while interacting with the media before the final rehearsal for the opening ceremony of IPL on Saturday.

Tamannaah, who has performed in numerous award shows and stage tours, said performing in a stadium is completely different.

“Before this, I have never performed for a sports event and of course, when you are on a stage there is a certain feeling of nervousness and excitement. As a performer, the feeling to perform in a stadium and to feel the energy of the audience will be completely different.

“I am excited because there is no better sports event than IPL to perform for. We are all crazy about cricket and it’s the opening night,” said Tamannaah

Talking about her performance and the songs incorporated Tamannah said: “Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad feel like my own because I belong to all these cities. This time, my performance is going to be on four songs in four languages. There is Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and a Hindi song. So it goes out to pretty much the whole of India.”

When asked which team would she choose to support, the “Baahubali” actress said: “…Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is coming back after two years, it has Dhoni and I am a huge fan, so I am looking forward to seeing them play.”

Besides Tamannaah, Hrithik Roshan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Varun Dhawan will also be performing for the IPL opening ceremony on Saturday.

Tamannaah is currently gearing up for Kangana’s “Queen” remake titled “Queen Once Again”, being helmed by National Award-winning director Neelakanta.

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Tamannaah to perform live at IPL opening ceremony

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Milky beauty Tamannaah Bhatia has been picked up to perform live at the grand opening ceremony of Vivo IPL 2018 that will take place in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The actress gave her nod after being approached to perform live at the lavish event. Hrithik Roshan, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Parineeti Chopra are the other actors who will be performing live.

Bollywood youngster Ranveer Singh walked out of the event after he suffered shoulder injury. Mika Singh and Prabhudeva are expected to cheer up the fans with their performances. The first match of IPL starts on April 7th between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

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Tarak turns brand ambassador for IPL

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Before one could forget Tarak’s hosting skills for the reality show Bigg Boss, the actor left Star MAA in shock as he rejected to host the second season of the super hit show. Natural Star Nani is expected to step into the shoes of Tarak for Bigg Boss 2. The latest update says that Tarak has been roped in as the brand ambassador for IPL 2018. Star TV who holds the broadcast rights of IPL is localizing the content in Telugu and NTR’s promos will turn key for this IPL Telugu.

A series of promos will be shot on Tarak and will be telecasted throughout the season on Star TV and on Star MAA. Before this, Star India acquired the broadcast rights of IPl from 2018 to 2022 for a record price of 2.55 billion USD (Rs 16,347 crores). IPL 2018 will kick-start on April 7th. Tarak once again joined hands with Star for promoting IPL after a successful show like Bigg Bos. The actor will be shooting for his next film in the direction of Trivikram from the mid of April.

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IPL unveils anthem for 2018 edition

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday launched the anthem for the 2018 edition, starting April 7, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings.

In a first, the BCCI and Star India have collaborated to create anthem for the campaign this year which puts spotlight on what the IPL stands for — pitting the best in T20 cricket against each other. And aptly, they have named the anthem “Best vs Best”.

The lyrics, music and the video of “Best vs Best” encompass the spirit of IPL — the tournament which brings together the best in the game, where best of global talent showcase their prowess.

The anthem has been released in five languages — Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Kannada and Telugu — across all platforms (TV, radio, and digital).

A talented ensemble of artists worked on the anthem — South African filmmaker Dan Mace, music director Raajeev V. Bhalla and vocalist Siddhart Basrur, who sung the anthem in five different languages.

“The very essence of IPL is a thrilling, action-packed celebration of cricket where the best of talent take on each other in one of the most gruelling cricket tournaments in the world. It is a fantastic celebration of both the game and its millions of fans across the world.

“The Best vs Best campaign endeavours to showcase the pinnacle of cricket that this tournament is associated with,” said Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India.

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on his part said: “Given that we are now ready to embark on the next chapter for the Indian Premier League with the start of the 11th edition, the BCCI, in collaboration with Star India, has worked on co-creating a large multi-media campaign focussing on the ‘Best vs Best’.”

“We hope this campaign spurs the non-cricket viewing public to engage more deeply with the IPL 2018 like never before,” he added.

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CSK is back with a Bang!

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IPL 2018 CSK Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InqOgXLCKNw&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

Indian Premiere League is one of the most anticipated events of Cricket annually as it fuses the sport with entertainment elements and loads of fun. Even the cricketers seem to ease up a bit and have a gala time playing for this super charged up tournament. Out of all the registered teams, Chennai Super Kings was the hot favourite because of former Indian Cricket Team captain MS Dhoni leading a team of amazingly talented cricketers.

The team was disbanded in between due to betting controversy which led to heartbreak for many of the local fans as well as national level cricket followers. But after facing the tough times, the team is gearing up for a stupendous season for the next IPL season on 2018!

Ilaiyaraaja’s son Yuvan Shankar Raja composed a fiery theme song for CSK and the video has released today. The song is quite appealing with the best moments of CSK team in their previous seasons and is definitely carrying much positive vibes all over. Looks like the party has already begun for CSK and Cricket fans this time.

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Star India wins global media rights for IPL

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Star India on Monday bagged the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for TV and digital broadcast worth Rs 16,347.50 crore with a single consolidated bid worldwide during the auctions here.

Star India edged out Sony to acquire the rights from 2018 to 2022.

Initially, 24 companies picked up rights papers to contest for the several rights up for grabs in the auction organised by the BCCI.

Several bigwigs of the ilk of Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Yahoo, Reliance Jio, STAR India, Sony Pictures, Discovery, Sky, British Telecom and ESPN Digital Media purchased the bid rights papers.

The BCCI will now earn nearly double that amount in half the duration (five years) with earnings of Rs 3,270 crore from IPL media rights per year.

The amount the BCCI will earn from an IPL match would be around Rs 55 crore compared to Rs 43 crore for each international match that India play.

“India, cricket and IPL have changed dramatically since its inception (in 2008) and this bid is a reflection of that,” Star CEO Uday Shankar told reporters here.

The media rights include broadcast (TV) and digital (mobile and internet) for a host of segments including India, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America.

With Star India winning the rights, it is expected its digital vertical HotStar would be used for live streaming of IPL matches in India.

“Even if it was slightly less, we would not have got the rights. In every category, it was so competitive,” Shankar added.

On the popularity of the game, Shankar said: “Despite the off-field issues of BCCI, watching a cricket match in India remains an amazing experience.”

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri added: “Our main endeavour to the stakeholders was to provide a transparent process where there should not be any iota of doubt.”

Earlier, 14 out of the 24 companies that had bought the Invitation to Tender document bid for various rights, turned up for the auction.

BamTech was disqualified as they did not meet the requisite criteria.

Sony and Star were the two companies which stood the test of scrutiny for India broadcast rights.

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I have not diverted any money to IPL: Mallya

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Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whom India wants extradited for facing trial in a Rs 9,000-crore bank loan default case, on Tuesday claimed that he has not diverted any of the borrowed money to the team he owned in the IPL and asked reporters to “keep dreaming about the billions of pounds” that he had allegedly diverted.

Mallya, whose bail was continued till December 4, appeared before a Westminster magistrate court on Tuesday and later told media outside that he was delighted that he would be able to put up his case before a “fair and impartial” court here.

Accompanied by his son Siddharth, the 61-year old industrialist who fled India 15 months ago rejected all allegations of default of loans against him and denied he was called a thief by some spectators during a Champions Trophy match at the Oval grounds here.

“I am not going to answer any questions. There is a court of law. We will make submissions before the appropriate court of law,” he told reporters.

“You can keep dreaming about billions of pounds, provided you have facts to justify your questions. Otherwise, don’t put questions. Don’t ask irrelevant questions,” he said, when asked whether he had diverted the borrowed money to IPL team Royal Challengers, which he used to own.

This was the first hearing before a magistrate in what is called “management” proceedings before the actual trial begins. Mallya was asked to sit in the place where people facing trial are made to sit. His name was called out and his date of birth mentioned by way of confirming his identity.

Mallya, who owes as much as Rs 9,000 crore to a consortium of Indian banks, fled to Britain in March last year. India is seeking his extradition for which the procedure has already begun and a team of the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation is chalking out the process.

When he sought a barrier to keep away inquisitive television reporters from thrusting their mikes before him outside the court, the judge permitted that he may not be present at the next hearing on July 6.

During the proceedings, Mallya’s lawyers told the magistrate that the Indian government was coming up with a second extradition request which he would like to go through before giving his submissions. They wanted that the case be deferred till next year. Magistrate Emma Louis Arbuthnot, however, indicated that the case could be placed for regular trial in December.

When the magistrate enquired with the Crown Prosecution Service about cooperation from India, he was told that there was good cooperation and coordination between the two sides.

Outside the court, the chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines by and large remained composed while answering media questions except when reporters tried to provoke him a couple of times.

When a British reporter asked him about the multiple flats he has in here, he shot back: “Multiple homes in UK – I have been living here since 1992.”

Mallya said he was here to defend himself as was expected.

“Were you in the court? Did you hear what the prosecution said, what my lawyers said and what the judge said?” he asked, refusing to go into what happened inside the court.

But when a reporter asked him about the “chor, chor” (thief) chants hurled at him during an India-South Africa match last week, Mallya said: “I was not called a thief. As two people in a drunken state yelled at me, didn’t you notice that there were several others who wished me well.”

He remarked that when he went to cheer the Indian cricket team in the Champions Trophy, it “became a media sensation”. “I go to cheer India in a cricket match and it becomes a media frenzy. It’s better I don’t say anything.”

Asked if he was relieved at being told by the court not to come for the next hearing on July 6, he said: “I do not want to say anything about what happened inside the court.

“I am delighted that I can put forward my case before an impartial court,” he said.

Earlier before going into the court, Mallya said he had not eluded any court of law and denied all allegations levelled against him.

When a questioner noted that he has been in Britain for the last 15 months and was eluding courts in India, he said: “I have not eluded any court. It is my lawful duty to be here and I am here (London court).”

“I have nothing to say as the court proceedings are on and I deny all allegations that have been made and I will continue to deny them,” he said.

Mallya also said he had “enough evidence” to fight the case, but parried a question whether he fears that a trial in India would be unfair to him.

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IPL-10: It’s been a little bogey playing away, says Warner

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner termed playing away from the home seems to be a little bogey for them referring to their only fourth away loss in the Indian Premier League (IPL), this time against Delhi Daredevils by six wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground here.

On Tuesday, Sunrisers failed to defend their mammoth 185/3 against a collective effort from the young Delhi boys, who ensured their team stayed alive in the race to the play-offs.

Acknowledging his team’s failure to win matches away from home, Warner said: “Obviously, it has been a little bogey being away. Not winning too many on the road. Talking to the guys, they thought 186 was enough.”

Warner credited the Delhi batsmen for outsmarting veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh, whose 25th T20 half century helped the visitors reach the total.

“The way Yuvi finished off was fantastic. They (Delhi) played unreally. They came out with intent in the first six (overs) and with the way they finished, credit to them,” he said.

Warner insisted about the change of wicket in the second innings and looked like he was a bit disappointed with his bowlers who failed to hold the advantage of bowling slower balls.

“Definitely after the first couple of overs when the spikes were going in, the wicket looked slow. The slower balls were holding up and that is where we needed to be predictable,” he said.

“The quicker ball was coming on nicely. There wasn’t too much dew and no excuses. They batted fantastically. We have a couple of days before two games at home,” he added.

Sunrisers played five home and away games in IPL 2017 so far and managed only one victory and one washout match in touring matches. But they have maintained an exceptional record of winning all the five home games so far.

On the other hand, Delhi skipper Karun Nair, who scored a 20-ball 39 to set the tone of the chase, is elated to be back amongst the runs.

“I am a bit disappointed to get out after getting a start, but glad to get some runs finally and hoping to kick on from here,” he said.

Referring to the dropped chance of Yuvraj, who was on 29 when Sanju Samson failed to take a regulation catch, Nair said it took the target so far but insisted on playing fearless cricket. Yuvraj went to blast an unbeaten 41-ball 70, laced with 11 fours and one six to take the visitors past the 180-run mark.

“I think the bowlers gave it their all, and if we had caught that catch they wouldn’t have got that far,” he said.

“We told ourselves, we are a young team, and we should play like a young team. Go out there, play without fear,” he added.

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How about DRS in IPL to avoid howlers

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The quality of umpiring in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) has received opprobrium and to put it mildly, the officiating has been abysmal. Perhaps, to err is human, but after seeing the howlers of homegrown umpires, the adage will not wash.

In the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday, Umpire Anil Dandekar neither heard a massive edge by Robin Uthappa, nor the vociferous appeal by Naman Ojha. If the umpire, perhaps, thought that bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar did goup in appeal, it was silly as the edge was so clear that there was no need for any screaming. Ideally the batsman should have walked.

Dandekar figured again when he checked with the third umpire whether Uthappa’s catch behind was clean after giving the soft decision as out. The third umpire checks the decision in its entirety and decides that there was no bat involved! Strange rule when the queuery is only for catch, but then that’s how the rules are.

If the umpires gives out legbefore even if the ball is hitting the top of the stump the batsman is out, but if a bowler reviews the same decision when the umpires says not out then the the umpire’s decision stays.

Unlike, Mumbai mentor Mahela Jayawardene, Sunrisers’ V.V.S. Laxman was philosophical: You can’t do anything about umpiring decisions. Uthappa went on to make 68.

Uthappa himself was candid when Brett Lee asked how much luck played a part in his knock. ” A lot” he replied, adding: “That’s how the rub of the green goes.”

Even Amitabh Bachhan is livid at the umpring this season. His tweet last year acted as catalyst in commentator Harsha Bhogle being “blacklisted” by the Indian cricket board. Will his tweet now lead to some of the umpires being banished?

In two tweets after Mumbai Indians got two atrocious decisions against Rising Pune Supergiant, Amitabh, pointed out how Joss Butler and Rohit Sharma were given out when they were not out.

Mumbai’s coach Mahela Jayawardene was also furious seeing Butler given out when the ball was missing the legstump and Rohit legbefore when he had clearly edged it.

“It happens. It is not in our control. I don’t think anyone makes those mistakes. But (I) wish for a change that the opposition can take our wickets,” he quipped.

Former India batsman Subramaniam Badrinath was on the dot when he made a pointed remark about the deteriorating standards of umpiring in domestic cricket. “Poor umpring standards have prevailed for ages in domestic cricket, it’s just being highlighted through IPL 2017,” he tweeted.

What’s not so funny is that Rohit was reprimanded for his gestures in disappointment. In the same game, Mumbai’s Keiron Pollard escaped a plumb legbefore and when Mahendra Singh Dhoni gestured a DRS sign, the former India captain also got a reprimand from the match referee.

Considering the these horros, umpires failing to notice Sunrisers’ skipper David Waner taking strike to the first ball of a new over after hitting the last ball of the previous over for a four is a mere aberration.

Now there can be a clamour for DRS in the IPL. With all the money it generates, it can make the competition a serious business by allowing at least one review in an innings. Most teams might like to use it in the first 10 overs when a poor umpiring decision can make a big difference as it happened with Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Nigel Long, Marais Erasmus and Chirs Gaffany are the only overseas umpires from among ICC Elite Panel this season and the fourth is India’s Sundaram Ravi. To make matters worse, the socialistic board decided to distribute matches equally to the Indian umpires to avoid heartburn. A compact small list of umpires would not only have given confidence to the reasonably good men in white coats and also improve the quality of officiating.

The problem with the umpiring system is the authorities trying to accommodate people from every zone, without knowing the standard of leagues in each state. The umpires from the state from where the chairman of the umpires subcommittee is tend to benefit.

A couple of gentlemen got the nod even though they failed to attain the required medical parametres in hearing and eyesight as they were in key jobs in their private life to take care of the board officials’ needs.

But the kneejerk reaction of the IPL Governing Council is to sack some of the umpires to douse the raging fire over the terrible umpiring decisions.

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Does India Need Conflict of Interest Law?

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As the union minister Sushma Swaraj admitted that she helped tainted IPL ex chief Lalit Modi in getting the required documents to travel the United Kingdom, the demand for conflict of law is certainly the main point of analysts while the political opponents press for Sushma Swaraj’s resignation.
Before we demand for Swaraj’s resignation, on moral grounds, why not learn about ‘conflict of interest,’ and it’s need for country.
Conflict of Interest:
When a person, who is at a responsible job, can misuse the power that he possesses on encountering a person close to him who requires his official help– is called conflict of interest. In simpler words, it’s a clash between the official power and personal relations where the latter usually wins over the former in the absence of stringent laws.
First came into scene:
Germany’s supremo Adolf Hitler first brought in conflict of interest laws as he firmly believed that his military had greater ambitions, which could be affected due to personal favouritisms.
There are basically two types of conflict of interest–self dealing and nepotism. In self-dealing, a person will directly deal with the opposite party whereas in nepotism, kin and kith of the person in power will press for favours.
What happened in Sushma Swaraj’s case:
Sushma Swaraj’s daughter, who is an advocate, was dealing Lalit Modi’s case. It is known that Lalit Modi was wrapped up in the infamous IPL scam that kept him and the country in bad light. Also, he was asked not to move to any other country.

After Sushma Swaraj came to power, her daughter apparently sought favours-amounting to misuse of powers-from her.

Accordingly, as Sushma Swaraj admitted, she helped her daughter get the travel documents of Lalit Modi so that he could shift his base to the United Kingdom.
This is a clear case of nepositism as Sushma Swaraj’s daughter is involved.
Earlier instances:
Many such cases came into the picture earlier in India. UPA’s then chairperson Sonia Gandhi time and again hit the headlines for allegedly helping out her son-in-law Robert Vodra in many scams.
Implementation in corporate offices:
Many corporate offices have their own conflict of interest policies, accordinly, no husband and wife would be allowed to work in the same company as they might not be discharging their duties properly trying to favour eachother.
Need for conflict of interest law:
The country undoubtedly needs a strong conflict of interest law so that the leaders, like Sushma Swaraj, will time and again think about the law before they give into the demands of their kin and kith.

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