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February 21, 2008, 01:39 PM
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Everything you wanted to know about the Indian Premier League

Cricinfo Staff

What is the Indian Premier League?
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a franchise-based Twenty20 competition organised by the BCCI, and it has official sanction since it has the backing of the ICC. It features the world's best cricketers playing - their affiliation decided by open auction - for eight city-based franchises, owned by a host of businessmen and celebrity consortiums. The inaugural edition of the tournament will run from April 18 to June 1.

What are the logistics of the IPL?
The tournament will begin on April 18, when Bangalore take on Kolkata at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The tournament will feature 59 matches in total, the teams playing each other on a home-and-away basis. Click here for the full list of fixtures.

Why is the IPL generating such a buzz?
Two main reasons why. One the football-club concept of the IPL, which is unlike anything cricket has known. The best players from across the world playing not according to nationality but according to market forces. Second, the sheer financial scale of the IPL is unprecedented at this level of cricket. The BCCI has already made close to US$ 1.75 billion solely from the sale of TV rights ($908 million), promotion ($108 million) and franchises (approximately $700 million). Players are expected to earn close to US$1 million for a three-year contract. It's an entire cricket economy out there.

Who are the top cricketers involved?
There are 77 names in the fray, the top current players: Dhoni, Ponting, Gilchrist, Shoaib Akhtar, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Yuvraj, Hayden...The notable absentees are from England, because the IPL will clash with their domestic season, and Australia's Michael Clarke, who opted to focus on his regular cricket.

Who are the franchise owners - celebrities and others?
Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Industries chairman, acquired the Mumbai franchise for $111.9 million over a 10-year period; beer and airline baron Vijay Mallya, who also owns a Formula 1 team, won the Bangalore franchise for $111.6 million; Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment won the Kolkata franchise for $75 million; the biggest surprise was the Chandigarh franchise, which went to Preity Zinta, another Bollywood star, and Ness Wadia, together with two other industrialists, for $75 million. The winning team will get richer by $3 million if they win the first edition of the tournament.

How are the players paired with teams?
The BCCI will conduct a player auction on February 20, in which the respective franchises can bid for a maximum of eight international players from pool of 89 players who have been contracted to the board. But Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Yuvraj Singh are not up for auction as they have been given 'iconic' status by the BCCI - which means that they have to represent the city in which they are based. Another exception to the bidding process is with regard to the Australian players - a clause in the rules of Cricket Australia has meant that each team can select a maximum of two Australians.

Whose idea is the IPL?
The IPL is the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the vice-president of the BCCI, and is modeled along the lines of club football in Europe, specifically the English Premier League. Though there is a school of thought that the idea came about in the 1990s, the announcement that such a tournament would happen, and which it would be a precursor to Twenty20 Champions League, cricket's version of the European Champions League, came only after Subhash Chandra, the owner of Zee Televison said, in April last year, that he was intending to start an unofficial league called the Indian Cricket League, fuelling speculation that is was a reactive idea rather than a proactive one.

How different are the IPL and ICL to each other?
The IPL is an official sanctioned Twenty20 tournament, and unlike the ICL, which is not recognised by any of the national boards or the ICC, it will have a better status, international reach, players, and the requisite infrastructure by default. Since the IPL is sanctioned by the ICC, players don't have the danger of bringing their international/first-class careers to a halt - as is the case with the ICL - whose players have been banned by the various boards. Another major difference is with regard to franchises - the ownership of the team rests with the individual owners and not one single entity.

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February 21, 2008, 01:50 PM
Everything you wanted to know about the Champions League

Cricinfo Staff

What is the Twenty20 Champions League?
The Twenty20 Champions League is an international tournament featuring the best teams of the domestic Twenty20 tournaments in various nations. It is scheduled to be held in October 2008.

Who is behind it and is it official?
It will be run by the cricket boards of India, Australia, South Africa, and England. The league has the backing of the ICC, so it will be deemed official.

What's all the buzz about?
Simply put, it's probably the first international tournament for domestic sides. It's not too different from the similarly named football tournament in Europe. Just as football clubs from various European nations qualify through their individual leagues for the football Champions League, the top two teams from each of these cricket-playing nations will qualify through their respective Twenty20 domestic leagues for the Twenty20 Champions League. Teams in England, Australia and South Africa will qualify through existing competitions; for India, where the Twenty20 structure barely exists, a new league called the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be put in place.

Have the details been worked out? The where, when and how?
As mentioned above, it will be played next October between eight teams, two from each country, divided into two groups. There will be a total of 15 matches, including the semi-finals and the final. The venues are yet to be decided, but it shouldn't be a problem because the organisers have the support of the ICC and the national boards.

What will they be playing for?
The overall prize money for the Twenty20 Champions League will be $5 million, the winners taking home $2 million. There will be $3 million up for grabs in the IPL. By contrast, the winners of the ICC World Cup in the Caribbean took home $1 million; the team that wins the current ICC World Twenty20 will take home half of that.

Where did the idea come from?
There is a school of thought that the idea was originally put forward in 1996 by the same man who is in charge of the project now: Lalit Modi, BCCI's vice-president. But it was shot down then because it would go against the zonal system that the BCCI runs under. Modi, though, says the work seriously got underway a couple of years ago when Sharad Pawar became the BCCI president. It is believed that the project was fast-tracked when the Zee group in India announced the Indian Cricket League in April this year.

How are they different to each other?
They both use the Twenty20 format but that's about all they have in common. The ICL is not recognised by any of the national boards or the ICC; it is a one-nation tournament lacking the status, international reach, players, and the infrastructure that the Twenty20 Champions League will have by default. The players here won't be barred from representing their nations, unlike the ones who have joined the ICL. It will eliminate the concept of regional representation. For example, it is possible in theory that Glenn McGrath plays for Mumbai Maulers against New South Wales in the final of the Twenty20 Champions League.
And there's one more difference: Franchises.

Franchises? What's that?
That means the teams making up the Twenty20 league in each participating country will no longer have regional affiliation as they do now - states in Australia and India, counties in England - but will be owned by corporate houses, rather like football teams in Europe or the major sports teams in the US. And, like them, they can trade, appoint coaches and support staff, buy equipment and make best use of whatever resources they have. Apart from the prize money (more on that later) the sources of revenue will be gate money, a share of TV earnings, and sale of merchandise. It hasn't yet been decided if they will have a share in the players' endorsements.

To begin with, the franchise concept will apply to the IPL; the organisers plan to extend it to the other countries in a couple of years' time.

Hang on - what about other countries where they play Twenty20, Pakistan, for example??
Pakistan is a notable missing name but Modi says it will be part of the inaugural Champions League. However, it's yet to be seen in what capacity Pakistan is involved; it is believed that Pakistan, like Sri Lanka, does not have the economy to sustain a full-fledged franchise concept. It's possible that the IPL includes one team from Pakistan. New Zealand have also not been directly involved in the Champions League so far but the country's cricket board is already talking of its teams joining Australia's Twenty20 competition to have a shot at the international event.

All this is pretty radical, isn't it?
It certainly has potential to change the game. Lalit Modi wasn't joking when he told Cricinfo, "We're going forward and trying to change the world order." One, the money could make Twenty20 the most lucrative form of cricket any aspiring cricketer wants to play. So what would that do to cricket skills and talent pools for longer versions of the game is anyone's guess. Two, it could change the way we look at cricket. Teams based on regional affiliations will be replaced by teams based on commerce, players playing not for local pride but for top dollar. That's how football has grown in the last 20 years - and not everyone's happy with the shape it's in today.

It is significant that the league was launched in the presence of cricket's most powerful men - the heads of the ICC and the Indian, Australian and South African boards, and the ECB's No. 2 (not to mention Messrs Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, McGrath and Fleming).

And who are the big players bidding to purchase teams?
On January 24, 2008 the IPL announced the eight city franchises and their owners, a mix of the biggest names in business and Bollywood, after an auction worth US$723.59 million, almost double the combined base price of US$400 million. Top industrialists and Bollywood stars led the bandwagon as the BCCI raked in the money - Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Industries chairman, acquired the Mumbai franchise for $111.9 million over a 10-year period; beer and airline baron Vijay Mallya, who also owns a Formula 1 team, won the Bangalore franchise for $111.6 million; Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment won the Kolkata franchise for $75 million; the biggest surprise was the Chandigarh franchise, which went to Preity Zinta, another Bollywood star, and Ness Wadia, together with two other major industrialists, for $75 million. The IPL sure does mean big, big business.

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February 21, 2008, 02:11 PM
Kolkata's Match Schedule

Fri APR 18 Time - 19:00 local, 13:30 GMT
IPL Bangalore v IPL Kolkata
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Sun APR 20 Time -14:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Hyderabad
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Sat APR 26 Time -14:30 GMT
IPL Chennai v IPL Kolkata
Venue TBC,Chennai

Tue APR 29 Time -13:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Mumbai
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Thu MAY 1 Time -14:30 GMT
IPL Jaipur v IPL Kolkata
Venue TBC,Jaipur

Sat MAY 3 14:30 GMT
IPL Mohali v IPL Kolkata
Venue TBC,Mohali

Thu MAY 8 14:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Bangalore
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Sun MAY 11 09:30 GMT
IPL Hyderabad v IPL Kolkata
Venue TBC,Hyderabad

Tue MAY 13 13:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Delhi
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Fri MAY 16 13:30 GMT
IPL Mumbai v IPL Kolkata
Venue TBC,Mumbai

Sun MAY 18 14:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Chennai
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Tue MAY 20 13:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Jaipur
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Sun MAY 25 14:30 GMT
IPL Kolkata v IPL Mohali
Venue TBC,Kolkata

Fri MAY 30 1st Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

Sat MAY 31 2nd Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

For Full Fixtures ,see below
IPL 2008 Matches Schedule (http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/ipl/content/series/313494.html?template=schedule)

February 22, 2008, 12:51 PM
Hyderabad -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 12:51 PM
Mumbai -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 12:53 PM
Bangalore-Royal Challengers -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 12:53 PM
Mohali -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 12:54 PM
Chennai-Super Kings -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 12:55 PM
Delhi-DareDevils- Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 01:05 PM
Jaipur -Match Schedule

February 22, 2008, 01:09 PM
Hussey's IPL participation in doubt

February 22, 2008
David Hussey, the Victoria batsman, may have been purchased for US$625,000 by the Kolkata franchise in the Indian Premier League's auction, but his county side Nottinghamshire have insisted that he is contracted to play for them this season.

Hussey's participation in the IPL - which runs from April 18 to June 1 - will see him miss the first five County Championship matches and eight games in the Friends Provident Trophy. He even outdid his more famous brother and Test player Michael, who went for $350,000

However, David Hussey was reportedly available for the entire tournament, which perhaps was one of the reasons why he sold for a higher price than the likes of Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden, who might miss the IPL if touring for Australia.

Hussey has so far played only one Twenty20 international for Australia, but possesses an impressive record in the shorter format, with 1144 runs at an average of 30.91 and strike-rate of 141.93.

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February 23, 2008, 06:35 AM
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February 23, 2008, 02:20 PM
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February 23, 2008, 05:03 PM
Twenty20 league could reach Australia

Jon Pierik
CRICKET'S Indian Premier League revolution could be heading to Australian shores.
Media owner Lachlan Murdoch has shown interest in the Twenty20 league as a part-owner of the Jaipur franchise, and there is speculation Australian businesses will want to be part of the action if IPL franchises are profitable.
IPL officials believe it is inevitable the eight-team, India-based competition will expand to foreign territory, and franchises are likely to be established among the top cricket nations.

The Twenty20 format could help spread the cricketing gospel to uncharted frontiers such as the US and the lucrative Middle East market.

Sony Television has signed a 10-year, $1 billion deal to broadcast the competition but that figure could prove to be a steal if the IPL becomes the force many expect it to be.

Australia's IPL-based agent Neil Maxwell says he wouldn't be surprised if a franchise was based in Australia.

"The only reason to roll out a franchise is to increase your television or broadcast rights," he said.

"If you go to a new market, you want to increase your broadcast rights in that market.

"But ultimately if they do expand, there could be an Australian one."

It is understood businessman Peter Holmes a Court and movie star Russell Crowe expressed interest in the IPL.

Maxwell said an Australian team could not be made up entirely of local players as there would be a limit of two Australians per franchise.

Link (http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23261064-5003413,00.html)