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IPL Team Ranks According To its Value


Rank Team Name Value
1 Chennai Super Kings $ 79.13 m
2 Mumbai Indians $ 63.58 m
3 Kolkata Knight Riders $ 57.576 m
4 Royal Challengers Bangalore $ 55.13 m
5 Delhi Daredevils $ 40.85 m
6 Deccan Chargers $ 38.76 m
7 Kings XI Punjab $ 35.75 m
8 Rajasthan Royals $ 33.78 m

Will Sreesanth Take Part In The IPL 5 2012?


Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, who is recovering from a toe injury, is unsure if he would be fit in time to participate in the fifth Indian Premier League to be held from April 4.

"I don`t know (if I will be fit for the IPL). May be, may be not. I don`t want to say anything on that," the Kerala pacer, who will turn 29 next month, said.

"I`m doing okay. Another nine frustrating weeks. I have to make sure I do my training properly at the National Cricket Academy. I have to make sure that I go through that process and wait for that opportunity.”

"I have two hours of training everyday. I lost almost 11 kgs in the past six weeks. Physio Ashish Kaushik is overseeing my training. Its going well but I have to be patient. Its part of your cricket career," he said.

"Hopefully, I will be back soon. I don`t want to keep a date as such (for my comeback)," added Sreesanth, who played for the disbanded Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the previous season of the T20 tournament.

The players of the Kerala franchisee will be put up at the IPL players auction to be held in Bangalore on February 4.

The temperamental fast bowler came to the defence of the beleaguered Indian side, which is on the verge of its second successive overseas Test rubber whitewash in Australia, saying that the team has given its best and one should respect that.

"Everyone goes through a tough phase. We got to respect that. Its the effort that matters, not the result. Prior to England, we didn`t lose a (Test) match in the last two years which is almost impossible for an international team these days. But we are going through a tough phase. Everybody wants to keep improving but such things happen. That`s what international cricket is all about," he said.

"All I can say is everybody is giving their best. Results do matter but the quality of effort also matters. They are doing well in that regard," he added.

Sreesanth, who has played 26 Tests and 53 ODIs taking 84 and 75 wickets respectively since his debut in October 2005, said though he was disappointed not to play more matches, he had no regrets.

"So it is disappointing but its all about body bio-mechanics. I started as a leg spinner. I took up fast bowling only nine years ago when I was 19 and in that time I have played for India. So I have no regrets," he said.

The cricketer expressed happiness with the current crop of fast bowlers turning up for India. "Its a good sign. Even when we train, we have to train hard because of the competition," he said.

Sreesanth was here to encourage the players participating in the Mumbai leg of the "Nike Cup" cricket tournament for cricketers aged between 15-22 years.

"Its a great initiative coming from Nike. They are also the sponsors of the Indian team. I feel happy to be here," he said about the eight-overs and eight players a side tournament.

Over 250 teams from Mumbai have participated in the tournament that is being played in a knock-out format. The winners of the Mumbai leg will take on winners from Delhi in a grand finale to be held next month.

The winning team in each city will be put through a professional cricket coaching camp and the three selected cricketers from each city will get a chance to train at the NCA, Bangalore for two months.

Australian cricket's Twenty20 Big Bash League was short-lived


His time in Australian cricket's Twenty20 Big Bash League was short-lived, although it was still an enriching experience for Nathan McCullum.

The limited-overs specialist cannot play in the competition's inaugural final on Saturday, but the Black Cap has still emerged a winner regardless of how the Sydney Sixers fare at the Waca against the top-qualifying Perth Scorchers.

Domestic commitments with Otago rule the 31-year-old spinner out of the decider, but McCullum is still guaranteed to play in the lucrative Indian Premier League's Champions League on the back of just three appearances for Sydney's leading BBL franchise.

A late-season replacement for all-rounder Dwayne Bravo – who had to return to the Caribbean for the West Indies domestic season – McCullum now has the option of representing the 6ers if his Pune Warriors fail to qualify for the Champions League when the IPL regular season is held between April and late May.

"It's great to have that option if my team [Pune] doesn't get in," McCullum said.

One route to the Champions League had already been cut off when Otago failed to win the HRV Cup so McCullum's guest appearances for the 6ers were perfectly timed. "It would have been great to play in the final but it's still been a great experience," he said.

McCullum played the inaugural Champions League in 2009 with Otago – Auckland has been the New Zealand's representative since.

"That was a fantastic experience, one to enjoy with my mates, I had grown up with those boys," he said, recalling Otago's unsuccessful campaign.

He obviously hasn't built up the same camaraderie in Sydney by arriving late and then "drifting in and out" to continue playing for Otago.

"It was a bit different but the guys were very welcoming," McCullum said.

He shared the slow bowling load with resurgent former Australian international Stuart MacGill and Sydney 6ers captain Steve Smith and was typically sharp in the field.

Ready For IPL 5 Auction Its on Feb 4 in Bangalore @ 11 am


The 2012 IPL player auction will be held on February 4 next month at Bangalore's ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel.

Richard Madley, a renowned auctioneer from England and who has already overseen the previous auctions, will once again be in charge of the proceedings.

IPL chairman and BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said: "Fans of the sport, based in India and elsewhere, will be following the happenings with a lot of interest. The auction sets the stage for what promises to be an absorbing fifth season of the tournament. The developments during the first trading window have given us an idea of the varied approaches that the teams have adopted for the forthcoming season.

The auction will give us a deeper insight into the same.

The auction will begin at 11 am and will be broadcast live.

The league will kick off on April 4 with the Chennai Super Kings-Mumbai Indians match in Chennai.

Ben Cutting Nominates Himself for IPL 5 Players' Auction


Fringe Australian Test player Ben Cutting has given his name for the lucrative Indian Premier League's players' auction next month.

Queensland Bulls paceman Cutting is one of six Brisbane Heat players to nominate for the February 4 IPL 5 auction.

"I would love to play in the IPL as I have played in India before and found it a lot of fun," Cutting was quoted as saying by the Courier Mail.

Cutting recently returned to club cricket after his representative season was ruined by a side strain suffered in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria.

The injury came after he had felt stiffness following a flight here after his omission from the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba.

Players have been asked to nominate a minimum reserve price between $20,000 and $400,000 for their services and Cutting has settled for $100,000.

Delhi Addons 3 Domestic Players In its Squad For IPL 5


Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils have signed up three domestic players, including a teenaged allrounder Pawan Negi, for the upcoming IPL season.

Delhi's 19-year-old allrounder Negi and the batting duo of Manprit Juneja (Gujarat) and Kuldeep Chandrakant Raval (Saurashtra) will join the Daredevils in the season starting April 4.

"We are delighted to have signed up talented cricketers we spotted on the domestic circuit this season," the team's Mentor TA Sekar said in a statement.

"Together with picking up Kevin Pietersen this season, we have been taking the steps necessary for us to become a competitive squad again. We are confident that we will have the right mix of players to choose from for all our games this season."

Delhi Daredevils also announced buying out former India all-rounder S Sriram, South African allrounder Robert Frylinck, legspinner Vivek Yadav and left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar's contracts.

Sriram, 35, played one game while the other three did not figure in any of the matches for Delhi Daredevils last season. Earlier, allrounder Andrew McDonald was traded with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

"We were tracking 21-year-old Manprit Juneja before he scored 201 on first class debut against Tamil Nadu. We are confident he will make his presence felt in the Delhi Daredevils squad and push real hard for a place in the middle-order this season," Sekar said of the youngster.

Sekar said Negi's ability to be nagging with the ball and his effectiveness as a middle-order batsman made the him an exciting talent.

"He can be an effective left-handed allrounder. He caught our eye when taking six wickets for Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament at Lahli in Rohtak," Sekar said.

The left-handed Raval slammed two half-centuries for Saurashtra in the West Zone league games of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Rajkot.

"He fits into the team's scheme of things well since he has the game and the temperament to be an impact player in the middle-order," Sekar said.

VVS Laxman May Not get a team in IPL 5 Auctions


Already under severe pressure to retain his place in the Test squad, VVS Laxman's IPL career may just come to a halt as none of the nine franchises are keen on roping in the senior batsman as a full-time player.

Laxman, who was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala at a price of $ 400,000 during the last edition, will again go under the hammer along with fellow India players like Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh, Kiwi Brendon McCullum and Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and MuttiahMuralitharan.

While there would be a fight among the teams for Jadeja whose game suits the shortest format, Laxman looks like one of the bigger names who might just miss out.

Chris Gayle Retains in Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad


Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have finally managed to retain the explosive Chris Gayle in their squad for the upcoming fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Having had the West Indian as a replacement in IPL 4, RCB had the first right of refusal for him but the Jamaican, the most destructive batsman in the league last year, has had franchises line up for him.
Gayle was on a one-year contract with the Vijay Mallya-owned RCB. He had not been picked at the last auction because of a lack of clarity on his availability. However, RCB mentor Anil Kumble pulled off a coup of sorts by signing him on mid-season and Gayle promptly turned the club's fortunes around.

According to the reports, Gayle's signing was the talking point with a number of franchisees like Mumbai Indians interested in him. If he had come to the auction, his price perhaps would have touched $2 million.
Commenting on Gayle's retention, Sidhartha Mallya, director of Royal Challengers Sports Pvt Ltd, said the franchise was delighted to have his services as a permanent member. "He is one of the best batsmen in the world. His form helped us qualify for the final of the 2011 edition of the tournament. We are confident that with players like him in our side, we will take the extra step this season, and win our maiden IPL title," he said.
Last season Gayle had been signed on for $560,000 and that is the price he will officially continue to get. This, of course, means RCB will go into the auction with that amount deducted from the total purse of $2 million.

Gayle, in a statement released by RCB, said: "I had a great time representing RCB last year. It is a terrific outfit. The players are brilliant. They are complemented by the support staff and administrators, all of whom have gone out of their way to make the players comfortable, and give them the freedom to express themselves on the field. To me, Bangalore has been a home away from home. I wanted to continue playing for them, and it turned out that they were keen to retain my services. I look forward to returning to namma Bangalore soon."

According to the list released by the IPL, England spinner Graeme Swann has the highest base price of $400,000. Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson - who hasn't featured in the IPL so far - is also included in the list at a base price of $300,000. James Anderson too has a base price of $300,000.

Pune Warriors retain Ganguly for coming IPL 5 Season


Inducted as an injury replacement last year, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been retained by Pune Warriors for the coming Indian Premier League season.

Ganguly had signed up with the outfit after the start of the tournament last year. He had been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three editions of the Twenty20 event and had led the side in 2008 and 2010.

"We are privileged to have a player of Sourav Ganguly's calibre in our squad. He has been one of India's greatest and most inspirational cricketers. We have no doubt that his presence in the team will boost the team's prospects in the IPL, and motivate the boys to excel themselves," Abhijit Sarkar, Pune Warriors director, said.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said the presence of veteran such as Ganguly enhances the league's appeal.

"Sourav Ganguly's record speaks for itself. Icons like him only enhance the phenomenon that is the IPL. He has always set high standards for himself, and we can expect some outstanding performances from him in the tournament," Shukla said.

Elsewhere, Kings XI Punjab have signed David Miller, the middle-order batsman from South Africa, for the next two seasons.

The IPL's fifth edition will start on April 4.

Pune Captain Yuvraj Singh doubtful for This 2012 IPL 5


India's World Cup star Yuvraj Singh will not only miss the tri-series in Australia but may also not be available for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to sources in the National Cricket Academy, the Punjab southpaw may have to undergo surgery to completely remove the non-malignant tumour in his left lung which has laid him low.

In case he goes under the knife, Yuvraj will not recover in time for the IPL. "He has been working very hard at the NCA, but he can't get back to the field until unless he is 100% fit," an official told TOI on Saturday.

Yuvraj's absence in the ODI series will be a blow for the Indian team, which is being thrashed by Australia in the ongoing Test series. It will be an even bigger blow for IPL team Pune Warriors to lose their captain.

According to Pune's coaching staff, the team is quite concerned about the player's health. "Yuvraj is the star player for Pune. If he goes for this surgery, he most likely will not be fit for the IPL. Yuvi's absence will leave a big hole in Pune's batting line-up," a Pune coaching staff said.

Warriors' management and the IPL governing council will have to take a call on Yuvraj's replacement. A source close to developments said, "Most of the leading cricketers suggested that Yuvraj shouldn't risk his health. If the doctors are suggesting an operation, he should get it done. And if that happens, an operation at this stage means he is not going to play the IPL."

Either BCCI or the IPL governing council will have to form a medical panel to plan for his thorough check-up . "We can't rush his comeback ," an insider said.

Yuvraj hasn't played one-day cricket since last year's World Cup. An injury kept him out of the tour of the West Indies and his England tour was shortened by a finger injury. The left-hander made a comeback during the home Test series against the West Indies.

Mumbai Indians Partner Join Hands for Under-16 Coca Cola Cup


Indian Premier League franchise team Mumbai Indians have joined hands with the Coca Cola Cup under-16 schools cricket tournament to spot talented players and take them under their wings.

The 20-day long Mumbai leg, commencing on January 24, would feature 32 city schools and MI have tied up with the tournament's organisers for identifying talented players for grooming, it was announced at a media conference on Tuesday.

At the all-India level, where the tournament runs in eight states and involves 700 schools over a nine-month period, coaching clinics, sports medicine and nutrition camps and training would be held for a few talented players, said former India stumper Syed Saba Karim.

"Depending on their core strength, they will also get an opportunity to further hone their skills by attending training camps under the guidance of prominent ex-cricketers," said Karim, who has conceptualised the all-India programme.

The MI-Coca Cola initiative has the full support of the franchise's captain Sachin Tendulkar, according to Karim.

"Sachin Tendulkar is taking an active interest in it." The selected players would get an opportunity to train with the IPL franchise team.

Through tournaments like this, deserving talent will be discovered and nurtured well to match up to international standards, said MI assistant coach Paras Mhambrey.

10th team's slot in Indian Premier League falling vacant


With the 10th team's slot in Indian Premier League (IPL) falling vacant after Kochi Tuskers were shown the door, the league officials are now looking at filling that slot in 2014. In the recently held meeting of the team owners with IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, the proposal to include another team in the IPL, put forward by league officials, was discussed at length.

This year and the next year's editions will consist of nine teams playing 76 matches in all. In 2014, if the 10th team comes into existence, BCCI may fall back on the old format of IPL 4. BCCI is looking at two groups comprising of five teams each with 74 matches being played, each team playing 14 league games.

Will Crish Gayle Will Join The Mumbai Indian Squad? They Offered $2Million


Four days before the first trading window of the IPL shuts, the biggest question surrounds the future of Chris Gayle, the West Indies opener. Gayle turned out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, and topped the run-charts while taking them to the IPL final. However, Gayle joined the Royal Challengers as a replacement player midway through the season and was hence on a one-year contract. This year the Royal Challengers have first rights to his services, but it is up to Gayle whether to accept their offer or make himself available for the February 4 auction.

Either way, Gayle stands to cash in on the Twenty20 reputation he has built after hitting two centuries and five half-centuries for the Royal Challengers over last year's IPL and Champions League T20. Last season, he went unsold in the original auction and when he replaced an injured Dirk Nannes the maximum the Royal Challengers could pay him was $650,000, the price Nannes was bought for. This year, Gayle can be bought for up to $2 million, the purse each franchise is allowed.

The Royal Challengers are looking at breaking the bank to retain him before January 20, and if they cannot come to an agreement with him other franchises can bid for him in next month's auction.

"You will have to wait. We will make an announcement soon," Siddharth Mallya, the owner of the Bangalore franchise, told ESPNcricinfo, without revealing any further details. But the Royal Challengers are hot on the heels of Gayle, who is currently playing in the Big Bash League in Australia for the Sydney Thunder. Should the Royal Challengers manage to sign Gayle before the auction, they will have to disclose the fee they have agreed with him to the IPL authorities, and that amount will be deducted from the franchise's $2 million purse at the auction.

A BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo that the Royal Challengers wanted to sign Gayle but they would have to shell out a large portion of their purse to convince him. "Bangalore want Gayle because they see the cricketing merit in the decision as he helped them to the final last year," the official said. "But if they decide to sign a deal with him, they will have to pay big money and if they do that they will be left with nothing much at the auction."

As far as Gayle is concerned, he is spoilt for choice. Reportedly the Mumbai Indians, who have already signed Dinesh Karthik (for $2.35 million) and Pragyan Ojha during the transfer window, have expressed their interest in buying Gayle. "Every franchise would like to have Gayle. He turned one IPL on his own," one of the franchise officials said. According to him Gayle would easily get the maximum $2 million purse available to each franchise. If more than one franchise bids $2 million for Gayle, it will go to a secret tie-breaker in which the competing franchises will submit closed bids.

At the moment, it seems, Gayle holds all the aces.

Pragyan Ojha Joins the Mumbai Indians Squad in IPL 5


After representing Deccan Chargers in four consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons, left-arm bowler Pragyan Ojha on Saturday switched over to Nita Ambani's Mumbai Indians for its next edition.

IPL 5 is scheduled to start from 4th April.

Ojha, who is currently with the Test team in Australia, is the sixth player to be transferred during the 2102 trading window. Ojha won the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket-taker in the 2010 edition of the league.

Nita Ambani said that Ojha's addition would bolster the bowling department.

"With a spinner of Pragyan Ojha's competence, we fortify our bowling department that has won us many matches in the past seasons. Pragyan Ojha is a player of great international repute, and we welcome him with much excitement," said Nita.

E Venkat Reddy, chief operating officer of Deccan Chargers, said that Ojha played a big role in the team's triumph in 2009.

"Pragyan is an outstanding cricketer. He was one of the chief architects of our triumph in 2009. His performances for India, and in the IPL, speak for themselves. We wish him all the best for the future," he said.

Zaheer Khan Hopes to Rejoin in Mumbai Indian's Squad


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vRNppMQbMIM/Tv2ItPPKhiI/AAAAAAAAHgU/vS9b8RSH2XI/s1600/Zaheer-Khan-Hot-Pictures-.jpgMumbai Indians are keen to bring Zaheer Khan back into the fold for IPL 5. The Mukesh Ambani-owned MI team even made an offer to Royal Challengers Bangalore recently for the pacer, but it was rejected on the grounds that Zaheer is the spearhead of the RCB attack.

Sources, however, say there is still a possibility MI may get their wish. RCB are also being pursued by some other teams for Zaheer.

Kerala hopes to host 2-3 matches in IPL-5 ‎


Despite not having an IPL team this season, Kerala hopes to host at least two or three Indian Premier League matches, Kerala Cricket Association secretary T C Mathew, said here on Tuesday.

A positive signal in this regard was given to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla during their recent meeting at New Delhi, he told reporters here. Sports minister K Babu had informed him in this regard, Mathew said.

At least two or three IPL matches are likely to be given to Kochi, he said, quoting Babu. BCCI had terminated the KTK franchise last year for breaching the terms of agreement after the franchise was unable to furnish a new bank guarantee.

Mathew said he would meet the IPL Chairman at Delhi on January 11 to inform him about Kochi's preparedness to host the matches.

KCA has also requested BCCI President N Srinivasan to give Kochi two matches of Chennai Super Kings, he said adding no positive or negative response has been received so far. KCA is in the cluster of CSK, he said.
The association is yet to receive about Rs 90 lakh from Kochi Tuskers Kerala, he said.

Pat Cummins may withdraw from IPL 5 auction


Forced to miss the ongoing Test series against India due to a foot injury, teen pace sensation Pat Cummins has indicated that he might withdraw from the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League next year.

The 18-year-old fast bowler said that he is no mood to compromise his Australia career for the Twenty20 league and will take a call on his participation before the IPL auction in February next year.

Asked if the injury had forced him to rethink about his maiden IPL stint next April, Cummins said, "It probably does. I've said the whole time that playing for Australia is my number one goal. I don't want anything to impact on that. Looking to the future, I might have to reassess my options."

Cummins has luxury to pull out of the IPL before the auction or on the eve of the tournament itself.

"The auction is in early February and I've got all the way until then to pull out," he said.

"And even if I go through with the auction, I can still reassess before the competition starts."

"Even if I didn't have the injury, this is always something that will cause debate. I'm still young, and I'd love to play as many Tests as possible. But it (Twenty20) is only four overs a game," Cummins was quoted as saying in the Australian Associated Press.

Cummins is expected to return in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Sixers on January 18, but his chances of playing the fourth and final Test against India in Adelaide are very slim.

Dinesh Karthik moves to Mumbai from K XI P for IPL-5


Dinesh Karthik will join the Mumbai Indians from the Kings XI Punjab as the first transfer of the 2012 IPL trading window. The wicket-keeper batsman played 14 matches for the Mohali-based side last season without much success.

Karthik, who has played for India in both Tests and ODIs, also represented Delhi Daredevils in the first three editions of the T20 league and featured in 42 matches in all.

Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians franchise, expressed her joy at the signing.

"We are very pleased to add a player of Dinesh Karthik's calibre and specific skills to the Mumbai Indians squad as this addition will further strengthen our side," she said.

The owners of Kings XI Punjab also wished him good luck.

"Dinesh played an important role for Kings XI Punjab last season, but with our captain Adam Gilchrist donning the wicket-keeping gloves, we were unable to harness Dinesh's complete potential. Everybody at Kings XI Punjab wishes him the very best in his future endeavours," a statement from the owners said.
Meanwhile, IPL chairman Rajiv Shulka expects more happenings in the trading window in the coming days.
"It looks like the 2012 trading window will be an active one as the franchises look to revise and strengthen their squads in advance of the player auction on 4 February 2012," he said.

Kochi Tuskers's foreign players asked to sue owners


The BCCI has asked the international players who had signed with Kochi Tuskers Kerala, the now defunct IPL franchise, to file individual court cases against the owners in order to recover the money due to them. ESPNcricinfo understands that the move is purely a legal requirement and that the board has assured the players, who signed a two-year contract, that they will receive their money for IPL 4 and IPL 5. The international players who played for Kochi included Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muralitharan, Brendon McCullum and Steven Smith.

The Kochi franchise was terminated by the BCCI last September for breaching its terms of agreement. The board also encashed the team's bank guarantee worth Rs. 156 crores (US$ 30.39 million). At the time, Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman, said the board would protect the players' rights.

"Our prime concern will be the players' interest, their interest is not hampered in terms of financial losses and also in terms of their participation in the tournament," he told PTI. "Suppose these players are re-auctioned for some other franchise and if there is any difference in what they are supposed to get, it will be compensated by us."

The need for the players to file individual cases arose because the player contracts are between the players and the franchises, and not the BCCI. Under Indian law, a legal agreement between two parties is required when it comes to remitting money overseas. In the absence of an agreement, if the board transferred money to the players in other countries, it would violate the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, something it has already been accused of violating multiple times by the government.

Therefore to avoid contravening the law, the board wants the players to sue Kochi with the BCCI included as party to each case. ESPNcricinfo understands this would then lead to the players being permitted to be paid by the BCCI for the 2011 season and beyond.

Defending champions CS will take on Mumbai Indians in 1st Match


Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League at Chennai's MA Chidambaram stadium on April 4, the BCCI announced on Friday.

The tournament is scheduled to feature nine franchisee teams and a total of 76 matches will be played across the 12 venues in the run to the finals on May 27.

The league stage of the 54-day-long event will comprise of 72 matches with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format.

The play offs would be hosted by Bangalore and Chennai, the two finalists from the previous edition.

While Bangalore will host Qualifier 1 - the table toppers from the league stage versus the second team on that list (1 vs 2) - and the Eliminator - the contest between the third and fourth placed teams (3 vs 4) - on May 22 and 23 respectively, Chennai will be the venue for Qualifier 2 to be played on May 25.

The city will also host the final on May 27. The new stadium in Pune, subject to the final completion, will make its debut as an IPL venue, by staging all eight 'home' games of the Pune Warriors India. Dharamsala, Cuttack and Vizag will host two games each.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala, which made its debut in 2011, will not figure in the fifth season as the franchise was terminated by the BCCI last September for breaching its terms of agreement.

Schedule of IPL matches:

April 4Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

April 5 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

April 6 Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

April 7 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

April 8 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab

April 9 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

April 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils Chennai Super Kings

April 11 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

April 12 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India

April 13 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

April 14 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings

April 15 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

April 16 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

April 17 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India

April 18 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 19 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India

April 20 Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 21 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India.

April 22 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 23 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 24 Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

April 25 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

April 26 Pune Warriors vs India Deccan Chargers

April 27 Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

April 28 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 29 Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

April 30 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 1 Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

May 2 Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

May 3 Pune Warriors vs India Mumbai Indians

May 4 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

May 5 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

May 6 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers

May 7 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 8 Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

May 9 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 10 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

May 11 Pune Warriors India vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 12 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

May 13 Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers

May 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

May 15 Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

May 16 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 17 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 18 Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

May 19 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 20 Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

Play offs:

May 22 Qualifier 1: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team

May 23 Eliminator: Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team

May 25 Qualifier 2: Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier1

May 27 Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2.

IPL Season 5: 230 Players to Go Under the Hammer


It was revealed at the workshop for the IPL franchise owners in Goa that more than 230 players will go under the hammer in the IPL 5 mega auction. It is understood that 207 players from around the world have expressed an interest to be a part of the auction while the 27 players from the disbanded Kochi Tuskers IPL franchise will also be up for grabs at the auction.

The IPL committee will now take the step of corresponding with the players by mail so that the parties can arrive at a base price for each player. The final list of players who will be available for auction will be made available by the BCCI’s IPL committee on the third week of January. Analysts have calculated that a maximum of 29 players can be auctioned off if all available slots have to be filled. The auction is set to be held on February 4th as each franchise have a purse of US2 million dollars.

Some of the franchises had asked the board to organize the auction in Australia, where the national team is in action at the present time. One of the owners have made this suggestion at the owner’s meeting in Goa.

However, most of the owners were against the idea and wanted it to be held as planned in India. BCCI and IPL officials have made it clear that the auction will be held in India.

The venue of the auction, however, has not been disclosed as of yet. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is understood to be in favor of conducting the auctions in New Delhi, but some of the board officials would rather have it at Bangalore. A final decision will be made in a few days time.

Addition of TV sets in the players dug-outs were also discussed as Nita Ambani, Vijay Mallya, Mohit Burman, Jay Mehta, Gayatri Reddy and Raj Kundra met at the owner’s meeting.

Chennai Super Kings's IPL 5 Schedule - Will CSK be Champion Again


Chennai Super Kings: CSK IPL 5 2012 Schedule & Fixtures Schedule. Check out the All matches of Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League 2012 Season 5. Match Time Table, Date, Teams, Venue and More.

CSK IPL 5 2012 Match Schedule & Fixtures, Chennai Super Kings Time Table 2012
April 4th 2012
Mumbai Indians
20:00 IST
April 7th 2012
Deccan Chargers
20:00 IST
April 10th 2012
Delhi Daredevils
20:00 IST
April 12th 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore
16:00 IST
April 14th 2012
Pune Warriors
20:00 IST
April 19th 2012
Pune Warriors
20:00 IST
April 21st 2012
Rajasthan Royals
16:00 IST
April 25th 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore
20:00 IST
April 28th 2012
Kings XI Punjab
16:00 IST
April 30th 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders
20:00 IST
May 4th 2012
Deccan Chargers
20:00 IST
May 6th 2012
Mumbai Indians
16:00 IST
May 10th 2012
Rajasthan Royals
20:00 IST
May 12th 2012
Delhi Daredevils
20:00 IST
May 14th 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders
20:00 IST
May 17th 2012
Kings XI Punjab
16:00 IST

Opening Ceremony of the IPL season 5 In Chennai on 3rd April 2012


The season of Indian Premier League will soon begin in India. This year a total nine teams will be playing the IPL. This will be fifth season of the Indian Premier League that started in the year 2008. The BCCI or the Board of Control for Cricket in India established this league in 2007. This year in 2012 the IPL will begin from 4th April. The League will end on 27th May 2012.The opening ceremony of the IPL season 5 will be help in Chennai on 3rd April 2012.

The IPL 2012 teams include:

• Rajasthan Royals
• Chennai Super Kings
• Bangalore Royal Challengers
• Kolkata Knight Riders
• Delhi Dare Devils
• Kings XI Punjab
• Mumbai Indians
• Deccan Chargers and
• Pune Warriors

It has been reported that the team from Kochi named Kochi Tuskers will not be playing the 2012 Indian Premier League. However the players from this team will be auctioned for the 2012 matches.

The new IPL governing body which is now headed by Rajiv Shukla along with the BCCI has already decided the fate of the Kochi Tuskers for the 2012 IPL matches. Even though they tried really hard, the Kochi Tuskers could not make it for this year. While the auction of IPL 2012 teams has not been done for this year, it is yet to be decided which all players get the best deal for the season 5.

However current information on Indian Premier League 2012 says that the Pune Warriors will try to retain Saurav Ganguly not only as a player, but as a mentor for the whole team. Information about the IPL 2012 also says that Bangalore Royal Challengers would like to retain Chris Gayle in their team, although it is yet to be confirmed by the IPL and BCCI board. The Coach Dav Whatmore has already resigned from the Kolkata Knight Riders Team as he is contemplating on the offer of being the coach of a National Team. Sources say that Trevor Baylis will be new coach in the team.

According to IPL guidelines, if the Rajasthan Royals wish to have Chris Gayle in their team then they have the right to sign him first, provided both the franchisee and the player agree to the terms and conditions. Chris Gayle came to the Rajasthan Royals in place of Dirk Nannes in the IPL of 2011. If Chris Gayle does not wish to continue with his previous franchisee, then he will enter the scheduled auction of IPL 2012.

BCCI has announced that this year, they will allow additional amount for spending on the new players by extending their salary cap.

The auction for players for the IPL 2012 teams will held 4th of February this year. Since nine teams will play for 2012 IPL, they will be playing on the original format of home and away. So each team will play two matches that will include one match at home ground and other at the rival ground, to get to the semi finals. It is just a month away to know who all are playing for IPL 2012 teams.

IPL 5 Players Transfered from One to To Other Details


The first transfer window was between 15 December and 20 January, 
2012 and included the following transfers.
Player From To Season
Andrew McDonald Delhi Daredevils Royal Challengers Bangalore 2012
Kevin Pietersen Deccan Chargers Delhi Daredevils 2012
Dinesh Karthik Kings XI Punjab Mumbai Indians 2012
Harmeet Singh Deccan Chargers Kings XI Punjab 2012
R Sathish Mumbai Indians Kings XI Punjab 2012

IPL 5 2012 Team Logo


Chennai Super Kings Logo

Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad Logo

Royal Challangers, Banglore Logo

Kings XI Punjab Logo

Kolkata Knight Riders, Logo

Mumbai Indians, Logo

Pune Warriors, Logo

Rajasthan Royals, Logo

New Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB IPL 5 2012 Team


 Owned by business tycoon Dr Vijay Mallya, Bangalore is definitely one of the strongest teams in the IPL. The side has a great batting line-up consisting of hitters like Saurabh Tiwary (one of the costliest players), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The experience of Zaheer Khan in the bowling has been very crucial for the team. Daniel Vettori’s presence helps the side as far as spin bowling is concerned. 

In its red and golden yellow team colours, Bangalore had its moments of glory when they ended up as the finalists in the second edition, losing the title to the Deccan Chargers. After a decent performance in the third season, the team rose to prominence in the fourth, thanks to the big West Indian, Chris Gayle; who quickly turned the tides for his team despite a late entry into the competition. He was not only the Orange cap holder, but was also adjudged “Player of the Tournament” for his all-round performance. The team lost to Chennai Super Kings in the final in 2011, but qualified to play in the third edition of the Champions League T20.


  • Daniel Vettori CAPTAIN
  • Arun Karthik
  • Asad Pathan
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Jonathan Vandiar
  • Luke Pomersbach
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Mohammad Kaif
  • Rilee Rossouw
  • Saurabh Tiwary
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan
  • Virat Kohli
  • Abhimanyu Mithun
  • Abrar Kazi
  • Bhareth Narayann
  • Charl Langeveldt
  • Muttiah Muralidaran
  • Nuwan Pradeep
  • Sreenath Aravind
  • Syed Mohammad
  • Udit Patel
  • Vinay Kumar
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Andrew McDonald
  • Chris Gayle
  • Johan van der Wath
  • Raju Bhatkal
  • Ryan Ninan
  • AB de Villiers
  • Muralidharen Gautam
  • Ray Jennings COACH

    Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
    Cape Cobras 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Chennai Super Kings 12 5 7 0 0 42
    Deccan Chargers 9 4 5 0 0 44
    Delhi Daredevils 8 3 5 0 0 38
    Guyana 1 1 0 0 0 100
    Highveld Lions 1 1 0 0 0 100
    Kings XI Punjab 8 4 4 0 0 50
    Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2 2 0 0 0 100
    Kolkata Knight Riders 9 5 4 0 0 56
    Mumbai Indians 11 4 7 0 0 36
    New South Wales 1 1 0 0 0 100
    Otago Volts 1 1 0 0 0 100
    Pune Warriors India 1 1 0 0 0 100
    Rajasthan Royals 7 4 3 0 0 57
    Somerset 1 1 0 0 0 100
    South Australia 2 1 1 0 0 50
    Victoria 1 0 1 0 0 0
    Warriors 1 0 1 0 0 0

    Highest Individual Score:

    Manish Pandey - 114 runs
    Best Bowling:

    Anil Kumble - 5/5
    Prolific Batsman:

    Virat Kohli. Total: 1699 runs in 76 matches with a batting average of 30.33
    Prolific Bowler:

    Anil Kumble. Total: 53 wickets in 51 matches with an average economy of 6.65

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      New Rajasthan Royals RR IPL 5 2012 Team


      Owned by Emerging Media along with Shilpa Shetty and Beau Raj Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals began their IPL journey on a high note, as they clinched the inaugural edition in 2008. Skipper Sharne Warne led the Royals successfully, as he performed the roles of both, captain as well as the coach. The following seasons were rather unsuccessful, as the team tried to emulate its success in 2008 but repeatedly failed in its attempts. Shane Warne then bid adieu to professional cricket in 2011, as he played his last game in the fourth season.


      • Shane Warne CAPTAIN & COACH 
      • Aakash Chopra 
      • Abhishek Raut
      • Ajinkya Rahane 
      • Amit Paunikar 
      • Ashok Menaria 
      • Brad Hodge 
      • Faiz Fazal 
      • Rahul Dravid 
      • Ross Taylor 
      • Swapnil Asnodkar
      • Aditya Dole 
      • Amit Singh 
      • Brad Hogg 
      • Deepak Chahar 
      • Dinesh Salunkhe 
      • Nayan Doshi 
      • Pankaj Singh 
      • Samad Fallah 
      • Shaun Tait 
      • Siddharth Trivedi 
      • Sreesanth 
      • Sumit Narwal 
      • Ankeet Chavan 
      • Johan Botha 
      • Kevon Cooper 
      • Shane Watson 
      • Stuart Binny 
      • Dinesh Chandimal 
      • Dishant Yagnik 
      • Pinal Shah
        Team Played Won Lost Tie NR Win %
        Chennai Super Kings 9 4 5 0 0 44
        Deccan Chargers 7 6 1 0 0 86
        Delhi Daredevils 8 4 4 0 0 50
        Kings XI Punjab 7 4 3 0 0 57
        Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2 1 1 0 0 50
        Kolkata Knight Riders 8 3 4 1 0 38
        Middlesex 1 1 0 0 0 100
        Mumbai Indians 7 4 3 0 0 57
        Pune Warriors India 1 1 0 0 0 100
        Royal Challengers Bangalore 7 3 4 0 0 43
        Highest Individual Score:
        Yusuf Pathan - 100 runs
        Best Bowling:
        Sohail Tanvir - 6/14
        Prolific Batsman:
        Yusuf Pathan. Total: 1011 runs in 43 matches with a batting average of 26.60
        Prolific Bowler:
        Shane Warne. Total: 58 wickets in 56 matches with an average economy of 7.24

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