India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The Pakistan Cricket Board is expecting to play at least six home and away Test series against India in the next eight-year FTP cycle between 2015 and 2023 which will also include an "off-shore" home series in the United Arab Emirates.

The Pakistan Cricket Board approved to refurbish the test format between India and Pakistan, but they put the stipulation that they will be the part of the bilateral series in opposing to all the members of the International Cricket Council.

By this agreement, PCB generates the amount of 30 billion, which is near about the 310 million U.S dollars over the next eight years if the ICC approves the agreement. Moreover, if this proposal is rejected, it might be seems that the PCB will be bankrupt in two years and this was claimed by the Sethi in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in a press conference.

Sethi said that the decision is made by focusing on the position of the board after sagacity seclusion. To avoid this, the PCB must stay on schedule and they must play a home series in opposing to the Indians as it is the board which generates the most money in all over the boards and of the series in opposing to the India, Pakistan also generates lots of money.

As the infrastructure of the cricket based on the money so it is the requirement of the time and the PCB. The PCB must engage in the bilateral series and they must play the cricket and not to sit like a viewer. Sethi also highlights this point that the world governing board must ask the PCB when they nominate the member from the PCB for the ceremonial role in the ICC President of the next year.

When the decision of the big three was taken by the ICC, then the four boards that are BCCI, PCB, CSA and SLC refused to approve this and they start to deny it. But the proposal has been revised and then it was approved by the full 8 members of the International Cricket Council on February 8, 2014, but the two boards till refuse to accept it and they denied from voting in that very meeting and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board extend the support to the refurbish for 10 days later.

After this no one discusses about the bilateral series with Pakistan and everyone focuses the bilateral series in opposing to the other members except the Pakistan. Since the last July 2013, Pakistan makes no deal in long term broadcasting as this is the major source for the Pakistan Cricket Board. By this the Pakistan faces the discrepancy of nearly about 500 million Pakistani rupees.

But by the present proposal, the stability of the board seems to be sustained and by the long-term deal the amount of 30 billion U.S dollars will be assured for the next eight year cycle. By the broadcasting rights the PCB will get the share of the ICC tournament is off 1.3 percent and now they have the 0.3 means the share percentage will increase by the 1.00 percent and it is the good news for Pakistan cricket.
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Sachin Tendulkar becomes first Indian to feature on Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack cover

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who quit international cricket in November 2013, adorns the cover of the 151st edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. The 40-year-old cricketer is the first Indian to feature on the cover of the Almanack. He was earlier chosen to feature on the cover of the second edition of the Wisden India Almanack.

The yellow page shows Tendulkar walking out of the Wankhede stadium after playing his last innings against the West Indies in November last year. The photograph captured Tendulkar acknowledging the crowd with his bat raised.

“Sachin simply picks himself,” said Lawrence Booth, the Wisden editor. “His status and influence on the game are beyond question. Wisden is delighted to add its own tribute to an exceptional career in this year’s Almanack.”

The 2014 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack will be published in London.

The Wisden said: “Tendulkar played Test matches in front of the most demanding fans in the world for 24 years.”
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ICC World Twenty20 Final: India vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have won the toss and decided to field first against India in the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Both teams have played brilliantly throughout the fifth edition of the coveted tournament and in the finals it would be the battle of nerves.

India team is still unbeaten in the tournament and would like to maintain its winning streak. On the other hand, Sri Lanka would love to give a fitting farewell to two of their senior pros, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, who will be playing in their last T20 International, as they have announced retirement from the shortest format of the game.

One change for Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera comes in for Seekkuge Prasanna. On the other hand, India are playing with the same XI.

The teams for the ICC World Twenty20 Final:
  • India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
  • Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lasith Malinga, Chaturanga de Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
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Women's World T20 Final: Australia vs England

Australia and England, the two powerhouse teams in women's cricket, have made it to the final of T20 World Cup, and with the sides so closely matched, it promises to be a cracker. The teams are set to face off in the final of Women's World T20 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

The Aussies have won the last two tournaments, which includes beating England in the 2012 final in Sri Lanka. However, Charlotte Edwards' side have won the last two Ashes, which must give them confidence.

The squads for Women's World T20 Final:

  • Australia: Meg Lanning (C), Alex Blackwell, Nicole Bolton, Jess Cameron, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Alyssa Healy, Julie Hunter, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Elyse Villani

  • England: Charlotte Edwards (c), Tamsin Beaumont, Kathryn Cross, Jodie Dibble, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Frances Wilson
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T20 World Cup 2014: Virat Kohli leads India in final

Virat Kohli hit a sparkling fifty and got a partnership of 56 with Yuvraj Singh to give India a six-wicket win against South Africa in the second semi-final of the World T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane provided an explosive start, but left early. The two showed their intent early on and took on the Proteas bowlers. Their 39-run partnership came off 23 balls.

Rohit raced to his 24 in 13 balls with four fours and a six. He fell finally when he tried to hit Beuran Hendricks down the ground, but it went straight up.

Ajinkya Rahane (32) kept the momentum going, but the run rate came down a bit. Rahane fell in the tenth over to Wayne Parnell. He tried to give the charge, swung at the bouncer, got a top edge and was caught at deep midwicket.

At this point, Kohli (72*) and Yuvraj (18) came together. They played sensible cricket, hitting the occasional big shots and keeping the strike rotating. The required run rate slowly inched up.

Yuvraj left in the 16th over when he tried to hit Imran Tahir down the ground. He couldn't get the elevation and was caught out at long-off. The required run rate at that point was 10 per over.

The next over changed all that. Suresh Raina (21) got stuck into Wane Parnell and took him for 17 in an over. The match turned on its head.

Raina tried to clear mid-off in the next over and got caught out instead. But he had done his job. The match was in India's kitty.

MS Dhoni came out to finish things off. With two runs remaining, Virat took a single, tying the scores. Ever the gentleman, Dhoni refused to take a run, allowing Virat to finish things off, which he did with a boundary.

In the earlier innings, South Africa captain Faf du Plesis hit a quick fifty and stitched up a 71-run partnership with JP Duminy to steer South Africa to 172 for four in 20 overs.

Now India meet on Sunday's final against Sri Lanka.

Brief Scores:
  • South Africa: 172/4 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 58, JP Duminy not out 45; R Ashwin 3/22).
  • India: 176 for 4 in 19.1 overs (Virat Kohli 72 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 32; Beuran Hendricks 2/31).
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ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final: India vs South Africa

South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the 2nd Semi final of World Twenty20.

Faf du Plessis comes in for Farhaan Behardien for South Africa while Team India remain unchanged from their last match. Shikhar Dhawan and Mohammed Shami remain out of playing XI as Ajinkya Rahane and Mohit Sharma get another game today.

The teams for the ICC World Twenty20, 2nd semi-final:
  • India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
  • South Africa: Faf du Plessis(c), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
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T20 World Cup 2014, 1st Semifinal: Sri Lanka win by 27 runs via D/L method

Sri Lanka have reached the final of the World Twenty20 with a 27-run win over Darren Sammy's West Indies via Duckworth Lewis method at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur. Sri Lanka have secured their berth in the ICC World T20 final as they await their opposition from the second semi-final between India vs South Africa.

Batting first in the first semi-final, Sri Lanka scored an impressive 160 for six riding on important contributions from Angelo Mathews (40) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45).

In reply, West Indies were 80 for four in 13.5 overs when a storm followed by heavy downpour ruled out any chances of a game. The D/L par score at that point of time was 107 and the Caribbeans were well short of the target.

Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Rod Tucker had to wait as per rules before Sri Lanka were adjudged winners.
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T20 World Cup 2014: Semi-Final Schedule and Fixtures

The best four T20 nations in the world are left standing as the 2014 World Twenty20 semi-finals are set to get underway on Thursday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh.

India, South Africa, Asia Cup winners Sri Lanka and defending WT20 champions West Indies negotiated their way through the Super 10 group stage, with the latter two teams having earned their spots in the semi-finals with all-or-nothing wins in their respective last matches.

Let's take a look at the schedule for the upcoming semi-finals:

1 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET
Semi Final 1
Sri Lanka v West Indies
1 p.m. BST/9 a.m. ET
Semi Final 2
India v South Africa
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T20 World cup 2014: West Indies thrash Pakistan to reach semi-finals

Defending champions West Indies secured a World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka on Thursday with a magnificent 84-run win over Pakistan in Mirpur.

In a shoot-out to decide who went through to the last four, West Indies hammered 82 off the last five overs.
Dwayne Bravo fired four sixes in his 46 from 26 balls and put on 71 in 34 balls with Darren Sammy, who hit an unbeaten 42 off 20, as the Windies posted 166-6.

Pakistan lost a wicket first ball and were 82 all out in the 18th over.

It was another irresistible performance from the stylish Windies, who have won three successive games since a seven-wicket defeat against India in their opening match.
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T20 World cup 2014: India face South Africa in the second semi-final

India, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, will face South Africa in the second semi-final on April 4 after the Group 1 games concluded on Monday.

South Africa finished second in Group 1 after Sri Lanka leapfogged them on net run rate following their convincing 59-run win over New Zealand in the virtual quarter-final.

The 2007 champions India enter the semis as Group 2 leaders with 8 points having won all their four matches, beating Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and Australia.

The first semi-final will be in Dhaka on Thursday. And the final will be played in Dhaka on Sunday.

India's road to World Twenty20 semi-finals:
  • Match 1: beat Pakistan by 7 wickets.
  • Match 2: beat West Indies by 7 wickets.
  • Match 3: beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets
  • Match 4: beat Australia by 73 runs

South Africa's road to semi-finals:
  • Match 1: lost to Sri Lanka by 5 runs.
  • Match 2: beat New Zealand by 2 runs.
  • Match 3: beat Netherlands by 6 runs.
  • Match 4: beat England by 3 runs.
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T20 World cup 2014: Yuvraj and Ashwin shine as India thrash Australia

India continued their dream run in the ICC World T20 as they pounded a listless Australia by a whopping 73-run margin to emerge group 2 champions with an all-win record.

Yuvraj (60) and Ashwin (4/11) laid the foundation for India's comfortable win as they bundled out Australia for 86 after making 159/7.

Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India scored 159 for seven with Yuvraj Singh showing glimpses of his destructive self with an innings of 60. On a slow track, Yuvraj initially struggled before blasting four sixes and five boundaries in a 43-ball knock.

Ravichandran Ashwin has been named the Man of the Match.

Australia were slogging absolutely each and everything and shockingly collapsed for a mere 86, their second lowest ever total in T20Is. They have nothing substantial to take back home and will now look to win their dead-rubber match against Bangladesh.

India are going through to the semifinals, playing 4, winning 4 and remain the only team to do so far.

Australia, meanwhile, lost both the Group 2 games they have played so far against Pakistan and West Indies, which put them out of the race for the semi-finals.
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Unbeaten India qualify into WT20 semi-finals

India have qualified for the World Twenty20 semi-finals after defeating hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets with nine balls remaining in Dhaka.

India, who won the toss and elected to field, started strongly by dismissing Tamim Iqbal (6), Shamsur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan (1) inside the first five overs. Bangladesh had been restricted to 138-7 in their 20 overs, leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3-26) again impressing. Anamul Haque (44) and Mahmudullah (33) offered the only real resistance.

Virat Kohli (57) and Rohit Sharma (56) shared in a second-wicket partnership of 100 to ensure a third successive Group Two win with nine balls to spare.

India never qualified for the semis in the last three editions of the tournament after winning it in 2007.
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Sachin Tendulkar to watch F1 race in Bahrain

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar will be in the visitors gallery to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled to be held next month April.

Bahrain's first-ever Formula One night race will be held at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from April 4 to 6. Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, will travel to Manama with his family at the invitation of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, reported Gulf Daily News.

Bahraini businessman Mohammed Dadabhai, who is close to Tendulkar, confirmed that the batting legend will be present to watch the first Formula 1 night race in Bahrain. "This is great news that will bring both Bahrain and India closer as the cricketing idol has accepted the invitation to visit Bahrain to attend this year's Formula One race," Dadabhai was quoted as saying Sunday.

"There is no doubt that Sachin Tendulkar, who is visiting with his family, will be one of the main attractions of this major event and we are happy that the most popular cricketer in the world is visiting Bahrain," he added.
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Sachin Tendulkar unveils digital mosaic of himself

Japanese electronics major Toshiba paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar by creating the world’s largest digital photo mosaic of the retired player, considered to be the largest of any cricketer.

Tendulkar himself unveiled the mosaic at a function. The company had started the campaign on social media earlier this year and the mosaic of Sachin Tendulkar adorned with the images of more than 17,000 fans was displayed on an 84 inch Toshiba 4k Ultra HD TV.

The photo mosaic is adapted from a painting by Viveek Sharma and the painting — titled eye of the tiger — draws a parallel between the tiger and the legendary cricketer for his strength, bravery and precision.
It is also a metaphorical reference depicting Tendulkar’s fiery attitude when it comes to cricket, according to Toshiba.
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T20 Lowest scores

KenyaKenya v Ireland04-Aug-2008 Belfast67
(17.2 Ovrs)
won by 4 wickets
IrelandIreland v West IndiesApr 30, 2010 Providence68
(16.4 Ovrs)
West Indies
won by 70 runs
BermudaBermuda v CanadaAug 05, 2008 Belfast70
(20.0 Ovrs)
won by 8 wickets
KenyaKenya v New ZealandSep 12, 2007Durban73
(16.5 Ovrs)
New Zealand
won by 9 wickets
IndiaIndia v AustraliaFeb 01, 2008 Melbourne74
(17.3 Ovrs)
won by 9 wickets
CanadaCanada v ZimbabweOct 13, 2008 King City (NW)75
(19.2 Ovrs)
won by 109 runs
BangladeshBangladesh v New ZealandFeb 03, 2010Hamilton78
(17.3 Ovrs)
New Zealand
won by 10 wickets
West IndiesWest Indies v ZimbabweFeb 28, 2010Port of Spain79/7
(20.0 Ovrs)
won by 26 runs
AustraliaAustralia v EnglandJun 13, 2005Southampton79
(14.3 Ovrs)
won by 100 runs
AfghanistanAfghanistan v South AfricaMay 05, 2010Bridgetown80
(16.0 Ovrs)
South Africa
won by 59 runs
New ZealandNew Zealand v Sri LankaMay 23, 2010 Lauderhill81 (17.3 Ovrs)Sri Lanka
won by 7 wickets
ScotlandScotland v South AfricaJun 7, 2009 The Oval81
(15.4 Ovrs)
South Africa
won by 130 runs
BangladeshBangladesh v Sri LankaSep 18, 2007 Johannesburg83
(15.5 Ovrs)
Sri Lanka
won by 64 runs
ZimbabweZimbabwe v New ZealandMay 4, 2010 Providence84
(15.1 Ovrs)
New Zealand
won by 7 runs (D/L method)
NetherlandsIreland v NetherlandsFeb 13, 2010 Dubai86
(15.3 Ovrs)
won by 65 runs
Sri LankaSri Lanka v AustraliaMay 9, 2010 Bridgetown87
(16.2 Ovrs)
won by 81 runs
KenyaKenya v Sri LankaSep 14, 2007 Johannesburg88
(19.3 Ovrs)
Sri Lanka
won by 172 runs
PakistanPakistan v EnglandSep 7, 2010 Cardiff89
(18.4 Ovrs)
won by 6 wickets
CanadaCanada v KenyaAug 3, 2008 Belfast91
(19.4 Ovrs)
won by 4 wickets
KenyaKenya v PakistanSep 4, 2007Nairobi (Gym)92 (19.4Ovrs)Pakistan
won by 8 wickets

NOTE: The scores up to 15-03-2014
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Sachin Tendulkar launches special silver coins in Mumbai

Legend cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched special edition silver coins, with his face, name and signature embossed on them in Mumbai.

Valuemart Gold & Jewels and Diamond India will launch 15,921 coins, each coin signifying the number of runs scored by batting maestro scored in Tests during his glittering 24-year international career between 1989 and 2013.

The special edition coins would also have the batting icon’s name at the top, 200th Test match-2013 written below, where his face is engraved, and “ST” logo, as per the details in the invite issued for the launch function.

The coins, minted in 200gm silver, have been crafted by Switzerland-based precious metal refiner Valcambi SA.

Silver coins named after the legend are already available on the market. They weigh 20gm and 10gm, carry his photo and signature, but are without the figure of 200, signifying the number of Tests he had played before retiring in November last year.

Sachin Tendulkar with this honour would have been overwhelmed as he recently won the cricketer of the generation title by the Cricinfo.

Tendulkar during news conference after the release of the coins, said that he was fond of collecting coins in his childhood.
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Sri Lanka clinch Asia Cup 2014

Sri Lanka claimed a brutally efficient five-wicket victory over efending champions Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2014 final in Dhaka on Saturday.

Going into the final with a perfect record throughout the competition, a five-wicket haul from Lasith Malinga and opener Lahiru Thirimanne's fluent century guided Sri Lanka to glory.

Sri Lanka were clinical as they restricted Pakistan to a modest 260-5 and then overhauled the target with 22 balls to spare to lift their fifth Asia Cup title. The last time they won the regional championship was in 2008.

Pakistan won the toss and Misbah-ul-Haq opted to bat first. Malinga pegged Pakistan back as he demolished the rival top order with his fierce pace and it was Fawad Alam's magnificent unbeaten 114 that guided to a respectable score.

Riding on the century of Thirimanne, Sri Lanka chased the total of 261 runs with an ease. Mahela, who was out of form, too contributed well with the bat and stitched a crucial partnership of 156 runs for the third wicket with Thirimanne to chase the target quite comfortably.

They have been the most consistent team throughout the tournament and their all-round quality shined through in this final.
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Tendulkar more difficult to bowl to than Lara: Brett Lee

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee, who was in Mumbai on Tuesday, was drawn into the debate on Tendulkar and Lara's greatness.

Last week, South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis faced the same question and rated Lara as a better batsman than Tendulkar.

Asked to compare the two great batsmen, Lee said, "I have to say Sachin, because he has that aura when he comes out to bat."

"I have waged many a battle against him and was lucky enough to get him out more number of times than anyone else in the world. But I was also on the receiving end of many hundreds -- like the hundred (116) he got at Melbourne in 1999 and the many hundreds he has scored against us all around the world. When you play against Sachin you somehow (have to) find a way to give that little bit extra," said Lee.

"Interestingly Brett Lee is one of those fast bowlers who's had fair degree of success against India's legendary batsmen. Yet he picks Sachin. "There was some aura about him. I remember seeing him when I played my first test at MCG and I looked at him and was pinching myself if this was real. He was tiny and had a thick bat. I told to myself this is what dreams are made of. Its strange when you are playing against a man you have grown up seeing as a hero. I wanted my autograph book and get autograph and not bowl to him," Lee recalls.

"It's a huge opportunity and I had a lot of opportunities to play against him," added Lee.

Lee's assessment of Tendulkar was at variance with that of Kallis, who two days ago, was quoted as saying that Lara was the best batsman he has ever played against.

Kallis, one of the greatest all-rounders to have graced the game, however, described Tendulkar's achievements as incredible.

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Bat of honour for Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar delighted fans across the world during his illustrious international career, and India’s Network 18 group on March 2, 2014, unveiled a monument - standing more than 25 feet high and weighing over two tonnes - in Mumbai.

Standing more than 25 feet high and weighing over two tones, the gigantic steel monument was unveiled by the Master Blaster himself, and has been installed on the Carter Road Promenade - close to Tendulkar's residence.

Sachin's emotional farewell speech that brought the nation to tears has also been etched on a plaque below the installation.

The monument is tribute to the cricket legend by a media group.
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Sachin Tendulkar did not want to bat at number 4: Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly revealed that Sachin Tendulkar was not too happy when he was asked to bat at number four in One-day internationals back in 2002-03.

“You say, please, do it for a short while; of course you’ll be back up, let’s see how long it goes. Once he settled down to the idea and saw it work, it was fine. When things went a bit wobbly at the 2003 World Cup, he was back up straight away,” Ganguly said.

In an article featured in ESPNcricinfo’s new anthology ‘Sachin Tendulkar: The Man Cricket Loved Back‘, Ganguly added that Sachin Tendulkar’s record as Indian captain is better than what people make it out to be.

“He led on some very tough tours – South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia – and it must be said he didn’t lose eight in a row. This when he didn’t have a very good team around him. The older players were fading and the newcomers were too raw.”

“When it came to being Sachin’s captain, it was about giving him due respect: treating him like a team-mate but also as the special player he was. He was central to the side doing well. He had to feel relaxed and comfortable,” Ganguly added.

While Sachin scored 2,059 runs from 61 innings with an average of 38.85 at number four in ODIs. He made 4 centuries and 8 half-centuries.

Other legendary cricketers like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman also paid tributes to Tendulkar in the book.
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Sachin Tendulkar begins work on his autobiography

Soon cricket fans around the world will come to know the story of Sachin Tendulkar from the man himself as the batting icon planning to write his biography, now he spends all his time with childrens.

"The work on it has started. If I give out the details of it, then who will read it? When the time is appropriate, I will let you know [more about it]," Tendulkar said during a Reynolds event in Chennai.

Tendulkar said writing is not something new to him as he was used to writing letters to parents and Anjali from tours before the cell-phone era. "When I started playing cricket, there were no mobile phones. So writing letters to my parents and later on to my wife Anjali became one of the ways to stay connected with near and dear ones," the Bharat Ratna awardee said.

Tendulkar's father was known name among Marathi writers and suggested that he wants his children to develop passion for writing. "Anjali and me would allow both Sara and Arjun to scribble on the walls when they were young."

"Writing, much like batting, needs ample practice, the right technique and execution," the batting maestro signed off.
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South Africa wins maiden ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup 2014

South Africa won its maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title when it defeated two-time former champion Pakistan by six wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Fast bowler Corbin Bosch saved his best performance in the tournament for the title match when he claimed four for 15, and wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin collected six catches behind the wickets as Pakistan was bundled out for 131 in 44.3 overs after electing to bat first.

South Africa captain Aiden Markram then held one end together as he scored an unbeaten 66 to guide his team home in 42.1 overs. Markram, who faced 125 balls and hit six fours, was well assisted by Greg Oldfield, who contributed 40 in a 71-runs partnership for the third wicket to help the side recover after South Africa was reduced to 28 for two.

Bosch was named the player of the match for his brilliant figures in the final.

Markram finished as the highest scorer for South Africans (3rd highest overall) in the tournament with 370 runs to his name, including two centuries and one half-century in the final. The Proteas captain was also named the player of the tournament.

18-year-old express pacer Kagiso Rabada was the highest wicket-taker for South Africa (2nd highest overall), picking 14 wickets in five matches. Rabada was the hero in semi-final, when he destroyed Australia with his spell of 6/25.

The next ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will be staged in Bangladesh in 2016 and details will be announced in due course.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan 131 all out (Amad Butt 37, Zafar Gohar 22; Corbin Bosch 4/15, Yaseen Valli 2/19)
South Africa 134/4 (Aiden Arkram 66*, Greg Oldfied 40; Karamat Ali 2/24, Zia-ul-Haq 1/27)
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Top 10 players of most centuries in ODIs

PlayerCountryNo of 100'sInnings
Sachin Tendulkar India
Ricky Ponting Australia
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka
Sourav Ganguly India
Herschelle Gibbs South Africa
Chris Gayle West Indies
Saeed Anwar Pakistan
Virat Kohli India
Brian Lara West Indies
Mark Waugh Austrelia

NOTE: The records upto 26th February 2014.
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Asia Cup: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane anchor India to six-wicket win over Bangladesh

India began their Asia Cup campaign with a six-wicket win over Bangladesh.

A 213-run stand between Virat Kohli (136) and Ajinkya Rahane (73) helped India beat Bangladesh by six wickets.

The 19th century (136 off 122 balls) of India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has equalling Brian Lara with his 19th One Day International century, against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup on Wednesday. Now, Kohli is joint seventh on highest century-makers in ODIs. The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar with 49.

Earlier, Kohli won the toss and sent Bangladesh in to bat. The home team were without injured opener Tamim Iqbal and premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim had hit a sparkling ton to help the hosts post a challenging 279 for seven.

While Rahim's excellent knock went in vain, Kohli's effort resulted in victory of his team.

India will take on Sri Lanka on Friday.
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List of Asia Cup champions

The 12th edition of the Asia Cup will get under way in Bangladesh. Asia Cup will be contested between Asian countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan (introduced in 2014 edition).

The first Asia Cup was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1983-84. India won the inaugural tournament, defeating Sri Lanka.

India is the most successful team with five titles. Here is the list of previous Asia Cup champions starting from the inaugural edition in 1983-84.

Year Host Champion Runner-Up
1984 UAE India Sri Lanka
1986 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Pakistan
1988 Bangladesh India Sri Lanka
1990-91 India India Sri Lanka
Pakistan (Cancelled)
1995 UAE India Sri Lanka
1997 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka India
2000 Bangladesh Pakistan Sri Lanka
2004 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka India
2008 Pakistan Sri Lanka India
2010 Sri Lanka India Sri Lanka
2012 Bangladesh Pakistan Bangladesh
2014 Bangladesh TBD TBD
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Asia Cup 2014 - match Time table & fixtures

The 12th edition of Asia Cup is hosting in Bangladesh from 25th February to 8th March 2014. Bangladesh hosting second consecutive year and fourth overall. Five teams comprising of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are scheduled to participate for this biggest tournament played at the Asian level. The two venues are Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur and Fatullah Osmani Stadium at Fatullah.

With the schedule of the tournament out, all eyes remain fixed on the Super Sunday of 2nd March for the mouth watering clash between neighbours and cricketing rivals India and Pakistan. India has emerged at the winner in their last meeting in the rain affected Champions Trophy match last June, where they beat Pakistan by 8 wickets. Pakistan would be eager to repay their last match kindness back to Virat Kohli led side.

India would start the contest on 26th February against the host nation Bangladesh at Fatullah. India is coming into this tournament without the services of its regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India has won the trophy 5 times.

Take a look at the complete schedule with match Time table and fixtures detail of Asia Cup 2014:

Tue, Feb. 25 Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Fatullah
Wed, Feb. 26 Bangladesh vs. India Fatullah
Thu, Feb. 27 Afghanistan vs. Pakistan Fatullah
Fri, Feb. 28 India vs. Sri Lanka Fatullah
Sat, Mar. 1 Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan Fatullah
Sun, Mar. 2 India vs. Pakistan Dhaka
Mon, Mar. 3 Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka Dhaka
Tue, Mar. 4 Bangladesh vs. Pakistan Dhaka
Wed, Mar. 5 Afghanistan vs. India Dhaka
Thu, Mar. 6 Bangladesh vs. Sri Lanka Dhaka
Sat, Mar. 8 FINAL Dhaka

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Sachin wanted to pack me off from West indies tour: Ganguly

Sachin Tendulkar almost sent an errant Sourav Ganguly home midway from the Caribbean tour of 1997 for not doing what he had been told to to do by the now retired legendary batsman. After the humiliating defeat in the 3rd Test match against West Indies, Ganguly was told to go for a morning run, which he didn’t; Ganguly reveals in his new book.

The incident happened immediately after the third Test in Barbados which India lost narrowly by 38 runs. Set to chase 120 on a wearing track with uneven bounce, the visitors collapsed for a paltry 81. The Windies trio of Ian Bishop, Curtley Ambrose and Franklyn Rose ripped through the Indian batting line-up.

Ganguly begins the anecdote with an admission: "My fault, actually." Then he goes on write, "Sachin was utterly dejected and very angry with us. To get him to think positive and stop beating himself and us up so much, I asked him to tell me what to do. "Go for a run tomorrow morning," he said.

“It’s a story to tell now, but when he found out that I had missed the morning run the next day, his face was almost purple with anger. He told me, in language that cannot be printed, that he was going to send me home and I should sort myself out because my career could be ending. The thought of being sent home was enough to light a fire under my shoes. I wouldn’t have broken any records, never have, never will, but from the next morning, I was up and running.”

This comes from the new book Sachin Tendulkar: The man cricket loved back, which is Ganguly’s recollection of his former opening partner. 41 reminiscences and essays on the greatest star to ever grace the game complete the anthology, which has been put together by an online website.

As a captain, Tendulkar was seen as a failure. Under his captaincy, India won four Tests and lost nine. But Ganguly provides a justification of sorts for the poor record even as he takes an indirect dig at the current skipper MS Dhoni.

"Sachin was a better captain than his results show and better than people make him out to be. He led on some very tough tours - South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Australia - and it must be said he didn't lose eight in a row. This when he didn't have a very good team around him. The older players were fading and the newcomers were too raw," he explains.

Every article in the book lauds the Mumbai batting maestro. But when high praise comes from Allan Donald, who took the wicket of Tendulkar 10 times in the five Tests and five ODIs where both figured, it perhaps means a little more.

In the article headlined, The man who made you plan for weeks, the South Africa speedster writes, "You didn't work Tendulkar out in days. You had to plan for him weeks in advance. Otherwise, he could frustrate bowlers. When Hansie Cronje was the captain, our thinking was that the first 20 balls we had to make Tendulkar play every single one, even if we leaked runs. We also decided that we were not going to test him with the short ball early on: it was an easy way for him to get himself into his innings. We wanted to make him sweat as much as we could.

He goes on to say, "When a great batsman is in form, that is when you get really challenged as a fast bowler. Tendulkar turned that bowler's ego to his advantage. We saw it dozens of times, when he counterpunched really well. He had that ability, when the bowler was at his best and in fantastic rhythm and bowling at his optimum pace, to come in and change the state of the game, to hit you off your line, get you out of the attack. He was careful, but if you offered him half a chance he would make you pay. With Tendulkar you were always working with fine, fine margins."
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Virender Sehwag to lead MCC team

India Test discard Virender Sehwag has been roped in to captain the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad in a four-day Champion County match against Durham starting March 23 in Abu Dhabi, while Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan will lead the team in the preceding Emirates T20 tournament. The pair will lead a squad that also includes England's Monty Panesar and Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Prasanna Jayawardene.

Virender Sehwag also confirmed to appear in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord's Bicentenary match on July 5.

The MCC team will arrive in Abu Dhabi on March 18 to take part in the Emirates T20 tournament on March 21 which also features Lancashire, Sussex, Durham and a Fly Emirates Select XI. Lancashire will then play 50-over matches against an MCC Universities Combined XI and MCC Young Cricketers on March 22 and 23 respectively.

Muralitharan will be making a special appearance as MCC captain in the Emirates T20 tournament, which will be played under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner and will feature the use of pink cricket balls.

The traditional four-day County Champion match will get underway on March 23 and will be a day/night match played with a pink ball.

Here the MCC squad travelling to Abu Dhabi
  • Virender Sehwag India - captain
  • Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) - captain (T20 fixtures only)
  • Sam Robson (Middlesex & England Lions)
  • Luis Reece (Lancashire)
  • Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
  • Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire & England)
  • Prassana Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)
  • Ollie Rayner (Middlesex & England Lions)
  • Andre Adams (Nottinghamshire)
  • Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire & England)
  • Kyle Hogg (Lancashire)
  • Monty Panesar (Essex & England)
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BCCI paid Windies Board $250,000 for Tendulkar’s farewell series

Sachin Tendulkar’s hugely followed farewell Test series in October-November came at a price to the BCCI — $250,000 (approximately Rs 1.5 crore) to be precise.

The BCCI has paid this amount to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on a specific request from it, said a top BCCI official. This money, according to the official, is actually the “reimbursement” that the West Indies Cricket Board had sought. The official also pointed out that the BCCI was not obliged to pay anything to the WICB as worldwide tours for many years have been taking place on reciprocal basis, meaning that no guarantee money is paid to the Board sending its team to the host country.

The home series against the West Indies, comprising two Tests and three One-day Internationals, was not originally scheduled for the 2013-14 home season, nor was it mentioned on the ICC Future Tours Programme, to which BCCI is not a signatory, anyway, the only series scheduled at home was against Australia, which played seven ODIs and a solitary Twenty20 International. But after India’s tour to South Africa was shortened due to a dispute between the two Boards, the BCCI invited the West Indies for the series during which Tendulkar completed 200 Tests.

The official disclosed that it was only during a recent working committee meeting that members came to know that the WICB had requested the BCCI for a reimbursement of $250,000 towards the travel costs of the squad to India and the money spent on obtaining visas etc.,

This payment was unusual as Boards hosting a team these days take care of all the boarding and lodging expenditure, but no money is paid to the Board of the touring team.

The system of the home Board paying its counterpart for sending its team was discontinued more than 10 years ago, according to former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Source: Yahoo Cricket India
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The squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014

The final squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014 have been confirmed. The tournament will be held in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6. Tournament Schedule 16 teams will be seen in action. While 15 squads have been announced, Zimbabwe is yet to name their line-up.

Here the squads for the ICC World T20 - 2014

Country Team Members
AfghanistanMohammad Nabi (captain), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Taraki, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran
AustraliaGeorge Bailey (captain), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
BangladeshMushfiqur Rahim (captain), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal
EnglandStuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
Hong KongJamie Atkinson (captain), Aizaz Khan, Mark Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Babar Hayat, Irfan Ahmed, Roy Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat
IndiaMahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
IrelandWilliam Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
NepalParas Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma
NetherlandsPeter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
New ZealandBrendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
PakistanMohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Talha, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
South AfricaFrancois du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Sri LankaDinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardena, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
United Arab EmiratesKhurram Khan (captain), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Asadullah Shareef, Faizan Asif, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge, Moaaz Qazi, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patil, Rohit Singh, Shadeep Silva, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty
West IndiesDarren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
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Injured MS Dhoni ruled out of Asia Cup; Kohli to lead

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was today ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a side-strain injury that he suffered during the second Test in New Zealand. In Dhoni's absence, Virat Kohli will lead the side. Dinesh Karthik will take Dhoni's place in the squad. "

The Indian team returned early Thursday from the tour where New Zealand won the one-dayers 4-0 and also clinched the two-Test series 1-0.

As reported earlier, the 15-member squad includes Cheteshwar Pujara, who has played just two ODIs for India. He replaced Suresh Raina, who was omitted along with pacer Ishant Sharma.

Team India opens its campaign in the tournament against hosts Bangladesh in their first Asia Cup match in Fatullah on February 26.

Defending champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are the other teams in the tournament, the symbol of one-day supremacy in the region.

Dhoni, who captains India in all three formats of the game, is expected to be fit for the World Twenty20 which will also be played in Bangladesh from March 16.

India's squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey.
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IPL7: Rajasthan Royals - Full squad after the auction

Rajasthan Royals Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 24.
  • Amount spent: Rs 54.45 crores (Rs 5.55 cr remaining).
  • Amount for 5 retentions: Rs 37.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Steve Smith Rs 4 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 4.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 8.
  • Wicketkeepers: 3
Here is Rajasthan Royals's full squad after the auction.
  1. Shane Watson (Australia, all-rounder) Retained
  2. Ajinkya Rahane (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Stuart Binny (India, all-rounder) Retained
  4. James Faulkner (Australia, all-rounder) Retained
  5. Sanju Samson (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Retained
  6. Steve Smith (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 4 crores
  7. Brad Hodge (Australia, batsman) Rs 2.4 crores
  8. Rajat Bhatia (India, all-rounder) Rs 1.7 crores
  9. Tim Southee (New Zealand, fast bowler) Rs 1.2 crores
  10. Dhawal Kulkarni (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.1 crores
  11. Abhishek Nayar (India, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  12. Kane Richardson (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  13. Ben Cutting (Australia, bowler) Rs 80 lakhs
  14. Karun Nair (India, batsman) Rs 75 lakhs
  15. Iqbal Abdulla (India, all-rounder) Rs 65 lakhs
  16. Unmukt Chand (India, batsman) Rs 65 lakhs
  17. Deepak Hooda (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  18. Kevon Cooper (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 30 lakhs
  19. Dishant Yagnik (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  20. Vikramjeet Malik (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Pravin Tambe (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs - Right to match
  22. Ankush Bains (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Amit Mishra (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  24. Rahul Tewatia (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Royal Challengers Bangalore - Full squad after the auction

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 60 crores (all funds used up).
  • Funds for three retentions: Rs 29.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Yuvraj Singh (Rs 14 crores)
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 6
  • Bowlers: 11
  • All-rounders: 3
  • Wicketkeeper: 1
Here is RCB's full squad after the auction.
  1. Virat Kohli (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Chris Gayle (West Indies, batsman) Retained
  3. AB de Villiers (South Africa, batsman) Retained
  4. Yuvraj Singh (India, all-rounder) Rs 14 crores
  5. Mitchell Starc (Australia, left-arm paceman) Rs 5 crores
  6. Albie Morkel (South Africa, all-rounder) Rs 2.4 crores
  7. Varun Aaron (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  8. Ashok Dinda (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.5 crores
  9. Parthiv Patel (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 1.4 crores
  10. Muttaiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka, spinner) Rs 1 crores
  11. Ravi Rampaul (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 90 lakhs
  12. Nic Maddinson (Australia, batsman) Rs 50 lakhs
  13. Harshal Patel (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs - Right to match
  14. Vijay Zol (India, batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Abu Nechim Ahmed (India, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Shadab Jakati (India, left-arm spinner) Rs 20 lakhs
  17. Sachin Rana (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  18. Sandeep Warrier (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Yuzvendra Chahal (India, legspinner) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Tanmay Mishra (Kenya, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  21. Yogesh Takawale (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Kings XI Punjab - Full squad after the auction

Kings XI Punjab Squad for IPL 7
  • Team trength: 23.
  • Amount spent: Rs 55.9 crores (Rs 4.1 crores remaining).
  • Funds for two retentions: Rs 16.5 crores
  • Costliest player: Mitchell Johnson Rs 6.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 7
  • Batsmen: 8.
  • Bowlers: 8.
  • All-rounders: 6.
  • Wicketkeepers: 1
Here is Kings XI Punjab's full squad after the auction.
  1. David Miller (South Africa, batsman) Retained
  2. Manan Vohra (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Mitchell Johnson (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 6.5 crores
  4. Glenn Maxwell (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 6 crores
  5. George Bailey (Australia, batsman) Rs 3.25 crores
  6. Virender Sehwag (India, batsman) Rs 3.2 crores
  7. Rishi Dhawan (India, all-rounder) Rs 3 crores
  8. Wriddhiman Saha (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 2.2 crores
  9. Shaun Marsh (Australia, batsman) Rs 2.2 crores
  10. Cheteshwar Pujara (India, batsman) Rs 1.9 crores
  11. Laxmipathy Balaji (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.8 crores
  12. Beuran Hendricks (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 1.8 crores
  13. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka, all-rounder) Rs 1.6 crores
  14. Gurkeerat Singh (India, batsman) Rs 1.3 crores
  15. Murali Kartik (India, spinner) Rs 1 crore
  16. Sandeep Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 85 lakhs
  17. Mandeep Singh (India, batsman) Rs 80 lakhs - Right to match
  18. Akshar Patel (India, all-rounder) Rs 75 lakhs
  19. Parvinder Awana (India, fast bowler) Rs 65 lakhs - Right to match
  20. Shardul Thakur (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Anureet Singh (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  22. Shivam Sharma (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Karanveer Singh (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Kolkata Knight Riders - Full squad after the auction

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59 crores (Rs 1 crore remaining).
  • Funds for two retentions: Rs 22 crores
  • Costliest player: Jacques Kallis Rs 5.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 5.
  • Bowlers: 8.
  • All-rounders: 6.
  • Wicketkeepers: 2
Here is Kolkata Knight Riders full squad after the auction.
  1. Gautam Gambhir (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Sunil Narine (West Indies, spinner) Retained
  3. Jacques Kallis (South Africa, all-rounder) Rs 5.5 crores - Right to match
  4. Robin Uthappa (India, batsman) Rs 5 crores
  5. Piyush Chawla (India, spinner) Rs 4.25 crores
  6. Yusuf Pathan (India, all-rounder) Rs 3.25 crores - Right to match
  7. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh, all-rounder) Rs 2.8 crores
  8. R Vinay Kumar (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.8 crores
  9. Morne Morkel (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 2.8 crores
  10. Umesh Yadav (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  11. Manish Pandey (India, batsman) Rs 1.7 crores
  12. Chris Lynn (Australia, batsman) Rs 1.3 crores
  13. Pat Cummins (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  14. Ryan ten Doeschate (The Netherlands, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  15. Suryakumar Yadav (India, batsman) Rs 70 lakhs
  16. Andre Russell (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 60 lakhs
  17. Manvinder Bisla (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 60 lakhs
  18. Kuldeep Yadav (India, left-arm chinaman bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  19. Veer Pratap Singh (India, fast bowler) Rs 40 lakhs
  20. Debabrata Das (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Sayan Sekhar Mondal (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Sunrisers Hyderabad - Full squad after the auction

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad for IPL 7
  • Team strength: 24.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59 crores (Rs 1 cr remaining).
  • Amount for 2 retentions: Rs 22 crores
  • Costliest player: David Warner Rs 5.5 crores
  • Overseas players: 7
  • Batsmen: 8.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 4.
  • Wicketkeepers: 3
Here is Sunrisers Hyderabad's full squad after the auction.
  1. Shikhar Dhawan (India, batsman) Retained
  2. Dale Steyn (South Africa, fast bowler) Retained
  3. David Warner (Australia, batsman) Rs 5.5 crores
  4. Amit Mishra (India, spinner) Rs 4.75 crores
  5. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India, fast bowler) Rs 4.25 crores
  6. Aaron Finch (Australia, batsman) Rs 4 crores
  7. Karn Sharma (India, legspinner) Rs 3.75 crores
  8. Darren Sammy (West Indies, all-rounder) Rs 3.5 crores Right to match
  9. Ishant Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  10. Irfan Pathan (India, all-rounder) Rs 2.4 crores
  11. KL Rahul (India, batsman) Rs 1 crores
  12. Moises Henriques (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 1 crore
  13. Parvez Rasool (India, all-rounder) Rs 95 lakhs
  14. Jason Holder (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 75 lakhs
  15. Y Venugopal Rao (India, batsman) Rs 55 lakhs
  16. Naman Ojha (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 50 lakhs
  17. Prashanth Parameswaran (India, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  18. Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 30 lakhs
  19. Ashish Reddy (India, fast bowler) Rs 20 lakhs
  20. Amit Paunikar (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  21. Anirudha Srikkanth (India, batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  22. Chama Milind (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  23. Manprit Juneja (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  24. Ricky Bhui (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Chennai Super Kings - full squad after the auction

Chennai Super Kings Squad for IPL 7
  • Squad strength: 20.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59.8 crores (Rs 20 lakhs remaining).
  • Funds for five retentions: Rs 39 crores
  • Costliest player: Faf du Plessis Rs 4.75 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 5.
  • Bowlers: 9.
  • All-rounders: 4.
  • Wicketkeepers: 2
Here is CSK's full squad after the auction.
  1. MS Dhoni (India, captain, wicketkeeper/batsman) Retained
  2. Suresh Raina (India, batsman) Retained
  3. Ravindra Jadeja (India, all-rounder) Retained
  4. R Ashwin (India, spinner) Retained
  5. Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, all-rounder) Retained
  6. Faf du Plessis (South Africa, batsman) Rs 4.75 crores
  7. Dwayne Smith (West Indies, batsman) Rs 4.5 crores
  8. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 3.25 crores
  9. Mohit Sharma (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  10. Ashish Nehra (India, fast bowler) Rs 2 crores
  11. Ishwar Pandey (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.5 crores
  12. Ben Hilfenhaus (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 1 crore
  13. John Hastings (Australia, all-rounder) Rs 50 lakhs
  14. Matt Henry (New Zealand, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Samuel Badree (West Indies, spinner) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Mithun Manhas (India, all-rounder) Rs 30 lakhs
  17. Vijay Shankar (India, all-rounder) Rs 10 lakhs
  18. Baba Aparajith (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Ronit More (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Pawan Negi (India, spinner) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL7: Mumbai Indians - full squad after the auction

Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 7
  • Squad strength: 21.
  • Amount spent: Rs 59.95 crores (Rs 5 lakhs remaining).
  • Funds for five retentions: Rs 39 crores
  • Costliest player: Michael Hussey Rs 5 crores
  • Overseas players: 8
  • Batsmen: 4.
  • Bowlers: 10.
  • All-rounders: 3.
  • Wicketkeepers: 4
Here is Mumbai Indians's full squad after the auction.
  1. Rohit Sharma (India, captain, batsman) Retained
  2. Harbhajan Singh (India, spinner) Retained
  3. Ambati Rayudu (India, batsman) Retained
  4. Kieron Pollard (West Indies, all-rounder) Retained
  5. Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka, fast bowler) Retained
  6. Michael Hussey (Australia, batsman) Rs 5 crores
  7. Corey Anderson (New Zealand, all-rounder) Rs 4.5 crores
  8. Pragyan Ojha (India, spinner) Rs 3.25 crores
  9. Zaheer Khan (India, fast bowler) Rs 2.6 crores
  10. Aditya Tare (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 1.6 crores
  11. Jasprit Bumrah (India, fast bowler) Rs 1.2 crores
  12. Jalaj Saxena (India, all-rounder) Rs 90 lakhs
  13. Josh Hazlewood (Australia, fast bowler) Rs 50 lakhs
  14. Krishmar Santokie (West Indies, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  15. Marchant de Lange (South Africa, fast bowler) Rs 30 lakhs
  16. Ben Dunk (Australia, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  17. CM Gautam (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 20 lakhs
  18. Pawan Suyal (India, fast bowler) Rs 10 lakhs
  19. Apoorv Vijay Wankhede (India, batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  20. Sushant Marathe (India, wicketkeeper/batsman) Rs 10 lakhs
  21. Shreyas Gopal (India, legspinner) Rs 10 lakhs
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IPL 2014 Player Auction summary

The IPL 2014 Player Auction has concluded with a total of 154 players sold, including 50 overseas players. As many as 66 players will represent their last season's franchise (24 retained + 13 RTMs + 29 bought in auction).

Here is the full squad summary after the auction.

Team Funds Remaining Rights to Match Overseas Players Total Players
Chennai Super Kings
Delhi Daredevils
Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians
Rajasthan Royals
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sunrisers Hyderabad
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