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Indian Premier League
Mukesh, Shah Rukh, Mallya win IPL bids
Jan 24, 2008Top industrialists and Bollywood stars rode the cricket bandwagon as the big-ticket sport achieved a new meaning with unprecedented money pouring into the game that will be seen in a new professional garb called the Indian Premier League.
The likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Mukesh Ambani, the reigning deities of India’s film and business world, led a rush of more than $718 million as bidding fees for the eight teams on offer. The Board of Control for Cricket in India holds complete rights to the newly-established league, the entry to which will cost each winning bidder 10 per cent of the money they offered at the auction in Mumbai today. Even as elder brother Mr Mukesh Ambani, India’s wealthiest man and chairman of Reliance Industries, the country’s biggest company, picked up the prized cherry ~ the Mumbai team ~ younger sibling and marathon enthusiast Mr Anil Ambani’s Reliance ADAG Group was among the three losers from the 11 companies that entered the fray to own the eight teams in the league.
Commonwealth Bank Series 2008
India ODI squad to be chosen on January 20
Jan 14, 2008The Indian squad for the one-day tri-series in Australia commencing on February 3 as well as for the one-off Twenty20 International against the hosts scheduled on February 1 will be picked in Mumbai on January 20.
"The squad is to be picked on January 20 in Mumbai," BCCI's chief Administrative Officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty said. The date conincides with the last day of the third India-Australia Test at Perth's WACA ground as well as the final day of the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede Stadium here between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Only three out of five selectors, including chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, would be physically present in Mumbai to pick the squad while two other members of the committee Venkatapathy Raju and Ranjib Biswal - would be in Australia and are expected to interact with their colleagues via a teleconference.
Meanwhile, BCCI's Joint Secretary Mahendra Pandove is also set to leave for Australia tomorrow for a two-week stay Down Under. Pandove is going there as a senior office bearer of the BCCI Shetty said. Pandove's visit to Australia assumes significance with the board trying to overturn a verdict of ICC Match Referee Mike Procter who has handed out a three-match ban to off spinner Harbhajan Singh for allegedly racially abusing Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test in Sydney. The BCCI has declared the ban as uncalled for, unjustified, patently illegal and totally unaccetable.
ICC, on its part, has appointed New Zealand High Court Judge Justice John Hansen to hear the appeal against the ban but has said that till pending the hearing and its decision Harbhajan is entitled to play in Tests.
Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds Racism Controversy
Bucknor removed, Bhajji to play 3rd Test
Jan 08, 2008ICC have taken a U-turn on their decision to retain umpire Steve Bucknor for the third and fourth tests to be played at Perth and Adelaide respectively. ICC chief Malcolm Speed has confirmed this. New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden would replace the disgraced West Indian umpire. This was the first demand by the BCCI, which has been fulfilled, but the issue of Harbhajan Singh's ban still remains to be addressed.
Since the ICC had received an appeal by Harbhajan Singh against his ban, it has technically made him eligible to play for the third Test match at Perth. An appeals commissioner would be appointed within the next 24 hours by the ICC to look into the case.Meanwhile the ICC has appointed Ranjan Madugalle to facilitate the meeting between captains Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting.
Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds Racism ControversyIndian Cricket Board statement (Press Release)
Jan 07, 2008"The Board of Control for Cricket in India has viewed the happenings during the second cricket Test between India and Australia in Sydney with great concern as some of these can have a far-reaching impact on international cricket.
Some of incidents are highly regrettable considering the warm and friendly relations between the Indian and Australian cricket boards. The incident involving Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds and the subsequent hearing by the ICC match referee and his conclusions are, to say the least, distressing.
The Indian board does not accept the findings of the match referee and has decided to challenge the unfair decision to suspend Harbhajan Singh as it deems it patently unfair. The board will appeal to the International Cricket Council to review the decision of the match referee and suspend its operation till the appeal is disposed of.
The Indian board realises the game of cricket is paramount but so too is the honour of the Indian team and for that matter every Indian. To vindicate its position, the board will fight the blatantly false and unfair slur on an Indian player.
The board also questions the very conduct of the hearing as the match referee, before reaching his decision disregarded the essential point of any inquiry, that it should be based on facts, rational, detached and objective. The board, in particular, is unhappy with the charge of racial slur against India's off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Here it may be mentioned that it is an avowed policy of the Indian government to fight racial discrimination at every level and the India board has been at the forefront to eradicate it from the game of cricket. For the Indian board anti-racial stance is an article of faith as it is for the entire nation which fought the apartheid policies. The board has always fought the racist sledging of players and spectators and it will continue to do so."
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And they said..January 2008
"Bollyline controversy", Australian media.Victory for cricket
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla on the removal of Bucknor. Jan 8 Let's worry about playing in the middle, performing well, and if you lose so be it
McGrath stands up for Bucknor and Australia. Jan 8 Bucknor has gone on too long
Harold 'Dickie' Bird Unfair allegation of racism against our Indian player is wholly unacceptable
BCCI president Sharad Pawar. Jan 7 We tried our best to defuse the situation but their collective behaviour through the game and then, the unwarranted racial slur on Harbhajan led to this
An Indian player. Jan 7 There's been no sledging
Andrew Symonds, who initiated the angry exchange, in Herald Sun. Jan 7 I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word at Andrew Symonds
Mike Procter, the match referee decides. Jan 6 Only one team was playing in the spirit of the game
Anil Kumble, post-match press conference. Jan 6, 7:30pm I think it's fair to say that there were a few mistakes made but I am not going comment anything more as it might get me in trouble
Ricky Ponting after his team's record-equalling 16th straight Test win. Jan 6, 6:45 pm Bastards
Brad Hogg, directed at Kumble and batting partner Mahendra Singh Dhoni, during the second test at Sydney