NEW DELHI: The all-important Governing Council meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to take place on Sunday. And all the eight franchises are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the meeting as they look to move into the final stages of preparations for the league to be played in the UAE this time round due to Covid-19 pandemic. While IPL chairman Brijesh Patel has already said that all minute details with regards to the conduct of the cash-rich league will be discussed in Sunday's meeting, franchises have told IANS that the four major areas of focus for them are confirmation of the tournament and schedule, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) with an eye on the coronavirus, confirmation of
CHRISTCHURCH: Setting aside initial concerns over travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner says he will take shelter in a corner of the airport lounge as he flies out into the Caribbean via mainland America. He is excited at the prospect of playing in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League and IPL after the long coronavirus-enforced break. The 28-year-old, who last played in an ODI series against Australia in March before the pandemic brought all sporting activities to a grinding halt, will turn up for Barbados Tridents when the CPL begins on August 18. "It's an interesting one. I'm going through America and I'll park up in the (airport) lounge in the corner somewhere. It's one of the
Imran Tahir. (Photo by Ashley Allen - CPL T20/Getty Images)CAPE TOWN (South Africa): No South African player apart from Imran Tahir will be taking part in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL), slated to begin from August 18 in Trinidad and Tobago. Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Rilee Rossouw, and Colin Ingram have been unable to confirm their travel arrangements in time and as a result, they would not be participating in the CPL, ESPNCricinfo reported. Tahir will be participating in the CPL as he has not been in South Africa through the lockdown. The spinner was in Pakistan where he was playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), and has been able to travel to the
KARACHI: South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir finally flew out of Pakistan after being stuck in the country since March due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The Pakistan-born South African bowler flew on Sunday directly to the West Indies where he will compete in the Caribbean Premier League. Tahir who had come to Pakistan to take part in the Pakistan Super League got stuck in Lahore when the government imposed travel restrictions soon after the suspension of the tournament due to the pandemic. "He belongs to Lahore so he remained here until the travel restrictions were lifted," a source close to the cricketer said.
MUMBAI: The coronavirus pandemic, it seems, is not preventing cricket boards around the world to announce their leagues. On a day when the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) organisers announced the dates of the next edition of their tournament, in far-off Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) unveiled their ambitious T20 project — the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. In a clear clash of dates with CPL, which is supposed to begin from August 18 and end on September 10, the first edition of the Lanka Premier League will be held from August 28 to September 20, and will involve 23 matches which will be played across four venues. It clearly means that the players participating in these leagues
WELLINGTON: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is eager to get out into the middle of a cricket field again in next month's Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and is hopeful he can return home to a full international programme. International cricket was shut down in March due to COVID-19 restrictions, with New Zealand's limited overs series against Australia abruptly postponed. The New Zealand team delayed winter tours to the Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland and West Indies due to the coronavirus outbreak and, like most of his team mates, Taylor has been training indoors to keep up his match fitness. "It has been a little bit strange over the last few months," Taylor told reporters at a New Zealand team camp in Mt.
File image of R Malolan (TOI Photo)CHENNAI: Former Tamil Nadu all-rounder R Malolan will be commencing a new innings as the assistant coach of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the upcoming season of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 tournament that will be held in Trinidad & Tobago from August 18 to September 10. “This is the first time I am getting to be in a coaching role and it is a great opportunity for me to learn. I have already interacted with the team members and our head coach Simon Helmot and we hope to have a good season,” said Malolan, who is also the head of scouting at Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite the uncertainty surrounding international flights,
DHAKA (Bangladesh): Bangladesh players Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah have announced that they have declined offers from Caribbean Premier League (CPL) teams. The Windies T20 tournament is slated to be played from August 18 in Trinidad and Tobago behind closed doors. "I was very close to signing with one of the teams but my family is my main concern, and they are also worried about me traveling during this time. I have played in the CPL previously and have always enjoyed my experience there," ESPNCricinfo quoted Mahmudullah as saying. On the other hand, Tamim has said that he opted out of the tournament because it will clash with the potential August restart of Bangladesh's domestic one-day tournament, the Dhaka Premier League.
(Photo credit: @CPL Twitter handle)PORT OF SPAIN: The entire Caribbean Premier League 2020 will be played in Trinidad and Tobago from August 18 to September 10 as the organisers got the approval from the local government. Though international cricket has already begun, CPL will be the first T20 league to take place after the COVID-19-forced break. Strict safety procedures will be in place for the tournament to minimise the risk of virus transmission to the local population and among those who will be travelling to Trinidad and Tobago from overseas. All teams and officials will be housed in one hotel and everyone will be subject to strict quarantine protocols for the first two weeks they are in the country. "Everyone
Pravin Tambe. (TOI Photo)MUMBAI: The decks are cleared for former Mumbai leg-spinner Pravin Tambe to become first Indian player to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after being picked up by the Trinbago Knight Riders in the players' draft on Monday. TOI has learnt that the 48-year-old will get a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the BCCI to play in the CPL since he has retired from first-class cricket. "He again wrote to us recently, saying that he has retired from first-class cricket. As per the BCCI rules, he's now free to play in overseas leagues," a top BCCI official told TOI on Tuesday. It obviously means that Tambe is now ineligible to play for the Kolkata Knight Riders
(TOI Photo)MUMBAI: Veteran Mumbai leg spinner Pravin Tambe has put his name for the Caribbean Premier League players' draft but BCCI is unlikely to give him permission unless the 48-year-old announces retirement from Indian domestic cricket. The BCCI had not allowed Tambe for the now postponed IPL edition for KKR as he flouted the rules appearing in the unsanctioned T10 league in Abu Dhabi. The BCCI rule states that any player who wants to play in domestic T20 leagues in other countries will get No Objection Certificate provided he announces retirement from all forms of domestic cricket including Indian Premier League. That was exactly what Yuvraj Singh did before he went to play in the Global T20 league in Canada.