Pakistan cricketers get nod to play IPL 2009

Cricketers in Pakistan will now be able to be part of the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL). With the Pakistan Sports Ministry making it clear that it is not averse to Pakistani cricketers taking part in the second edition of the IPL which gets underway in April. However, the ministry has reiterated that the players’ [...]

Kolkata Knight Riders upate: Shoaib Akhtar verdict delayed, Sourav Ganguly looks to Umar Gul

Chances of Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar miss Indian Premier League have increased as the final decision on his ban being delayed further. A tribunal in Pakistan is expected to hear his appeal against the five year ban soon. It is expected that tribunal hearing his appeal against the ban would not take up IPL [...]

Shoaib Akhtar’s IPL contract still stands; would play if ban is overturned, Modi says

According to Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council head Lalit Modi, Shoaib Akhtar‘s contract with the IPL is still valid. But Modi also said that Shoaib would be allowed to play in the IPL tournament only if Akhtar’s appeal is cleared by the Pakistan Appeallate Tribunal. Modi said, “His contract is still valid and has [...]

Shah Rukh Khan defends Shoaib Akhtar, wants him in IPL Kolkata

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Kolkata Knight Riders, has jumped into the defence of troubled cricket star Shoaib Akhtar, who has been banned for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board. IPL boss Lalit Modi has said till the PCB ban is lifted Shoaib cannot play in IPL. Shah Rukh Khan has said [...]

Latest: Shoaib Akhtar cannot play for Kolkata Knight Riders, PCB gets tough

Update: Shoaib Akhtar cannot play in IPL. Rediff reports: The IPL’s Governing Council Chairman Lalit Modi told reporters that Akhtar cannot take part in the high-profile Twenty20 competition till the Pakistan Cricket Board lifts the ban on him. Meanwhile, Shoaib Akhtar ifnds some support from Shah Rukh Khan: “We believe Shoaib should play. It is [...]

IPL matches’ timing a threat for international cricket schedule

Even as the cash-flooded Indian Premier League is about to start on April 18, 2008, the international cricket schedule faces big threat. With players from different parts of the world expected to participate in the two month cricket extravaganza, there are concerns that Australia’s West Indies tour, Bangladesh team’s Pakistan visit, New Zealand tour of [...]

Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan may skip Sri Lanka’s Pak tour for IPL

The cash-rich Indian Premier League is now throwing international schedules into disarray, with Sri Lanka’s ODI tour of Pakistan set to suffer as many Sri Lankan players are toying with the idea of skipping that to participate in DLF IPL Twenty20, which begins from April 18. The Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka itself was organized [...]

Pakistan coach Geff Lawson unhappy as Aussies cancel tour, but Australian players keen on IPL Twenty20 now

Pakistan coach Geff Lawson disappointed as Aussies call of tour, but Australian players gear up for DLF IPL. Former Australian fast bowler and Pakistan team coach Geff Lawson has said Cricket Australia’s decision not to tour Pakistan as scheduled this month was unfair. The Pakistan tour was called off in the aftermath of the twin [...]

14 cricketers auctioned in 2nd IPL auction, James Hopes tops list with $300,000 bid from Mohali IPL

Pakistan’s Misabah-ul-Haq goes to Bangalore Royal Challengers for $125,000 Fourteen players were auctioned in the second and final round of bidding for the DLF IPL Twenty20 tournament beginning on April 18, with Australian James Hopes bagging the highest bid of $300,000 from Mohali franchaise owned by Bollywood’s Preity Zinta and friend Ness Wadia. Dimitri Masceranhas [...]

Cricket Australia postpones Pakistan tour, players’ presence in IPL now certain

Cricket Australia has postponed the Pakistan tour scheduled for this month saying new dates would be fixed soon, boosting chances of a host of players to participate in the DLF IPL Twenty20 tournament. Cricket Australia and Pakistan Cricket Board chairmen will meet in Dubai later this month to discuss the new fixtures. There have been [...]