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HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

Cricket

Rohit Sharma’s captaincy to be in focus more than last year

How Mumbai Indians turned up this season will provide a fresh opportunity to judge Rohit’s captaincy. But Malinga, Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan, Ojha, Pollard and Anderson will surely allow him to remain his languid self. KKR look to rule the middle kingdom

Srinivasan asks SC to reconsider its interim order sidelining him

The court in its interim order on March 28 had replaced Srinivasan with former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as far as IPL-7 was concerned, and delegated other responsibilities to BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav.

Knight Riders look to rule the middle kingdom

Having off-loaded almost the entire team except captain Gambhir and Sunil Narine, KKR had to start afresh. As the team could not shake off middle-order woes in the last few seasons, it has prompted changes in the middle order.

Anti-corruption officials meet captains, coaches ahead of IPL-7

With barely 24 hours for the IPL 7 to kick off, the league administrators held a meeting with all captains and coaches in Abu Dhabi before a gala dinner to sensitise the teams about corruption in the game.

BCCI units might be richer by Rs. 15 crore after ICC revamp

The affiliated units of the BCCI might have a reason to rejoice in the coming months as the ICC's revamp in the revenue distribution structure will mean an additional cash bonanza to the tune of Rs. 15 crore for them to develop the game.

India full of brilliant fielders now: Rhodes

There was a time when he felt that Indians were just not comfortable diving to stop a ball but Jonty Rhodes says the current Team India is full off "brilliant" fielders who have taken their standard to a new level.

Keeping Indian coaches out in IPL leaves Venky fuming

"It’s disappointing in a way. Every franchise needs to look at the role of Indian coaches as part of the team management," lamented Prasad, who has not been given a coaching role with any franchise despite being a part of the IPL in all the previous six seasons.

IPL-7: Too foreign in own league

In IPL 7 that gears up to start on Wednesday, seven of the eight franchisees have foreign head coaches. Sanjay Bangar, at the helm of Kings XI Punjab, is the odd man out. Indian coaches are also rare in supporting roles.

Home base gone, RR enter new IPL season with uncertainty

If reports doing the rounds in Rajasthan cricket circles are to be believed, then Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium might have seen the last of the IPL games. That’s one of the biggest fears as the future of Rajasthan Royals hangs in balance.

Despite all noise, IPL remains a case of old wine in new bottle

With the latest edition upon us, how much can the BCCI do in keeping IPL corruption free? There is yet to be an announcement on the clamping down of after-match parties, which were on in full force last year, albeit unofficially.

IPL going strong but will be under lot of scrutiny

It doesn’t get more ironic than this — the Indian Premier League starts the same day when the main hearing on the previous year’s scandals commences at the Supreme Court.

Onus is on Sunil Gavaskar to redeem himself

Since for most cricket lovers today, God is not in his heaven so all is not well with their world, it is difficult to create optimism out of a cesspool which is stinking to its core. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Tendulkar, Ganguly foray into football, win ISL bids

Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were among the host of high-profile winning bidders as the organises of the much-anticipated Indian Super League today unveiled the eight franchises for the event that is set to take Indian football by storm.

Enter Sachin Tendulkar, the Kochi football team owner

India's cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who on Sunday became a joint owner of a new football team from Kochi, feels that the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) will be a great platform for young Indian footballers.

Bridging the gulf between hope and scepticism

IPL’s second foreign stint will not exactly be a celebration. The scepticism surrounding the credibility of the venue means the blue-riband event will have to pass a test. The Middle East will pose a challenge to both cricket and IPL’s image.
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