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Come next summer, and Delhiites will be cheering the Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at the Kotla.
By Arjun Sen | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2008 12:15 AM IST

Come next summer, and Delhiites will be cheering the Daredevils in the Indian Premier League at the Kotla.

GMR Holdings, the company that owns the Delhi franchise, on Tuesday unveiled the name and the team logo at a function. The name, as senior director of GMR, B Vanchi said, "received 67 per cent of the total votes polled in the SMS poll." The other proposed name was Delhi Mughals.

The Daredevils will play their first match against the team from Jaipur on April 19 at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

Sehwag as an icon
The BCCI's decision to elevate Virender Sehwag to iconic status would have undoubtedly come as a big relief for the Daredevils. At the press conference on Tuesday, BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla said they would like the Delhi dasher to lead the team if he was granted iconic status. Sehwag joins a four-man list, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid. These icons will not be up for auctioning on Wednesday and will play for their city teams.

Speaking about the issue of elevating Sehwag, BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla said on Tuesday: "I will certainly take up this matter with the IPL governing council in Mumbai and try my best to get Sehwag on board."

Catchment Areas
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will both fall under Delhi's catchment area for the tournament. The team, will therefore, include players from all three states.

Shipperd as coach
As first reported by Hindustan Times on Tuesday, Victoria coach Greg Shipperd has been appointed coach for the Daredevils and will take up duties before the tournament begins.

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