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IPL Auction

The fixtures have yet to be announced, however the auction kicks off on the 6th of February, with 111 players up for auction. Each franchise has a maximum of US$2m to spend on their overseas signings in the auction, it is likely that only about 16 players – or two per franchise – will be chosen out of the 111. Kevin Pietersen has a base price of 1.35 million and the experts reckon he will be worth more than the 1.5 million paid for Dhoni.

Modi said the demand for England’s top stars would be high. “If you look at the base price it’s close to US$250,000 and US$350,000 a week for each week he [Pietersen] plays, which is comparable to the top soccer players around the world,” he told Setanta Sports News. “Andrew Flintoff has a minimum base price of US$950,000, but he’ll probably go for a higher figure. It’ll be quite competitive. All the teams can afford it. Everyone’s trying to get England’s top players in their team.”

List of players for second auction

Australia: Brad Haddin, Michael Clarke, Nathan Hauritz, Stuart Clark, Brad Hogg, Beau Casson, Mark Cameron, Peter Forrest, Lee Carseldine, Doug Bollinger, Michael Dighton, Jason Krejza, Nathan Reardon, Chris Hartley, Shaun Tait, Ashley Noffke, Bryce McGain, George Bailey, Travis Birt, Michael Hill, Chris Swan, Michael Klinger, Ben Edmondson, Aiden Blizzard, Mark Cosgrove, Adam Voges, Shane Harwood

England: Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Ravi Bopara, Monty Panesar, Robert Key, James Foster, Sajid Mahmood, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Darren Gough, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, James Anderson, Ed Joyce, Dominic Cork

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mehrab Hossain jnr, Rajin Saleh, Ziaur Rehman, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Raqibul Hasan, Nadif Chowdhury

New Zealand: Mark Gillespie, Tim Southee, Jesse Ryder, Jeetan Patel, Kyle Mills, Chris Martin, Jamie How, Peter Fulton, James Franklin

Pakistan: Asim Kamal, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Danish Kaneria, Yasir Arafat

South Africa: Gulam Bodi, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Ashwell Prince, JP Duminy, Martin van Jaarsveld, Roelof van der Merwe, Andre Nel, Neil McKenzie, Yusuf Abdullah, Paul Harris, Johan Botha, Morne van Wyk, Tyron Henderson

Sri Lanka: Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Mahela Udawatte, Dammika Prasad, Thilina Kandamby, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Jehan Mubarak, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Malinga Bandara, Malinda Warnapura, Michael Vandort, Prasanna Jayawardene, Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Jeevantha Kulatunga

West Indies: Sylvester Joseph, Darren Sammy, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, Kieran Powell, Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Smith, Kemar Roach

Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda

Players to watch in the Twenty20 Championships

Australia
Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist. Symonds can win matches in this format, he is a brutal hitter which can swing the game into Australia’s favour and is my key man for an Australia assault.

England

Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright. Luke has had a fantastic time in the English county season and has the ability to murder an attack. The legendary Kevin Pieterson will be looking to prove a point to his old country and should be their top run scorer. Prior also needs to fire at the top for them to post something remotely defendable with their limited bowling attack.

India

 Dhoni and Singh. India will hope Dhoni can blast the various attacks all over the place while Singh could enjoy this format of the game. India has a great all round side and are always a threat.

New Zealand

Bond and Styris: Bond can ruin the top order on his day and they have various batting options but performances from McCullum McMillan and Styris will be vital

Pakistan

No surprises in this line up who the star could be. Afridi has proven to the world many times that he can rip up an attack as well as perform admirably with the ball. A dark horse in this tournament and could easily end up victorious in the inaugural event.

South Africa

The Morkel brothers. SA has picked a side full of all rounders. Captain Smith is the leading Twenty 20 run scorer, De villiers is an incredible talent and Philander showed he is class in the emerging players tournament. However my pick for SA are the Morkels. Albie Morkel can be termed a forgotten man of SA cricket yet he is more lethal than Hall, with the bat and certainly no stranger to bowling at the death. A few years ago he starred for SA “A” against New Zealand “A” in SA. Morne Morkel is going to be vital to the SA bowling attack. With the best bowler SA has in the form of Dale Steyn sitting on the sidelines – SA need to ensure that if Pollock and Ntini get knocked around there is adequate support and Morkel is the key man here. If SA win one of the Morkels will have a huge part to play.

Sri Lanka

Sanath Jayasuriya and Malinga. Jayasuriya is as deadly as ever and Malinga can be the weapon in the bowling department with his unnatural bowling style. A team to watch as they can beat anyone on their day.

West Indies

Gayle and Smith: and co can chase down big totals but it will be up to the bowlers to try defend their scores. I don’t think they have the bowlers to offer much threat in this tournament.

India, Pakistan and England squads for Twenty20 Cup

The Indian Squad for the Twenty20 World Cup consists of: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Joginder Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Rohit Sharma

Dhoni was chosen as captain after Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have decided to not take part in the tournament. Irfan Pathan has made a return to the international scene, along with his brother Yusuf. Sreesanth has been picked for the Twenty20 Cup but dropped for the ODI series against England.

Pakistan have also announced their squad which consists of: Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Imran Nazir, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akthar, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Iftikhar Anjum, Fawad Alam, Abdur Rehman, Yasir Arafat, Misbah-ul-Haq

Englands squad consists of: Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Kirtley, Darren Maddy, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Chris Schofield, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jeremy Snape, Vikram Solanki, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright

Twenty20 Finals Day

On Saturday the twenty20 finals day were held. In the first semi-final Lancashire batted first against Gloucestershire and made 148 in their 20. In this form of cricket that is hardly ever good enough and Gloucestershire ambled home in just under 17 overs with Craig Spearman earning himself the man of the match award for smashing 86 in 55 balls. This innings included 5 sixes and 8 fours.

The second semi-final contest was slightly closer as Kent made hard work chasing down 141 set by Sussex. Murray Goodwin made the top score of 38 off 35 helping Sussex post 140. Ryan Mclaren managed to pick up 1-10 in 2 overs. On the batting side both Martin van Jaarsveld and Mclaren failed with each scoring 2 runs. However Kent were through to the final and there was still time for a South African to shine.

Kent decided to field first and chase down the Gloucestershire total, which would have been massive until the dreaded nelson came up. At 111-4 it seemed like the was little hope for Kent, but the curse struck and with it Ryan Mclaren removed the danger man Hamish Marshall for 65 off 49 balls. Not satisfied with sending the danger man to have a shower, he clean bowled their keeper the next ball, then trapped Fisher in front for the cherry on top and a HAT TRICK. This helped break the momentum Gloucestershire had and restricted them to 146.

Kent didn’t want the crowd to be bored by the game and managed to just scrape home with 3 balls left, after some controversy about the captain, Key’s dismissal. For obvious reasons Ryan Mclaren was made man of the match.

In every game, the side batting second won, and all the totals were under 150. It seems a game where it is much easier to chase than to set!!!

Khan I get a Blue Jelly Bean?

There are various forms of putting the batsman off, the most common is sledging. England it seems to be fairly competent in that department, however in the Second test against India at Trent Bridge they took the mind games to a new level. Zaheer Khan, who hasn’t even cracked the top 100 for test batting and averages 12 after 65 innings, certainly didn’t need any more odds against him.

Yet the English cricketers decided to raise their mind games to the extent that there is no other way to describe it other than disgusting against the spirit and tradition of the game . It is quite clear a batsman of his calibre is tested in a game of village cricket and certainly doesn’t need to be put off by jelly beans thrown on the pitch.  There is no doubt in my mind that jelly beans were thrown onto the pitch, on the third day. This opinion has been reinforced by Paul Collingwood jokingly telling the papers that “perhaps he prefers the blue ones to the pink ones.”

It will be absolute disgrace to the game if such a tactic remains unpunished. The Inernational Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that England won’t be punished unless one of the batsman complains to the match umpires. The ICC has indicated that the English haven’t broken any rules by this act. This is understandable, in fact quite commendable that the law makers of cricket never envisioned this sort of shenanigans happening. In fact there must be few sane and sober people in the world who could have predicted such an antic to be carried out.

This is some of the worst form of gamesmanship in recent times. There are far worse actions carried out by players in every test played, often with sides deliberately scuffling the pitch. However this was so blatant and deliberate the ICC needs to react to this tomfoolery. If this is let slip now what is there to stop another side from this behaviour?