Friday, March 19, 2010

HITS of the Day : 5 bidders for 2 new IPL teams, results on Sunday

5 bidders for 2 new IPL teams, results on Sunday :

Two weeks after the tender process was cancelled due to poor response, the race to own two new IPL teams has well and truly heated up. Five bidders had lined up by 5pm on Friday, the cut-off time for submission of bids, to qualify for the auction which takes place on Sunday morning, top BCCI sources said. The sources said among the interested parties - who had submitted the pre-qualification demand draft of Rs 46 crore - were Videocon, Sahara India, the Adani Group and a Pune consortium of Cyrus Poonawala and Ajay Shirke. Some of these corporates may be participating through other holding companies.

The bids will be opened in Chennai on Sunday morning and by the afternoon, the winners will be announced, sources said. The new owners will join the IPL bandwagon in the 2011 season.

Modi offers 5000 passes for IPL semis, finals to MCA :

Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar said that IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has clarified the stand over the non-issue of passes for league matches to the MCA and offered 5,000 passes for semifinal and final of IPL THREE.

Malik to appeal against ban imposed on him by PCB :

Former captain Shoaib Malik has decided to appeal against the one-year ban and fine imposed on him by Pakistan Cricket Board which has accused him of faking an injury and creating disharmony in the team during the Australia tour.

Sources close to Malik said that the all-rounder was upset after receiving a two page chargesheet from the board which stated that the inquiry committee set up by the PCB had found him to be faking injury besides spreading disharmony in the dressing room during Australia tour in January-February.

Oz players cleared of racism charges against Indians :

An Australian club cricket team, accused of racially abusing players of Indian descent during a match, has been cleared of the charge even though two of its members were banned for sledging.

After a marathon hearing stretching over nine hours, the Geelong Cricket Association last night dismissed charges of racial abuse as "unsubstantiated".

The racial abuse complaint was made by Waurn Ponds' club against members of the Thomson club.

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