Amid the rampant second Covid-19 wave in the country, England and Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler has said that India is going through difficult times and he also urged everyone to stay safe. "India is a special country going through a very difficult time. Thank you for welcoming me and my family like you always do. Please stay safe and look after yourselves," tweeted Buttler. SunRisers Hyderabad's Director of Cricket Tom Moody also urged everyone in India to stay safe and take all precautions to curb the spread of Covid-19. "To those who are suffering my heart is filled with love for you and your families, I pray for your safety and well-being. Please do what you can to stay at home and be safe. Thank you for your kind support and warm hospitality once again, until we meet again, take care," tweeted Moody. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday had confirmed that eight of the 11 English players who were playing in the 14th edition of the … [Read more...] about Buttler’s warm parting message for India
IMAGE: Image used for representational purposes. Photograph: Star Spors/Twitter Star India has backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to postpone the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL Governing Council (GC) and BCCI on Tuesday in an emergency meeting unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season, with immediate effect. Star India, the broadcasters of the showpiece event, thanked BCCI, IPL GC, and franchises for their support during the tournament. "Star India supports BCCI's decision to postpone IPL 2021. The health and safety of players, staff and everyone involved in the IPL are of paramount importance. We thank the BCCI, IPL Governing Council, players, franchisees and sponsors for their support," said Star India in an official statement. "We are also indebted to our employees, on-air talent, production and broadcast crews for trying their best to spread positivity by delivering the broadcast of IPL 2021 to … [Read more...] about Broadcaster supports BCCI’s suspension of IPL
IMAGE: Sunrisers Hyderabad sacked David Warner as captain on May 1 after SRH won just one of six games in IPL 2021. Photograph: BCCI/IPL Cricket fans were baffled over Sunrisers Hyderabad's decision to drop David Warner for the game against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday in Delhi. A day after getting sacked as SRH skipper, the Australian swashbuckler was seen carrying drinks for SRH players. South African fast bowler Dale Steyn feels IPL 2021 could be Warner's final season with SRH. It would have been alright to appoint Kane Williamson as captain and still give Warner a game, Steyn said. But the decision to drop Warner from the Royals game, Steyn felt was 'strange' given his track record in the IPL. 'It's strange that he isn't a part of the playing eleven,' Steyn added. 'It's understandable if they want to change ownership of captaincy for the next season, and keep Kane there. But David is still a phenomenal batter and I would still keep him in the eleven.' 'This … [Read more...] about Will Warner leave SRH?
We will find a way to send back foreign players, says IPL chairman Brijesh Patel. IMAGE: Aussie players Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques and Daniel Sams after an IPL match. CA is in contact with BCCI to ensure safe repatriation of Australian contingent, ANI has reported. Photograph: PTI IPL chairman Brijesh Patel on Tuesday said the BCCI will "find a way" to send the league's foreign recruits back to their respective countries after the event was suspended indefinitely due to a COVID-19 outbreak in its bio-bubble. The suspension of the tournament was announced after SunRisers Hyderabad's wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for COVID-19 along with Delhi Capitals' veteran spinner Amit Mishra. "We need to send them home and we will find a way to do that," Brijesh told PTI when asked how will the foreigners return home but did not elaborate beyond that. The foreigners involved in the lucrative league are concerned about returning to their … [Read more...] about How will IPL’s foreign players return home?
'They do want to see the tournament finished, but they also clearly want to come home at the end, and that's where the concern comes, because there's just not a definitive plan on how that's going to happen at the moment.' IMAGE: Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner with Steve Smith of Delhi Capitals during their IPL match in Chennai on April 25, 2021. Photograph: BCCI The majority of the Australian cricketers currently in the IPL want to fulfil their commitments with their respective franchises even after the tournament's bio-bubble was breached with two players testing positive for COVID-19, the head of the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) said on Tuesday. Kolkata Knight Riders' Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. The match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday has also been postponed after CSK bowling … [Read more...] about ‘Australian cricketers still want to fulfil their IPL commitments’