IPL Teams – Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings is the Chennai franchise for the Indian Premier League. The team will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the highest-paid IPL Player, and coached by Kepler Wessels. There is no Icon Player for the team.

Chennai Super Kings are a part of the eight club Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by India Cements, who paid $91 million to acquire the rights of the franchise for the next 10 years. Former India test player Kris Srikkanth is the brand ambassador for the franchise, and another former Indian opener V. B. Chandrasekhar will be the chief selector. The brand ambasssadors for the team will be South Indian actor, Vijay and actress, Nayantara.

The M.A.Chidambaram stadium (often referred to as Chepauk, the place where the stadium is located) will be the home ground of the IPL team. The theme song of Chennai Super Kings, penned by Vairamuthu, is presently being composed by G V Prakash Kumar.

The name “Super Kings” is to honor the rulers of the golden era of Tamil culture, the team logo has a Lion to reflect the King of the Jungle. In addition the word “Super” is colloquially used in the state of Tamil Nadu to reflect all things thrilling and exciting and is a word of the lips of almost every one in Tamil Nadu. Incidentally the Chennai team playing in the ICL (the rebel league) is named as “Chennai Superstars”.
Players

Chennai Super Kings are one of the three franchises with no icon player. The lack of an icon player benefited the Super Kings during the bidding as they managed to bid successfully on two (Dhoni & Muralitharan) of the six A listed players.

The team plans to have twenty three players on its roster. Besides the list of players already acquired, the team will pick the remaining members from the three catchment areas – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Railways – that have been allocated to it.
Name – Age – Country – Position

Batsmen
Matthew Hayden – 36 – Australia – Left-handed Batsman
Stephen Fleming – 35 – New Zealand – Left-handed Batsman
Suresh Raina – 21 – India – Left-handed Batsman
Michael Hussey – 32 – Australia – Left-handed Batsman
Anirudha Srikkanth – 21 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Subramaniam Badrinath – 28 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Napoleon Einstein – 18 – India – Right-handed Batsman

Wicketkeepers
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain) – 26 – India – Right-handed Wicket keeper
Parthiv Patel – 22 – India – Left-handed Wicket keeper

All Rounders
Jacob Oram – 28 – New Zealand – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm medium-fast
Albie Morkel – 28 – South Africa – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm fast-medium
Shadab Jakati – 27 – India – Slow left-arm orthodox spin
Abhinav Mukund – 18 – India – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm leg-break
Viraj Kadbe – 18 – India – Right-arm leg-break

Bowlers
Muttiah Muralitharan – 35 – Sri Lanka – Right-arm off-break
Joginder Sharma – 24 – India – Right-arm fast-medium
Makhaya Ntini – 30 – South Africa – Right-arm fast
R. Ashwin – 21 – India – Right-arm off-break
Sudeep Tyagi – 20 – India – Right-arm fast-medium
Lakshmipathy Balaji – 26 – India – Right-arm fast-medium

Administration and Coaching Staff
Owner – India Cement Ltd.
CEO – TBA
Ambassador – Kris Srikkanth, film stars Joseph Vijay and Nayantara
Chief Selector – V. B. Chandrasekhar

Coaches:
Head Coach – Kepler Wessels
Assistant Coach – TBA
Physiotherapist – Tommy Simsek
Physical Trainer – Gregory King

IPL Teams – Bangalore Royal Challengers

Bangalore Royal Challengers is the team that is going to represent the city of Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, the inaugural Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held in India. The team is owned by the liquor magnate Vijay Mallya, the chairman of UB Group. Charu Sharma is the CEO of the team and Rahul Dravid, the captain of the team is the Icon Player. Martin Crowe, the former New Zealand captain, has also been signed as a member of the management team. Venkatesh Prasad, the former Indian fast bowler and the present bowling coach of India has been declared the coach for the team.

Bangalore team was won by Vijay Mallya, who paid US$111.6 million for it. This was the second highest bid for a team in the IPL, next only to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries’ bid of $111.9 million for the Mumbai team.

Indian actresses Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif were signed as the brand ambassadors of the franchise.

Vijay Mallya wanted to associate one of his top-selling liquor brands, either ‘No. 1 McDowell’s’ or ‘Royal Challenge’ with the team. Ultimately, ‘Royal Challenge’ was chosen, and hence the team was given the name ‘Bangalore Royal Challengers’. The jersey colours of the team are red and golden yellow, and the logo consists of the RC emblem with ‘Bangalore Royal Challengers’ in standard format.

Players

The players in the team (except for Rahul Dravid, who was the Icon Player), were selected in an auction conducted by BCCI on 20 February 2008. South Africa’s Jacques Kallis at $900,000 became the costliest player to be selected to play for the Royal Challengers. This meant that Rahul Dravid, being the Icon Player would be paid $1,035,000 (15% more than the highest bid player in the team). Other players selected included the Indian Test cricket captain Anil Kumble along with his team-mates Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan, West Indian Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Aussies Nathan Bracken and Cameron White, South Africa’s Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper) and Dale Steyn.
Name – Age – Country – Position

Batsmen
Rahul Dravid (Captain/Icon Player) – 35 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 33 – West Indies – Left-handed Batsman
Wasim Jaffer – 30 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Misbah-ul-Haq – 33 – Pakistan – Right-handed Batsman
Ross Taylor – 24 – New Zealand – Right-handed Batsman
Arun Kumar J. – 33 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Appanna K. P. – 19 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Bharat Chipli – 25 – India – Right-handed Batsman

Wicket Keepers
Mark Boucher – 31 – South Africa – Right-handed Batsman / Wicket keeper
Shreevats Goswami – 18 – India – Left-hand Batsman / Wicket keeper
Devraj Patil – 23 – India – Right-handed Batsman / Wicket keeper

Allrounders
Jacques Kallis – 32 – South Africa – Right-arm fast-medium
Cameron White – 24 – Australia – Right-handed Leg-break googly
Sunil Joshi – 37 – India – Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox spin
Akhil B. – 30 – India – Right-arm medium-fast
Virat Kohli – 19 – India – Right-arm medium

Bowlers
Anil Kumble – 37 – India – Right-arm leg-break googly
Zaheer Khan – 29 – India – Left-arm medium-fast
Nathan Bracken – 30 – Australia – Left-arm fast-medium
Dale Steyn – 24 – South Africa – Right-arm fast
Praveen Kumar – 21 – India – Right-arm medium-fast
Abdur Razzak – 25 – Bangladesh – Slow left-arm orthodox
Vinay Kumar R. – 24 – India – Right-arm medium-fast

Administration and coaching staff

Front Office:
Owner- Vijay Mallya
CEO – Charu Sharma
Adviser – Martin Crowe

Coaches:
Head Coach – Venkatesh Prasad
Assistant Head Coach – TBA
Physiotherapist – TBA

IPL Teams – Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians will be representative of the city of Mumbai in the Indian Premier League. The team will be led by Sachin Tendulkar, also the Icon Player for the team and coached by Lalchand Rajput, the former Manager of the Indian Cricket Team.

Reliance Industries Limited through its subsidiary Reliance Retail Ltd purchased the rights for the Mumbai franchise of Indian Premier league for a total of $111.9 million during the auction on January 24, 2008. The RIL bid has made the Mumbai Indians the most expensive franchise in IPL.

The team logo has the Sudarshan Chakra with the team’s name engraved in it. The team’s colour will be blue. The choice of the name “Indians” for a regional competition is widely regarded as a blunder.

The mascot is still unknown.
Players

Sachin Tendulkar is the designated icon player and also captain for Mumbai Indians. During the player auction Mumbai Indians successfully bid for 7 players, including two of the heroes of Indian Twenty-20 world cup side in Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa. Sanath Jayasuriya was also another prized catch, along with South African legend Shaun Pollock. The team also added the Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga.

Outside of the player auction, the franchise has also signed up Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar (from Mumbai), Yogesh Takawale (from Maharashtra) and Pinal Shah (from Baroda)
Name – Age – Country – Position

Batsmen
Sachin Tendulkar (Captain) – 35 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Robin Uthappa – 22 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Loots Botsman – 30 – South Africa – Right-handed Batsman
Ashley Prince – 30 – South Africa – Left-handed Batsman
Manish Pandey – 18 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Saurabh Tiwari – 18 – India – Left-handed Batsman

Wicket Keepers
Yogesh Takawale – 23 – India – Right-handed Batsman – Wicket keeper
Pinal Shah – 20 – India – Right-handed Batsman – Wicket keeper

All Rounders
Sanath Jayasuriya – 37 – Sri Lanka – Slow left-arm orthodox spin
Shaun Pollock – 35 – South Africa – Right-arm medium-fast
Ajinkya Rahane – 19 – India – Right-arm medium

Bowlers
Harbhajan Singh – 27 – India – Right-arm off-break
Lasith Malinga – 24 – Sri Lanka – Right-arm fast
Dilhara Fernando – 29 – Sri Lanka – Right-arm fast-medium
Abhishek Nayar – 24 – India – Right-arm medium-fast
Ashish Nehra – 28 – India – Left-arm fast-medium

Administration and Coaching staffFront Office:

Owner – Reliance Industries Limited
CEO – R Balachandran
President – Mukesh Ambani

Coaches:
Head Coach – Lalchand Rajput
Assistant Head Coach – TBA
Physiotherapist – TBA

IPL Schedule

IPL’s complete schedule:
April 18: Bangalore v Kolkata at Bangalore
April 19: Mohali v Chennai at Mohali and Delhi v Jaipur at Delhi
April 20: Mumbai v Bangalore at Mumbai; Kolkata v Hyderabad at Kolkata
April 21: Jaipur v Mohali at Jaipur
April 22: Hyderabad v Delhi at Hyderabad
April 23: Chennai v Mumbai at Chennai
April 24: Hyderabad v Jaipur at Hyderabad
April 25: Mohali v Mumbai at Mohali
April 26: Bangalore v Jaipur at Bangalore; Chennai v Kolkata at Chennai
April 27: Mumbai v Hyderabad at Mumbai; Mohali v Delhi at Mohali
April 28: Bangalore v Chennai at Bangalore
April 29: Kolkata v Mumbai at Kolkata
April 30: Delhi v Bangalore at Delhi.
May 1: Hyderabad v Mohali at Hyderabad; Jaipur v Kolkata at Jaipur
May 2: Chennai v Delhi at Chennai.
May 3: Hyderabad at Bangalore at Hyderabad; Mohali v Kolkata at Mohali
May 4: Mumbai v Delhi at Mumbai; Jaipur v Chennai at Jaipur
May 5: Bangalore v Mohali at Bangalore
May 6: Chennai v Hyderabad at Chennai
May 7: Mumbai v Jaipur at Mumbai
May 8: Delhi v Chennai at Delhi; Kolkata v Bangalore at Kolkata
May 9: Jaipur v Hyderabad at Jaipur
May 10: Bangalore v Mumbai at Bangalore; Chennai v Mohali at Chennai
May 11: Hyderabad v Kolkata at Hyderabad; Jaipur v Delhi at Jaipur
May 12: Mohali v Bangalore at Mohali
May 13: Kolkata v Delhi at Kolkata
May 14: Mumbai v Chennai at Mumbai; Mohali v Jaipur at Mohali
May 15: Delhi v Hyderabad at Delhi
May 16: Mumbai v Kolkata at Mumbai
May 17: Delhi v Mohali at Delhi; Jaipur v Bangalore at Jaipur
May 18: Hyderabad v Mumbai at Hyderabad; Kolkata v Chenna at Kolkata
May 19: Bangalore v Delhi at Bangalore
May 20: Kolkata v Jaipur at Kolkata
May 21: Mumbai v Mohali at Mumbai; Chennai v Bangalore at Chennai
May 22: Delhi v Kolkata at Delhi
May 23: Mohali v Hyderabad at Mohali.
May 24: Delhi v Mumbai at Delhi; Chennai v Jaipur at Chennai
May 25: Bangalore v Hyderabad at Bangalore; Kolkata v Mohali at Kolkata
May 26: Jaipur v Mumbai at Jaipur
May 27: Hyderabad v Chennai at Hyderabad
May 28 and 29: Rest days
May 30: First semi-final at Mumbai
May 31: Second semi-final at Mumbai
June 1: Final at Mumbai

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Posted on April 16, 2008 by beijingolympic2008

French entrepreneur: “Those disturbing Olympic torch relay should come to see the real China”

When the western media gave an exaggerated account of the disturbance against Beijing Olympic torch relay by “pro-Tibet independence” separatists last week, French enterpriser Jorge Mora said he was “very very disappointed” when he saw these reports.

Mora told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that the disturbance of Olympic torch relay made not only himself but also most of French people disappointed, because most of the French people expect “the Beijing Olympic Games to succeed”.

“Most of those people don’t understand China, and most of them never put a foot in Tibet, and they even don’t have any idea of what they are talking about,” said Mora, CEO of the Asia section of the France-based Veolia Environment, a global leading environmental services provider.

Having worked in China for 15 years, Mora said it’s hard to explain why he enjoys the life so much in Beijing, but he believed what he saw in China was quite different from the description of some western media.

Though some media attacked China’s human rights situation, Mora said there is no country in the world with a perfect human rights record, and China indeed has made great improvement in this regard.

“China is changing every day. Since I came here in 1994, the country has been keeping improving for the best,” said Mora, adding that the progress that China has made in the past decades amazed him, where more and more people are getting better-quality lives, even for those living in rural areas.

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World politicians Express Support for Beijing Olympics

Posted on April 15, 2008 by beijingolympic2008

A number of world politicians have recently expressed their support for the Beijing Olympic Games.

South Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-soo said Monday that he hopes the upcoming torch relay in Seoul would be an opportunity to promote the spirit of the Olympic Games.

South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young said Friday that his country’s government fully supports the ongoing Olympic torch relay and is making all efforts to ensure the relay in Seoul a success.

Jigjee Sereejav, press officer of Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Monday that he believes the Beijing Olympic Games will be held successfully and will be the best opportunity for Mongolian athletes to win their first Olympic gold medal.

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IOC confident of Beijing Olympic Security

Posted on April 11, 2008 by beijingolympic2008

IOC confident of Beijing Olympic security despite terror threat

The International Olympic Committee has expressed confidence in China’s security planning for the Beijing Games after police here said they had uncovered terrorist plots targeting the Games.

“It goes without saying that … our trust in the Chinese authorities to make sure the Games are secure are humanely possible is 100 percent,” said IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies late on Thursday.

“Security is always a top priority for the IOC and we trust very much that the Chinese authorities will handle that with the right approach.”

She was speaking after Chinese police announced Thursday they had uncovered two terrorist plots including a plan to kidnap athletes, journalists and tourists expected to attend the August 8-24 Games in Beijing.

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Australian PM Rejects Beijing Olympics Boycott

Posted on April 9, 2008 by beijingolympic2008

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said here Wednesday he opposed a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games and suggested building “continuing, profound and sincere friendship” with China.

In his speech delivered in fluent Chinese at the Peking University, Rudd said he disagreed with those who had called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, saying the event was “important for China’s continuing engagement with the world”.

Rudd said Australia wanted to be a true friend with China, “a partner who sees beyond immediate benefit to the broader and firm basis for continuing, profound and sincere friendship”.

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Stocks higher after Bernanke testimony

NEW YORK – Wall Street turned higher Thursday as investors looked past reports showing a flagging economy and focused on the possibility that the worst of the financial crisis has passed. ADVERTISEMENT

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday in testimony to Congress the Fed expects to recover most, if not all, the $29 billion worth of loans it made to keep the struggling Bear Stearns Cos. from collapse. The Fed chief’s remarks, in which he defended the central bank’s decision to aid JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s buy of Bear Stearns, were calming to investors hoping that demand is returning to the tight credit markets.

Even in the face of poor economic data, the stock market has been performing well. Early in the day, stocks dipped after the Labor Department reported a spike in jobless claims to a level not seen since September 2005. But the initial losses were very mild — particularly given the huge advance Wall Street logged Tuesday and has mostly maintained, and the fact that economists expect the government on Friday to report jobs losses for March.

“I think that the desire to sell is coming off,” said Thomas J. Lee, equities analyst at JPMorgan. The fact that the market has not been shaken by recent disappointing economic data “tells me that the recession is largely discounted.”

In addition to Bernanke’s testimony, investors got a bit of relief from the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM said Thursday the services sector contracted only slightly in March — a stronger performance than in February, and a better reading than many economists predicted.

By mid-afternoon, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 26.14, or 0.21 percent, at 12,631.97.

Broader stock indicators also recovered from earlier dips. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 2.43, or 0.18 percent, to 1,369.96, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 1.08, or 0.05 percent, to 2,362.48.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq was weaker than the other indexes, as shares of Cisco Systems Inc. declined on an analyst downgrade. The analyst cited softening demand, and said the networking equipment maker will have to buy other companies to reach its growth target. Cisco fell 68 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $24.28.

The Dow, which shot up nearly 400 points on Tuesday and is up more than 7 percent since March 10, when it hit its lowest point since October 2006.

“I think we’re going to have a big test coming up,” Lee said. “Are U.S. stocks poised for another downturn, or are U.S. stocks telling us the worst is behind us?”

With a broad swath of corporate earnings reports set to arrive in the coming weeks, investors appear optimistic. In recent weeks, the market has been largely willing to overlook weak economic data — as long as they are not wildly worse than expectations — and assuaged by signs that the credit markets are improving.

“You’re going to continue to see weak economic data. That doesn’t mean stocks are going to come down,” said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist for PNC Wealth Management. “We definitely suffered ahead.”

Government bonds were slightly higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, was at 3.58 percent, down from 3.60 percent late Wednesday.

Crude oil fell $1.02 to $103.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after a surge a day earlier on the prospect of climbing demand for gasoline.

The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold rebounded back above $900 an ounce.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 1.36, or 0.19 percent, to 713.63.

Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by about 9 to 7 on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 811.9 million shares.

In corporate news, Schering-Plough Corp. announced late Wednesday it plans to cut jobs to offset continued sales declines of its cholesterol drug Vytorin. Schering-Plough shares soared $1.39, or 10 percent, to $15.25; they had fallen sharply earlier in the week after news that medical researchers were recommending against use of the drug.

In overseas trading, Tokyo’s Nikkei index closed 1.52 percent higher, while London’s FTSE fell 0.42 percent, Frankfurt’s DAX lost 0.53 percent and Paris’ CAC 40 slid 0.49 percent.