Rajasthan Royals Win First IPL Trophy.

Rajasthan Royals have created history. The team with few stars won the IPL League title.

The Rajasthan Royals won a last ball thriller to emerge champions of the inaugural DLF Indian Premier League by three wickets at Mumbai today.

Sohail Tanveer scored one run of the final ball to bring victory to Rajasthan Royals. It was a relief to see the best team in the league stage lift the trophy.

Earlier winning the toss, Shane Warne elected to field. This was a smart choice because they won eight of nine league games chasing the total. Super Kings batted well until the 15th over and had a tough time scoring in the last five hours. This was due to some excellent bowling by Tanveer and Shane Watson.

Batting second, Royals lost three wickets for 40 runs. Yusuf Pathan and Shane Watson put a decent partnership to bring Royals close to the win. Yusuf was lucky to survive two dropped catches and made a much-needed 50 runs. Shane Watson was out attempting a shot of Murali.

Finally, Shane Warne and Tanveer put a partnership towards the end to bring victory to Royals.

Rajasthan are now the champions of this ground-breaking tournament, and deservedly so as they have been the best team on view throughout the IPL. It has been a great journey for all those involved in this concept, and India can boast of hosting one of the best tournaments in world cricket today.

For picking up three wickets and scoring 56 runs, Yusuf Pathan was adjudged the Man of the Match trophy while his team-mate Shane Watson collected the Man of the Series award for scoring 472 runs to go with his 17 wickets.

Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League, created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, is a Twenty20 cricket competition.

The league is scheduled to start in April 2008 and will last for 44 days, involving 59 matches. The prize money for the league will be around Rs 13 crore (US $3million).

Each team will have a pool of 16 players, with a maximum of eight foreign players and a minimum of four under-22 players. Additionally, at least four players must be from the catchment area where the team is based.

The governing council consists of Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi, Sunil Gavaskar, MAK Pataudi and Ravi Shastri, Rajiv Shukla, Chirayu Amin, Inderjit Singh Bindra and Arun Jaitley.

Although it is going to be a franchise system, some foreign players have already been contracted by the BCCI to play in the IPL.

Each team will play the other 7 teams home and away, the top four teams at the end of the group stages will proceed through to the semi finals.

Indian real estate developer DLF Universal secured exclusive rights to the Indian Premier League title sponsorship worth INR 200 crore (over US$50 million) for five years.

Sports broadcaster Sony Max and sports rights company World Sport Group have jointly paid US$1.026bn for the rights to the Indian Premeir League (IPL) cricket championship.

The deal gives the partnership shared rights to the series for 10 years, and brings with it a change of direction for Sony Max parent Sony Entertainment Television (SET), which previously backed the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

The magnitude of the Indian Premier League was confirmed when the winning bidders for the eight franchises were announced on January 24, 2008. While the total base price for auction was US$400 million, the auction fetched US$723.59 million. The official list of franchise owners announced and the winning bids were as follows.

Franchise Owner(s) Price (USD)
Bangalore
Royal Challengers
Dr. Vijay Mallya / UB group $111.6 million
Chennai
Super Kings
India Cements / N Srinivasan $91 million
Delhi
DareDevils
GMR Holdings $84 million
Hyderabad Deccan Chronicle $107 million
Jaipur Emerging Media (Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram) $67 million
Kolkata Shah Rukh Khan,Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jay Mehta $75.09 million
Mohali Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia , Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur) $76 million
Mumbai Mukesh Ambani/ Reliance Industries Limited $111.9 million

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ICL vs IPL: Clash of cricket titans

(Originally Published on  www.premierleaguecricket.in)

 

The jury is still out on whether the ICL can survive the competition, but as of now the Boses at the Essel owned Zee group are going all out to sell the ICL product.

The Essel Group’s Indian Cricket League or the ICL flaunting its big names — Brian Lara, Chris Cairns, Marvan Atapattu and Inzamam-ul-Haq are in India gearing up for the kick off on Friday the 30th of November.

Lara’s delayed arrival had raised speculation that he may be pulling out.

But the former West Indian captain says he always intended to keep his commitment even though this league is totally unofficial and does not have the backing of the ICC.

“The ICC is trying to encourage new countries like China and America to play cricket. I am disappointed it is not supporting a league where so many international stars are participating,” said Brian Lara.

The main difference between the ICL and the soon to be launched IPL or Indian Premier League is clearly the star power.

The IPL has already signed on 50 of the top current players in the world. But most cricketers believe that there will still be a place for the ICL.

It is a safe haven for recently retired players and those who are on the fringes of domestic cricket in India.

“Cricketers have been brave to defy their national boards in seeking this opportunity to play in the ICL,” said Chris Cairns.

However, the biggest difference between the official IPL and the unofficial ICL is sponsorship.

While the IPL hopes to raise a 1000 crores from TV rights, the Essel group backed ICL still does not have any sponsors. It has only got partners for drinks, uniforms and travel. But maybe that is to be expected for a new venture.

“Essel group has truckloads of money,” said Navjot Sidhu, NDTV’s cricket expert.

So, the ICL is the definite underdog, but they have promised slick coverage, great action and more importantly a platform for players to earn more money.

N.B.: I liked the ICL. It’s format is good and interesting. I really enjoyed the matches. But I hope next time I will see some Bangladeshi players playing in the ICL too. I hope BCCI will soon withdraw the banning from the ICL.