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AB de Villiers signs up for CPL with Barbados Tridents

AB de Villiers has signed to play for Barbados Tridents in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League. The South African Test and ODI captain will not miss any Protea matches and remains committed to representing South Africa in all forms of the game.

De Villiers said: “Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am honoured to have been invited to join the Tridents. The CPL has been growing each year, and I’m pleased that this year the league fits so neatly within the Proteas’ international schedule.

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Rising Pune Supergiants add two more stars ahead of IPL 2016

Rising Pune Supergiants has acquired the services of Delhi Daredevils’ batsman Saurabh Tiwary and all-rounder Albie Morkel for Indian Premier League 2016.

IPL Chairman, Mr. Rajeev Shukla, said: “The Rising Pune Supergiants have added more firepower to their batting line up by acquiring the services of all-rounder Albie Morkel and specialist batsman Saurabh Tiwary. Both players who represented the Delhi Daredevils in the previous edition, will now play for the Pune franchise."

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IPL Auction 2016: Watson, Negi and Yuvraj attract exciting bids

The dissolution of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals meant there was genuine interest in the 2016 IPL Auction with the Rising Pune Super Giants and the Gujarat Lions having to build their teams virtually from scratch. That meant that a substantial number of Indian players who went under the hammer today were the subject of genuine buying interest, with Pawan Negi, called up to the Indian national team for the World T20 earlier this week, the beneficiary of an Rs. 8.5 crore IPL contract with the Delhi Daredevils, who had also junked a number of their marquee players in the summer.

Negi though wasn't the most expensive player in today's auction with that honour belonging to Shane Watson, with the veteran Australian allrounder fetching a price of Rs.9.5 crore to the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who with his capture look like a terrific prospect to challenge for the title this season. Bangalore further boosted their squad with the signing of Stuart Binny and Travis Head for Rs. 2 crore and 50 lakh respectively.

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CPL announces record applications for CPL Player Draft 2016

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A record number of local and international stars have been officially registered for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Player Draft which takes place on 11 February in Barbados.

Commenting on this year’s record list of applicants both in the West Indies and across the world, Director of International Cricket for CPL, Tom Moody said: “Some of the leading names in world cricket have signalled their intentions to join the biggest party in sport at the CPL, so this year’s competition is sure to be our most exciting to date.

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Virender Sehwag rejoins Kings XI Punjab

Explosive legend, Nawab of Najafgarh Virender Sehwag has been appointed by Kings XI Punjab as the mentor for the upcoming IPL Season 9. In his new role, Virender Sehwag will work closely with Head Coach Sanjay Bangar and be responsible for guiding and motivating the squad to help them excel at their performances.

Commenting on his appointment Sanjay Bangar Head Coach- Kings XI Punjab said, Virender Sehwag has been an integral part of the KXIP squad over the last two seasons and understands the dynamics of the team very well. With him stepping in as the mentor, the team will immensely benefit from his guidance and advice. His knowledge of the game will certainly help in establishing a strong team and bring out the best in all the players. I am sure that Sehwag will prove to be a great mentor and his presence will be extremely appreciated by the squad.”

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Sydney Thunder win Rebel Women's Big Bash League

The Sydney Thunder have been crowned the Rebel WBBL|01 Champions at the MCG. The final caps off an impressive inaugural season for the tournament, with promising attendance and TV ratings numbers suggesting a bright future for the competition.

After restricting the Sydney Sixers to 7/115 thanks to an impressive bowling performance from Erin Osborne (3/21), the Sydney Thunder chased down the total in the final over of the match with three wickets in hand to complete their highly successful campaign.

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Chris Lynn named Big Bash player of the tournament

Big hitting Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn has been named the KFC BBL|05 player of the tournament. Throughout the regular season, Lynn scored 378 runs off 218 balls with a highest score of 101 and in the process became the tournament’s highest run scorer for the season.

Lynn earned 22 votes for the tournament, beating three Adelaide Strikers for the title, with Adil Rashid (17 votes), Mahela Jayawardena (15 votes) and Travis Head (14 votes) finishing in the top four most valuable players.

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Ajit Chandila gets life ban, Hiken Shah banned for 5 years

The Disciplinary Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met at Board’s Headquarters, Cricket Centre, in Mumbai today and pronounced the orders in the case of Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah.

1. Ajit Chandila: He is held guilty of misconduct and corruption within the Articles 2.1.1; Article 2.1.2; Article 2.1.3; Article 2.1.4; Article 2.2.2; Article 2.2.3; Article 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code.

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James Pattinson ruled out of Melbourne Renegades' match against Adelaide Strikers

Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will not be available for the Melbourne Renegades’ match against the Adelaide Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League (KFC BBL) on Monday 18 January.

James, who took 13 wickets in the three Commonwealth Bank Tests against the West Indies, experienced soreness in his left shin towards the end of that series and, as a result, was unavailable for the Renegades’ KFC BBL matches that followed the conclusion of the final Test in Sydney.

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