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Gautam Gambhir named captain of Delhi Daredevils

The Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday announced that Gautam Gambhir has been appointed captain of the franchise for the 2018 Vivo IPL season.

DD Chief Executive Mr. Hemant Dua made the announcement about the appointment in the city while also launching the jersey for the season. Also present on the occasion was Gambhir himself along with his teammates Naman Ojha and Manjot Kalra.

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Dinesh Karthik appointed new skipper of KKR

India’s wicket-keeper, batsman Dinesh Karthik has been appointed as Kolkata Knight Riders’ new Captain & Robin Uthappa as Vice Captain. The announcement was made in the KKR-Star Sports show called Knight Club. Present on the occasion were KKR’s MD & CEO, Mr Venky Mysore, and Dinesh Karthik himself.

Dinesh Karthik who has played 152 games since the inception of IPL said, “It is an honour to represent Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the most successful franchises in the VIVO IPL and I look forward to this new challenge. I am excited about the squad that has been assembled, which has a great combination of experience and youth. I will do my best to represent brand KKR and the millions of KKR fans.”

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Wellington Blaze claims NZC Women's Twenty20 title

Wellington Blaze has claimed the NZC Women's Twenty20 crown for the third time in the space of six seasons after rain prevented play on the final day of the women's national domestic season in Lincoln, Canterbury, this morning.

Finishing with a strong record of seven wins, two losses and today's abandonment from the 10 rounds, Wellington Blaze went into today's scheduled final round holding a four-point advantage over their biggest rivals, one-day Hallyburton Johnstone Shield winners the Auckland Hearts (six wins). 

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Gayle, Stokes, Bravo, Maxwell and Malinga to go under the hammer in 2018 IPL Auction

The Indian Premier League Player Registration closed on Friday, Jan 12, 2018, with a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the mega VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018 scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.

As has been the trend over the last 10 seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.

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Yusuf Pathan escapes with light sentence for inadvertent substance abuse

Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. Mr Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.

Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T-20 competition on 16th March 2017 in New Delhi. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.

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Kirsten and Nehra to strengthen RCB Coaching Team

Cricket stalwarts are set to bolster the coaching team of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as preparations begin for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Former coach of the world cup winning Indian cricket team and South African cricketer Gary Kirsten and former Indian fast-bowler Ashish Nehra have come on-board as Batting and Bowling Coach, respectively. Additionally, Kirsten and Nehra will also play the role of mentors for the team during the league.

Daniel Vettori, Head Coach, Royal Challengers Bangalore, said, “I am excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both of them bring a wealth of experience in cricket, which the team can learn from immensely.  We look forward to an amazing season.”

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Titans win third straight RAM SLAM T20 Challenge

Chris Morris led a stellar bowling performance as the Multiply Titans stormed to a third successive RAM SLAM T20 Challenge title with a crushing seven-wicket win over the overawed Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the final at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday night.

The Proteas all-rounder finished with four for 13 in 3.3 overs to help the hosts shoot out the visitors for a paltry 100 in 18.3 overs. 

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge Final Preview: Titans vs Dolphins

Multiply Titans coach Mark Boucher believes the two best teams will line up in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final and is expecting a tough battle against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday.

The match will decide who takes the first Franchise prize on offer in 2017/18 with the star-studded hosts firm favourites for a third straight 20-over title.

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RAM SLAM T20 Challenge: Shamsi's four-for helps Titans book Final ticket

Tabraiz Shamsi’s best-ever RAM SLAM T20 Challenge figures helped the Multiply Titans book their ticket to this weekend’s final with an emphatic eight-wicket win over the Warriors at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

The Standard Bank Proteas spinner grabbed four for 32 as the hosts and defending champions dismissed the visitors for just 143 in 18.1 overs, before unbeaten half-centuries by Aiden Markram and AB de Villiers eased them to victory with a whole 4.4 overs to spare. 

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