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Yuvraj does it again in IPL Auction, while mystery man Cariappa attracts plenty of interest

Who says one can't be lucky every year. Luck was definitely a lady today for former India superstar Yuvraj Singh, who has been rewarded for his years of exemplary service to Indian cricket with another massive payday in the Indian Premier League. Bought for a whopping 14 crores last year by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise released him recently, but were still keen to re-sign the player, possibly at a considerably reduced price.

Yuvi though was never going to go cheap in today's mini-auction, in which 67 players were picked up the 8 IPL franchises. RCB were in the bidding, as were the Rajasthan Royals early on, but Yuvraj Singh was eventually picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for a massive 16 crores.

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Kings XI Punjab adds Indian star Murali Vijay in IPL Auction

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To further strengthen the team’s performance in the forthcoming IPL Season 8, Kings XI Punjab bagged Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalker at the auctions held today in Bangalore. Making strategic additions to the team with a spend of Rs. 3.4 crore and remaining wallet of Rs. 9.2 crore, the franchise has fortified its batting and bowling side.

The franchise was represented by Mohit Burman, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Preity Zinta, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Ness Wadia, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Fraser Castellino, Chief Operating Officer along with Ashish Tulli, Official Analyst.

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Kolkata Knight Riders to face Mumbai Indians in Opening Match of IPL 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Pepsi IPL 2014 winners, will commence their defence of the title, on home turf, on 8 April 2015. The opening encounter of the Pepsi IPL 2015 will see them play Mumbai Indians, winners of the 2013 season, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 8th April 2015.

A total of 60 matches (including the 4 playoffs) will be played over a period of 47 days, in the eighth season of the tournament that has captured the imagination of cricket-lovers across the world.

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Contracting for Big Bash 05 begins today

The T20 Big Bash League player contracting for BBL|05 begins today, with Clubs able to enter into agreements with players for the coming season. The BBL Contracting Start Date was set five days after the conclusion of the BBL|04 Final following a review of contracting rules at the end of last season.

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Shane Bond to be Mumbai Indians bowling coach

Mumbai Indians have secured the services of former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond as bowling coach for the upcoming IPL 2015 season.

39-year-old Shane, currently serving the New Zealand Cricket board in similar capacity for the national team, will join in the ranks of Mumbai Indians’ support staff along with former Australian great Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes (Fielding Coach) and Robin Singh (Batting Coach). Ricky was recently handed over the responsibility of Head Coach for Mumbai Indians.

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IPL Teams release player lists for 2015 season

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A total of 123 cricketers including 79 Indians and 44 Overseas players were retained by the franchises for the 2015 Pepsi Indian Premier season. Five Indian cricketers have been traded during the window for player trade this year.

The window for the franchises to extend the player contracts on existing terms for Pepsi IPL season closed on Dec 15, 2014. 

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Cobras add RAM SLAM T20 to Trophy Cabinet

The Nashua Cape Cobras picked up their ninth trophy in six seasons as they beat the Chevrolet Knights by 33 runs to win the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in front of a packed Newlands crowd.

It is the first time in four years that the Cobras have won the competition, but they have also clinched four four-day titles and three one-day trophies since the start of the 2009/10 season.

Omphile Ramela was the star of the final with the bat, hitting 54 in just 34 balls as the Cobras racked up 158 for four after winning the toss and electing to bat.

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RAM SLAM T20: Classy Hendricks and Rossouw take Knights into final

The Chevrolet Knights booked their first RAM SLAM T20 final in six years as they beat the bizhub Highveld Lions by eight wickets in Sunday’s eliminator at Bidvest Wanderers.

The result means that the Knights will now play in the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time since the competition’s inaugural edition in 2009 - back when they were still known as the Eagles - and will meet the Nashua Cape Cobras in Friday’s final at Newlands.

The Knights showed composure with both bat and ball, with their two Proteas batsmen, Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw, showing their class in a 115-run partnership - a ground record for the second wicket - that allowed them to chase down a target of 149 with 13 balls to spare.

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Big Bash League teams announced

A host of the world’s best T20 players are locked in for the fourth edition of the KFC T20 Big Bash League after team squads were finalised yesterday. A strong mix of short-format talent and entertainment will be on show over the school holidays after contracting across the League’s eight clubs ended yesterday at 2pm AEDT.

Game-changers like Jacques Kallis (Sydney Thunder), Aaron Finch (Melbourne Renegades), Kevin Pietersen (Melbourne Stars) and Andrew Flintoff (Brisbane Heat) will take the field alongside the next generation of Australian talent.

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