Ben Stokes could skip this year's IPL: report
As per a Daily Mail report, Root opted not to put his name forward for next month's 'mega auction', saying after England's Ashes defeat that 'there's a lot that we need to do for this team, which deserves all of my energy'. Root has never played in the world's richest T20 league and he was unlikely to have been picked up by an IPL franchise in any case. But Stokes has played 43 matches in the tournament, first for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in 2017 and since then for Rajasthan Royals.
England cricketers Joe Root, Mark Wood contemplate participating in IPL 2022
England's Test captain Root has never been picked up by an IPL franchise and has not entered the auction since going unsold in 2018. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is yet to confirm the centrally-contracted players' availability for the 2022 edition. And, with England's first Test against New Zealand starting on June 2, Root would likely be required to leave the IPL before the knockout stages if he becomes part of the cash-rich league.
IPL 2022: Kolkata Knight Riders appoint Bharat Arun as bowling coach
"I'm very excited and looking forward to becoming part of a highly successful franchise, such as the Knight Riders. I have admired the Knight Riders franchise for not only being very successful in the IPL & around the world in T20 leagues but also for the way it is very professionally run," said Arun on his new coaching role. Arun, who played two Tests and four ODIs for India, takes over the role from former New Zealand pacer Kyle Mills with immediate effect.
IPL: Ahmedabad, Lucknow given Jan 22 deadline to submit draft picks
After finally giving the clearance to the CVC Capital to own the Ahmedabad franchise, the board formally authorised the two new teams to sign players. The go-ahead was given to them through a letter on Wednesday, a Cricbuzz report said. The development comes a day after the meeting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council.
Ashes defeat: ECB could limit England cricketers' involvement in IPL
Several England cricketers, including their top batters such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, and all-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, were rested for the country's two-Test series against New Zealand because of their involvement in the IPL. England lost the two-Test series to the Blackcaps 0-1 in 2021.
IPL 2022 promises to be bigger, better and more exciting than ever before
The word 'exciting' naturally comes to everybody's mind when someone talks about 'new' things in life or in general. Likewise, the two new franchises will completely change the dynamics of the IPL. The RPSG Group has picked Lucknow as their home base with a winning bid of whopping Rs 7,090 crore while Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) opted for Ahmedabad with a bid of Rs 5,625 crore.
Don't Mind It: For Rajini fan Venkatesh Iyer, it'll be another year of 'sticking to my process'
The young man doesn't want to change anything and stick to the same "process" in his cricketing journey in 2022. An MBA in Finance, Iyer - is a big fan of Rajinikanth, admirer of Alastair Cook and his favourite batter is Sourav Ganguly. Notably, they all are left handers and Venkatesh's liking is quite understandable, since the 27-year-old stylish all-rounder, too, is a southpaw.
Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Steyn, Lara, Katich and Badani for coaching roles ahead of 2022 IPL
While Steyn will be the pace bowling coach, Lara will be serving as strategic advisor and batting coach. Katich, who was the head coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first phase of IPL 2021, will be the assistant coach while Badani joins as fielding coach and scout.
IPL mega auction likely to be held in 2nd week of February, next year
Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi have been shortlisted and the venue will be finalised based on the availability of dates, a Cricbuzz report said. Notably, it could well be the last mega auction that the BCCI might conduct as the majority of participants, including the franchises, agree that the idea of having a big auction after every three years is no longer a great deal.
Former India opener Gambhir signs up as mentor for Lucknow IPL franchise
Gambhir's appointment is the second major announcement after Andy Flower was appointed as the head coach on Friday by the Sanjiv Goenka-owned RPSG Group. Goenka welcomed Gambhir into the yet-to-be named Lucknow team, who remarked that "Gautam has an impeccable career record. I respect his cricketing mind and look forward to working with him."