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Saturday, March 31, 2018

IPL 2018: Mitchell Starc ruled out due to stress fracture

Australia‘s injury-prone fast bowler Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a stress fracture in his right leg, dealing a blow to his franchise Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) prospects. The pacer was also ruled out of the fourth and final Test against South Africa, which started in Johannesburg.

“Mitchell Starc has a ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’. He will return home for further assessment after the Test and will miss the IPL,” Cricket Australia tweeted. The left-arm pacer was bought by KKR for INR 9.4 crore at the IPL auction in January, but will not take place in the lucrative tournament this season now.
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Starc was replaced for the final Test against South Africa by South Australia’s Chadd Sayers and will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment.

Starc’s tryst with injury has been never ending. In Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, a heel injury had ruled him out of action. However, he was part of the all the three Tests against South Africa. KKR can call for replacement from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP).

KKR’s other fast bowlers include Vinay Kumar, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

IPL 2018 full schedule and venues list

IPL 2018 auction was the talk of the town in late January. A total of 169 players were bought and a whopping INR 431.7 crores were spent in two days by eight franchises. The eleventh edition is about to commence, and BCCI has released the itinerary for the entire tournament. Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will square off against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — the yellow brigade’s comeback match after their two-year ban — in the tournament-opener on April 7 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The playoffs’ venues — barring Qualifier 1 — aren’t decided as of now. The summit clash will be held in Mumbai on May 27. The opening ceremony will most likely be held at Wankhede.

Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab will face each other in their first games at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in both sides’ first encounter of the season. Sunrisers Hyderabad will welcome Rajasthan Royals back into the tournament, hosting them on April 9. Here is the complete schedule.

No.DayDateTimeTeam 1Team 2GroundCity
1SaturdayApril 720:00Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
2SundayApril 816:00Kings XI PunjabDelhi DaredevilsIS Bindra Stadium Mohali
3SundayApril 820:00Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers Bangalore Eden Gardens Kolkata
4MondayApril 920:00Sunrisers HyderabadRajasthan Royals Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
5TuesdayApril 1020:00Chennai Super KingsKolkata Knight Riders MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
6WednesdayApril 1120:00Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi Daredevils Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
7ThursdayApril 1220:00Sunrisers HyderabadMumbai Indians Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
8FridayApril 1320:00Royal Challengers BangaloreKings XI Punjab M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
9SaturdayApril 1416:00Mumbai IndiansDelhi Daredevils Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
10SaturdayApril 1420:00Kolkata Knight RidersSunrisers Hyderabad Eden Gardens Kolkata
11SundayApril 1516:00Royal Challengers BangaloreRajasthan Royals M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
12SundayApril 1520:00Kings XI PunjabChennai Super Kings Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore
13MondayApril 1620:00Kolkata Knight RidersDelhi Daredevils Eden Gardens Kolkata
14TuesdayApril 1720:00Mumbai IndiansRoyal Challengers Bangalore Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
15WednesdayApril 1820:00Rajasthan RoyalsKolkata Knight Riders Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
16ThursdayApril 1920:00Kings XI PunjabSunrisers Hyderabad Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore
17FridayApril 2020:00Chennai Super KingsRajasthan Royals MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
18SaturdayApril 2116:00Kolkata Knight RidersKings XI Punjab Eden Gardens Kolkata
19SaturdayApril 2120:00Royal Challengers BangaloreDelhi Daredevils M. Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
20SundayApril 2216:00Sunrisers HyderabadChennai Super Kings Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
21SundayApril 2220:00Rajasthan RoyalsMumbai Indians Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
22MondayApril 2320:00Delhi DaredevilsKings XI Punjab Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
23TuesdayApril 2420:00Mumbai IndiansSunrisers Hyderabad Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
24WednesdayApril 2520:00Royal Challengers BangaloreChennai Super Kings M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
25ThursdayApril 2620:00Sunrisers HyderabadKings XI Punjab Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
26FridayApril 2720:00Delhi DaredevilsKolkata Knight Riders Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
27SaturdayApril 2820:00Chennai Super KingsMumbai Indians MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
28SundayApril 2916:00Rajasthan RoyalsSunrisers Hyderabad Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
29SundayApril 2920:00Royal Challengers BangaloreKolkata Knight Riders M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
30MondayApril 3020:00Chennai Super KingsDelhi Daredevils MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
31TuesdayMay 120:00Royal Challengers BangaloreMumbai Indians M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
32WednesdayMay 220:00Delhi DaredevilsRajasthan Royals Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
33ThursdayMay 320:00Kolkata Knight RidersChennai Super Kings Eden Gardens Kolkata
34FridayMay 420:00Kings XI PunjabMumbai Indians IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
35SaturdayMay 516:00Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers Bangalore MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
36SaturdayMay 520:00Sunrisers HyderabadDelhi Daredevils Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
37SundayMay 616:00Mumbai IndiansKolkata Knight Riders Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
38SundayMay 620:00Kings XI PunjabRajasthan Royals IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
39MondayMay 720:00Sunrisers HyderabadRoyal Challengers Bangalore Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
40TuesdayMay 820:00Rajasthan RoyalsKings XI Punjab Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
41WednesdayMay 920:00Kolkata Knight RidersMumbai Indians Eden Gardens Kolkata
42ThursdayMay 1020:00Delhi DaredevilsSunrisers Hyderabad Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
43FridayMay 1120:00Rajasthan RoyalsChennai Super Kings Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
44SaturdayMay 1216:00Kings XI PunjabKolkata Knight Riders IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
45SaturdayMay 1220:00Delhi DaredevilsRoyal Challengers BangloreFeroz Shah Kotla Delhi
46SundayMay 1316:00Chennai Super KingsSunrisers Hyderabad MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
47SundayMay 1320:00Mumbai IndiansRajasthan Royals Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
48MondayMay 1420:00Kings XI PunjabRoyal Challengers Bangalore IS Bindra Stadium Mohali
49TuesdayMay 1520:00Kolkata Knight RidersRajasthan Royals Eden Gardens Kolkata
50WednesdayMay 1620:00Mumbai IndiansKings XI Punjab Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
51ThursdayMay 1720:00Royal Challengers BangaloreSunrisers Hyderabad M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
52FridayMay 1820:00Delhi DaredevilsChennai Super Kings Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
53SaturdayMay 1916:00Rajasthan RoyalsRoyal Challengers Bangalore Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
54SaturdayMay 1920:00Sunrisers HyderabadKolkata Knight Riders Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium Hyderabad
55SundayMay 2016:00Delhi DaredevilsMumbai Indians Feroz Shah Kotla Ground Delhi
56SundayMay 2020:00Chennai Super KingsKings XI Punjab MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
57TuesdayMay 2220:00Qualifier 1 Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
58WednesdayMay 2320:00Eliminator
59FridayMay 2520:00Qualifier 2
60SundayMay 2720:00Final Wankhede Stadium Mumbai

Note: KXIP will play three home games in Indore, and remaining four in Mohali. In addition, this edition will see 12 encounters to start from 4.30PM IST and the other 48 from 8PM.

Playoffs: Qualifier 1 will be held on May 22 in Mumbai, followed by the Eliminator on May 23. Qualifier 2′s date is on May 25, and the edition will be wrapped up on May 27 in Mumbai.

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Author’s take: IPL 2018 has already created a lot of hype and buzz, few months ahead of the tournament. With teams’ getting shuffled and revamped, it will be interesting to see which franchise attains the coveted trophy this time around. The tournament-opener, MI versus CSK, will keep the viewers’ engaged since their rivalry is well known. Interestingly, CSK also played their last game versus the same opposition, before missing out the last two seasons due to ban.

Ranveer Singh INJURED: not sure if he’ll perform at the opening ceremony of IPL 2018

In a sudden turn of events, Ranveer Singh has injured his shoulder. He suffered this mishap while playing a football match recently as his spokesperson confirms, “Ranveer Singh has injured his shoulder during a football match and has been advised not to over strain it for at least 1 month. Ranveer is, however, not taking any breaks and will continue shooting for Gully Boy as per schedule.” It’s unfortunate that this has happened right before the grand premiere of Indian Premier League 2018 that’s going to take place on April 7 considering Ranveer was supposed to perform at the opening ceremony. In fact, he was reported to be the highest paid actor at the IPL this year. Also read: Ranveer, Parineeti, Varun and Jacqueline to turn up the heat during the grand premiere
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Will Ranveer step back from the opening ceremony of IPL 2018 due to his shoulder injury? And the spokesperson clarifies, “Ranveer is in consultation with the doctors who will advice him, in a day or two, on whether he would able to perform at this year’s IPL opening ceremony in which he is doing the finale act.” We really hope for his speedy recovery. After all, no celebration is complete without Ranveer Singh and IPL premiere is certainly not going to be the same without him.

Meanwhile, other celebrities who are signed to perform at the grand premiere of IPL 2018 include Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineet Chopra among others. Pray for Ranveer’s health and keep watching this space for latest updates. Knowing Ranveer’s energy and his positive attitude, we’re sure he will beat this injury and surprise us on the opening day of IPL 2018. More love and strength to you, Ranveer.

IPL 2018 : BCCI to monitor workload of Indian players keeping 2019 World Cup in mind

The BCCI is all set to monitor workload of top 50 Indian cricketers, starting with the seven-week IPL, and will create a database for their workload and injury management to keep them fresh for big international assignments.

It has been learnt that the Indian team management is keen that a big pool of players including the top internationals, fringe players and domestic performers are brought under a robust performance and fitness monitoring system in the coming years.
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“Yes, the plan is there on the anvil. We want to create a database of 50 players. In those 50 players, 27 are our centrally contracted players (with Mohammed Shami re-inducted) and there will be another 23 players, who will be added to the list. These 23 players will be short-listed during the Indian Premier League,” a senior BCCI office-bearer told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“Starting from India’s tour of UK (which includes a short tour of Ireland), the national team is going to have enormous amount of workload till 2019 World Cup in England. Those who are performing, will have their workload monitored as well as the various parameters of their fitness levels checked. If they don’t attain required levels, they are not likely to be considered for India or India A teams. Physio Patrick Farhart will monitor them at the National Cricket Academy (NCA),” the official added.

The blue-print is being prepared and the national selection committee headed by MSK Prasad will have a major role in selecting the 23 players.

The BCCI earlier had also put plans in place to monitor the workload of fast bowlers during the IPL with a cap on the number of overs that each centrally contracted player would send down at the nets.

With big tours of England and Australia coming up in the next nine months and the volume of ODI cricket set to increase, BCCI will need at least 7-8 fit fast bowlers, who could be rotated and kept fresh.

Apart from the 27 in the list, it is expected that players such as Rishabh Pant, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Avesh Khan and Deepak Hooda are likely to be inducted.