Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

BCCI to allow five overseas players in Women’s IPL

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will allow five foreign players in the inaugural season of the Women’s IPL, which is scheduled to happen in the early weeks of March. Also, the BCCI has confirmed to include at least one player from the associate nation in the playing XI.

As per a Cricbuzz report, unlike the IPL rules, where four overseas players are allowed, the fifth player will have to be from an associate nation, as mentioned by one of the sources from a potential new franchise.

Additionally, the report states that BCCI has set INR 12 crore as the salary cap for the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL), which will launch next month. The salary cap will continue to increase throughout the course of five years and will have an annual increment of INR 1.5 crore. By the end of the five-year cycle, the cap will increase to INR 18 crore. Unlike the opening edition of the IPL, there is no slot for icon players in the five-franchise tournament.

The guidelines are set for the first five years of the WIPL. It is also reported that five teams will be a part of the WIPL in the first three years, increasing to six teams in the last two years of the cycle.

The Women’s IPL is reported to commence on March 4, with the finals to be hosted on March 26. Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium are expected to host all the matches. The Wankhede Stadium won’t be available for the WIPL as it will be hosting the games of the Men’s IPL.

IPL: Has it killed Test cricket?

IPL: Has it killed Test Cricket?

T20 cricket cancels out the entire foundation of what the sport of cricket was initially based on during its establishment. The makers of cricket wanted it to be a gentlemen’s game, with the Test format being the oldest version of the sport. Time, days, or results were not the issue in Test cricket, whereas T20 demands entertainment plus results in a span of a few hours. 

Why did T20 cricket become famous? 

The T20 format was introduced in the 21st century, and its rise happened soon after India won the first T20 World Cup in 2007. The MS Dhoni-led team lifted the first World Cup, and it gave rise to the Indian Premier League, the biggest T20 tournament in the world to date. With the introduction of leagues like the IPL, the focus of the cricketing fans drastically shifted to the T20 format. 

Fans got the taste of a quicker, faster format with sure results within 4 hours. T20 handed more amusement than the two older formats. Test cricket was already in its dying stage, with “The Ashes” being one of the few events which were keeping the format alive amongst the fans. T20 was the antidote to the long, tedious hours of cricket, and it worked very well to rejuvenate the meaning of the game. 

The IPL has had a large influence on the game of cricket. It has drawn some top international players to the league and has become known for its exciting and high-scoring format. The shorter format of the matches has also allowed more opportunities for teams to come out on top, making it more difficult for any one team to dominate the tournament. 

The IPL has also had a major influence on cricket’s commercial and business side, with the league’s massive success allowing teams to earn huge amounts of money in sponsorships and broadcasting rights. This has increased top players’ wages and increased investment in cricket’s infrastructure and youth development programs. The IPL has also been credited with creating new jobs in the sport and helping bring more attention and recognition to the game worldwide. 

While many fans, especially the younger generations, are glued to the T20 format, some have accused the shortest format of the game of killing the entire game. Is it true that T20 has killed Test cricket? Or it’s just an accusation without any base? Let’s have a look at it. 

IPL: Has it seriously killed Test cricket? 

Now, many fans are against the whole idea of T20 cricket as it is considered to be killing Test cricket slowly. However, the fans have already drifted away from the Test format and were only interested in the ODIs. But as soon as IPL came into the picture, it hijacked the market completely. Fans went berserk for the shortest format as the fours, and massive sixes were not a sight of novelty. 

The financial rewards from playing in the IPL have also had an effect on Test cricket. Many of the top players are now opting to play in the IPL rather than participate in test cricket, which can affect the traditional form of the game. It is difficult to say whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) has had a direct and negative impact on test cricket. The IPL has certainly changed the landscape of cricket, but it is still too soon to evaluate its long-term effects on the world’s oldest form of the game. 

MS Dhoni won the toss and inserted Mumbai Indians in to bat.

Source: Cricbuzz

Many experts have suggested that the IPL could provide a boost to test cricket by bringing more fans and attention to the game. However, there are also concerns that the intense IPL schedule could put too much strain on players and potentially lead to injuries or further fatigue if they are not given enough rest and recovery time. Ultimately, it is hard to say what the long-term effects of the IPL on test cricket will be, but it is clear that the competition has had an overall impact on the game and its future. 

The IPL’s influence on cricket is not limited to just Test cricket. The league has been credited with introducing the sport to new audiences, helping to drive up interest in cricket worldwide. It has also helped fund projects such as improved facilities, training programs, and academies for young players all around the world. Additionally, the IPL has brought in new rules and regulations, as well as innovations such as pitch technology and third-umpire decisions, which have all had an effect on the game of cricket as a whole. 

IPL, PSL, and BBL all came into the existence as the T20 format started running for the entire year. And as it is rightly said, too many cooks spoil the dish. The T20 format is sounding less and less amusing after 15 years of its existence due to the numerous numbers of matches per year.

As opposed to all the accusations, the T20 format has done more good to Test cricket than harm. People have slowly started enjoying Test cricket again as they want a break from the one-sided batting-oriented games. While the fans also enjoy the fast-paced games in T20 cricket, they also want to see technicality and aggression in the purest format of the game. Virat Kohli’s era as India’s Test captain greatly helped the format. The aggression bought into the game influenced and also seemed attractive to the newer generations. 

The same work is being done by Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum as they are re-defining Test cricket as a whole via ‘Bazball’. The T20 World Cup winners have set new heights in the Test format, which is as interesting as it can get. Credit for England’s new mentality toward Test cricket should also be given to the T20 format. The T20 format has taken sports to undiscovered places. The T20 format, especially IPL, has even handed many modern-day Test aces like Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, and Shardul Thakur. So, in our opinion T20 format has benefited the growth of Test cricket. 

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 10: Trent Boult of the Delhi Capitals celebrates taking the wicket of Faf Du Plessis of the Chennai Super Kings during the Indian Premier League IPL Qualifier Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The success of the IPL has also had other positive effects, such as encouraging more international players to participate in the competition, bringing together different cultures, and creating opportunities for talented players worldwide. Additionally, the IPL has helped to re-engage traditional cricket fans and bring in new ones, driving up viewership and helping the sport reach new heights. Ultimately, the IPL has had a major impact on test cricket and cricket as a whole, and its influence is likely to continue for years to come. 

Test cricket has always been the best format of the game, and it will continue to be the same for generations to come. The T20 structure is like a breath of fresh air and has handed the fans more reasons to love the sport. Having said that, top cricketers of top countries still prefer Test cricket over lucrative leagues like IPL and PSL. Cricketers are ready to let go of their million-dollar deals to represent their country in the red-ball format. 

Here are some of the famous quotes about the IPL: 

  1. “The IPL has changed the face of cricket in India and it’s been a wonderful journey for many of us.” Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  2. “The IPL has caught the imagination of the masses and I think it is here to stay.” – Sachin Tendulkar
  3. “IPL is an incredible platform which has opened up avenues for a lot of youngsters who have got a chance to show their talent.” – Virat Kohli
  4. “IPL has been a great platform to measure a cricketer’s skills and talent.” – Yuvraj Singh
  5. “The IPL has become a global phenomenon and I’m proud to be part of it.” – Brian Lara
  6. “It has always been amazing to play in the IPL. The quality of the cricket and the audiences have only made it better.” – Shane Warne

There are pros and cons. While it has led to shorter attention spans, IPL has led players to play a very exciting form of cricket that no longer leads to boring dead rubbers. Do you think IPL has killed Test cricket?

Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur

Viacom18 bags the media rights for Women’s IPL

Viacom18 has won the media rights for the inaugural Women’s Indian Premier League for the five-year cycle, i.e. 2023-2027, as informed by BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. The winning bid by Viacom18 was worth INR 951 crore, which translates to a value of INR 7.09 crore per match for the 2023-27 period. This makes it the second-costliest cricket league in the world.

BCCI president Roger Binny said, “I would like to congratulate Viacom18 for bagging the media rights for Women’s IPL for the period of 5 years.” He further said. “Women’s cricket has been on the up since a few years and the recently concluded bilateral series against Australia is a great testament to how popular women’s cricket has become in India.”


Binny further added, “It was only apt to get our own women’s T20 league and give the fans more of women’s cricket. I would also like to congratulate the BCCI leadership and its workforce for a successful media rights process and wish them the very best for the first edition of the Women’s IPL.”

The inaugural season of the Women’s IPL, tentatively scheduled for March 2023, will feature eight teams who will play in a round-robin format. It is also widely reported that some of the current IPL team owners will be buying franchisees in the Women’s IPL.

The Network18- owned has also secured the digital rights to the Men’s IPL for the same cycle and the ongoing SA20 League in South Africa.

IPL Auction 2023: Sam Curran becomes the most expensive IPL buy; sold for Rs. 18.50cr

England’s star allrounder Sam Curran has become the most expensive IPL signing of all time. Punjab Kings bought the all-rounder for Rs. 18.50 crores.

The all-rounder was expected to go big but becoming the most expensive IPL buy was shocking. The English all-rounder was the “Man of the Tournament” at the 2022 T20 World Cup. Curran had taken 13 wickets in 6 games with a fifer against Afghanistan in the group stage match.

After the auction ended, Curran tweeted, “Back to where it all started! Looking forward to it 🦁”. Sam Curran was a part of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2019 season.

Additionally, Ben Stokes and Cameron Green were among the expensive signings. Ben Stokes was sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 16.25 crores. While Mumbai Indians bought Cameron Green for Rs. 17.50 crores.

IPL 2023: England duo Curran & Stokes register with 2 Cr base price; No Indian features in the list

The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that the mini-auction for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League would happen on 23rd December in Kochi. A total of 991 players, including 714 Indians and 277 overseas players, have registered themselves for the mini-auction, which will be held in the lead-up to a second successive 10-team season.

2022 T20 World Cup’s Man of the Tournament Sam Curran leads the list of players with a base price of Rs. 2 crores. Following him are his English teammates Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Phil Salt and Tom Banton.

Other marquee players on the list include Australia’s sensation Cameron Green, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head and Chris Lynn. New Zealand’s star players like Kane Williamson, Adam Milne and Jimmy Neesham are also listed on the list. Additionally, the list includes South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw and Rassie van der Dussen, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and West Indies’ former T20 skipper Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder.

However, no Indian has listed their base price as Rs. 2 crores. Amongst the Indian players registered, there are many players with a base price of Rs. 1 crore, including Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.

A statement from BCCI said, “If every franchise were to have a maximum of 25 players in their squad, 87 players are available to be bought in the auction (of which up to 30 players can be overseas players).”

As per a Cricbuzz report, 19 capped Indian players, 166 capped International players, 20 players from Associate nations, 91 uncapped Indians who were a part of the previous editions, 3 uncapped Internationals who were a part of the previous editions, 604 uncapped Indians and 88 uncapped International players form the long list of players who will go under the hammer.

Players with base price Rs. 1.5 crores: Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Sherfane Rutherford

Players with base price Rs. 1 crore: Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Joe Root, Luke Wood, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Perera, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Akeal Hossein, David Wiese

IPL 2023: The list of expected players to be released from every franchisee

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is getting tougher with each year passing by. With the introduction of two new teams: the Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, winning the prestigious trophy has become more strenuous. A side must have the perfect blend of batters, bowlers, and all-rounders to win the best T20 league in the world. 

There is no denying the fact that the auction is the cornerstone of winning the illustrious IPL trophy. The decision-makers of every franchise need to be thorough with their teams’ necessities before entering the bidding battle in the auction. Having said that, as important as it is for a team to sign a perfect player, at the same time, it is very crucial for them to get rid of some of them. 

Releasing a player before an auction is also a very important step before entering a new season. An out-of-form player with a heavy price tag is enough to drag a whole team back single-handedly. All ten teams will look for some adjustments in their squad before the upcoming season. 

The IPL 2023 auction is set to be held in December. The official date is yet to be announced by the BCCI. However, all the teams are required to submit the list of their retained and released players by November 15. 

Let’s have a look at the list of expected players to be released from every franchisee in IPL 2023: 

Mumbai Indians

“Humiliating” will be an understatement to describe Mumbai Indians’ performance in the IPL 2022. The five-time IPL winners won just four games out of the 14 played in the recently conducted season. What makes it worse is that most of the games were played in Wankhede Stadium, the team’s home ground itself. The MI management has some serious thinking to do and needs to get back on track before it gets too late. 

Players Mumbai Indians can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Jaydev Unadkat

2) Fabian Allen

3) Tymal Mills 


Chennai Super Kings

If Mumbai Indians had a bad season, Chennai Super Kings had a disappointing one as well. CSK looked completely lost in IPL 2022. The MS Dhoni/ Ravindra Jadeja-led side finished 9th a season after winning the IPL. The out-of-favours CSK side also won just four games in IPL 2022. 

The Men in Yellow are expected to bounce back in the upcoming season as it can be the last time MS Dhoni’s last season as a player. CSK will need a perfect team to make MSD’s last dance a special one.


Players Chennai Super Kings can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Chris Jordan 

2) Adam Milne 

3) Robin Uthappa


Sunrisers Hyderabad 

SRH kick-started their IPL 2022 with back-to-back losses. However, the team managed to gain momentum by winning five games straight. The Orange Army then looked to lose the plot by going on a 5-game losing streak and eventually finished 8th in the IPL 2022 points table. 

Umran Malik’s outrageous bowling carried the team for most of the season. Other than that, it was just an average performance from the rest of the squad, including their skipper Kane Williamson. Fans are still not over the fact that SRH failed to retain David Warner and Rashid Khan in the same window. 

Players Sunrisers Hyderabad can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Sean Abbott 

2) Fazalhaq Farooqi 

3) Abdul Samad 

4) Romario Shepherd

Kolkata Knight Riders 

Kolkata Knight Riders experienced a bright start to their IPL 2022 campaign but failed to thrive on it. KKR have a good squad with a promising young skipper in the form of Shreyas Iyer. And with Chandrakant Pandit’s arrival at the coaching helm, we can expect plenty of changes in the KKR’s squad this season. KKR fans were seemingly unhappy with their team’s strategy in the 2022 mega-auction. However, we might see a positive turnout this time. 

Players Kolkata Knight Riders can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Ajinkya Rahane 

2) Aaron Finch 

3) Shivam Mavi 


Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings let go of KL Rahul and appointed Mayank Agarwal as their new captain before the IPL 2022 season. However, the alternations didn’t make much difference for PBKS as it proved to be yet another disheartening season for them. PBKS finished 6th for the 3rd consecutive time under the management of head coach Anil Kumble. 

PBKS has a lot of promising players in their squad, with some big names including Liam Livingstone, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Arshdeep Singh, and Kagiso Rabada. To think of a team consisting of so many big names ending up with just 7 wins in a season is rather dissatisfying. 

Punjab Kings can easily fight for the title in IPL 2023. PBKS will look to offload some deadwood from their squad before the mini-auction takes place. PBKS’ new head coach Trevor Bayliss is expected to bring in some major changes in their team ahead of the IPL 2023 season. Shikhar Dhawan has already been named their new skipper to start with. 

Players Punjab Kings can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Mayank Agarwal 

2) Sandeep Sharma

3) Benny Howell 

4) Odean Smith

5) Vaibhav Arora 

Delhi Capitals 

Almost every year, Delhi Capitals start as one of the front-runners to win the IPL but ironically fails to turn their long-lasting dream into a reality. Delhi Capital’s star-studded squad, which included the likes of Rishabh Pant, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, and Prithvi Shaw, was expected to crush most of their challengers. 

However, DC finished 5th in the IPL 2022, which perfectly sums up the team’s journey in the Indian T20 tournament. The Rishabh Pant-led team has got all the ingredients to win the IPL. With a little switch, the Delhi Capitals can fix their problems ahead of the 2023 IPL. 

Players Delhi Capitals can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Shardul Thakur 

2) Mandeep Singh 

3) Tim Seifert

4) Mustafizur Rahman

5) Ripal Patel 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

To think that the great Virat Kohli has never won an IPL will always be an astonishing fact. A team that consisted the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle, all at the same time and still never bagged an IPL trophy is a disturbing fact. In an ideal world, Royal Challengers Bangalore should have clinched at least 1 IPL title. However, IPL can not be won by facts but by performances that RCB somewhere lacks in every season. 

RCB managed to amass a great squad in the 2022 mega auction but failed to change their fortunes. We are expecting some minor changes in the RCB’s squad ahead of the 2023 IPL mini-auction. 

Players Royal Challengers Bangalore can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Sherfane Rutherford 

2) Jason Behrendorff 

3) Karn Sharma 

4) David Willey 

Lucknow Super Giants 

The newly-formed side under the leadership of KL Rahul did pretty well in their maiden season. LSG finished 3rd as they gathered a total of 9 wins in IPL 2022. The Lucknow-based franchise will be motivated by its set of great stints in its very first season and will only look to thrive from it. 

Players Lucknow Super Giants can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Manish Pandey 

2) Andrew Tye 

3) Evin Lewis 

4) Ankit Rajpoot


Rajasthan Royals 

Many would argue that Rajasthan Royals were indeed the best side of IPL 2022. RR looked like the most balanced team out of the 10 in the previous season. The Rajasthan-based team dominated most of their rivals, with Jos Buttler leading the batting from the front. 

Sanju Samson and his “pink army” reached the IPL 2022 finals but couldn’t taste the glory. However, RR will surely be one of the favourites to win the next IPL. Rajasthan Royals won’t be eager to implement many changes in their almost perfect squad. 

Players Rajasthan Royals can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Nathan Coulter-Nile 

2) Karun Nair

3) Obed McCoy

4) Rassie van der Dussen


Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans created history by winning the IPL in their very first season. The Hardik Pandya-led team displayed great courage against some of the best players in the world. Gujarat Titans had a different match-winner in each victory of theirs. GT’s immense individual quality was their X-factor in IPL 2022. Gujarat Titans will want to maintain a similar approach for the seasons to follow as well. We are not expecting any big changes in Gujarat’s squad for the upcoming season. 

Players Gujarat Titans can release before the 2023 auction: 

1) Vijay Shankar 

2) Gurkeerat Singh Mann 

3) Noor Ahmad

4) Varun Aaron

Mayank Agarwal axed from Punjab Kings’ captaincy; Shikhar Dhawan to replace

Things are looking bleak for Karnataka-based Mayank Agarwal. The Indian player was removed from captaincy in the Indian Premier League team Punjab Kings. Shikhar Dhawan replaces him in that role. This move was approved by their franchise board and backed Trevor Bayliss, their new coach, on Wednesday.

Agarwal has not been among the runs. In IPL 2022, his return were terrible. He scored just 196 runs in 13 matches at an average of 16.33. The team didn’t do very well either. Kings ended the season in sixth place.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has a lot of experience in the captaincy role. He has led Sunrisers Hyderabad and the national squad quite often. Dhawan, who has been leading the national side in the absence of star players like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, has been doing a fabulous job. In the IPL too, he has always been scoring tons of runs every season. He is the second-most highest runs scorer in the list of Most runs scored in IPL.

Mayank was one of the two retentions of the franchise last year, and it was for Rs. 14 crores. The India opener scored 196 runs in 13 innings at an average of 16.33. In contrast, Bairstow had scored 253 runs in 11 games at an average of 23. Dhawan was the team’s highest scorer. He scored 460 runs in 14 matches at an average of 32.85.

It now remains to be seen whether Punjab Kings will retain or release Mayank Agarwal. All the IPL teams have until November 15 to submit a list of the players they want to keep ahead of the next IPL.

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