Friday, April 18, 2008

IPL Takes over!!

Not has such outrage been seen in cricket since the packer series!! Defection is the name of the game and oh yes, lots of money is involved! For those of you who have been living under a rock, the IPL is the Indian Premier League, and is a 20/20 tournament boasting such teams as the Mohali Punjab Kings and the Delhi Daredevils. Normally, the whole world would not take such an interest in a domestic competition such as this, but what makes this tourni so sick is that there is massive money behind it and thus, the worlds top players have been bought!

No, i didn't cook out, they were bough in an AUCTION!! A player auction similar to the NFL Draft picks. How sick. The most expensive players were:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India, US$1.5m
Andrew Symonds, Australia, US$1.35m
Sachin Tendulkar, India, US$1.121m
Sourav Ganguly, India, US$1.092m
Yuvraj Singh, India, US$1.064m
Rahul Dravid, India, US$1.035m
Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka, US$975,000
Ishant Sharma, India, US$950,000
Jacques Kallis, South Africa, US$900,000
Virender Sehwag, India, US$833,750
Chris Gayle, West Indies, US$800,000

The Indians obviously fetched the most, but kallis managed a reasonable $900k, not bad for a few weeks work. The action kicks off today and it sees the Bangalore Royal Challengers pitting their might against the Kolcatta Knight Riders. What Names, very retro.

The Saffers That are involved are:

Jaques Kallis
Albie Morkel
Morne Morkel
Makhaya Ntini
AB De Villiers
Herschelle Gibbs
Graeme Smith
Shaun Pollock
Ashwell Prince
Loots Bosman

For a full look at the teams and all the fixtures click here

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